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The Art and Science of Distillation

January 27, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library

Distillation is the process by which a liquid is heated to create a vapor and then condensed back into a liquid again. When this ancient practice is applied to fermented products, the result is wonderfully tasteful spirits. Join master distiller Benay Shannon, co-founder and owner of Restless Spirits Distillery, for an insider’s look at the art and science behind creating spirits from experimenting in the lab to taste testing the finished product. Benay will also share how Restless Spirits has aided the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by manufacturing and donating hand sanitizers.

The speaker

Benay Shannon founded Restless Spirits Distilling Company in 2015 with her husband, Michael. A former high school science teacher at Park Hill South, Benay uses her scientific expertise to create finely crafted whisky, gin, and vodka products, including the award-winning and nationally distributed Builders Gin.


Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. Your link to join the program will be included in the confirmation email and on the confirmation screen after you complete your registration.

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The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy our public programs. Closed captions are provided. If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the program.

Once you register for this event, you will receive email communications from the Linda Hall Library and the Linda Hall Library Foundation. You may choose to opt out of these communications at any time. Your contact information will not be sold or provided to any third parties.

The program will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.

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January 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Linda Hall Library
Kansas City Public Library

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