University Relations and Communications


October 3, 2017

 photo of aged cocktails


MSUB Extended Campus Offers a Program to Learn About Barrel Aged Cocktails



University Relations and Communications, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — MSU Billings Extended Campus is offering another fun-filled community program, Creating Barrel Aged Cocktails, for anyone who likes to experiment.  This adds to the list of newly developed adult workshops, including Introduction to All Grain Beer Brewing and Drones for Dummies.


In this two-part class participants learn how the process works and create their own cocktails to age in an oak barrel.  During the first class, the basics of barrel aging are discussed.  Some minimal sampling will be done to ensure correct flavor profile. Each week at home, participants taste <0.5 oz. from the barrel and replace the “Angel’s share” with some of the original mixture or with the addition of select components of the original recipe. After three weeks, the second class is held to evaluate participant recipes by the group.  At the end of the evening their creations will be strained and bottled.  They will take home oak barrels and the finished product.


The instructor, Dr. Kurt A. Toenjes, has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. Kurt has served as the microbiologist for Gentle Ben’s Brewery, is a former home brewer, and is currently enamored with the creation, mixing and barrel aging of tasty whiskeys, gins and cognacs.


For more information about this program and others offered by Extended Campus, visit their website or call (406) 896-5890.