Moonshine at the planetarium: Cocktail contest to support October fundraiser


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium at the University of Louisville is holding a moonshine cocktail contest in advance of its October fundraiser, the Moonshine Mash Bash.

    Anyone 21 years or older may enter the contest, which must feature a cocktail made using Jeptha Creed Original Moonshine. Spirits from Jeptha Creed, a family-owned craft distillery in Shelbyville, will be featured at an Oct. 19 fundraiser at the planetarium that celebrates the grand opening of the new Mary Ann Russell Science Education Exhibit featuring the moon. The winning cocktail will be served at the event.

    Cocktail recipes must be submitted by Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. to Three finalists will compete in person Oct. 8, 1 p.m., at the planetarium. The media is welcome to attend the Oct. 8 event.

    Rules for the contest can be found at Joyce Nethery, UofL alumna, master distiller and CEO of Jeptha Creed, will award the first-place winner with $100 cash. The winner will also receive a ticket to the Moonshine Mash Bash.

    The Moonshine Mash Bash will be held Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m. at the planetarium and all ages are invited to attend. Tickets are $47 each, which includes admission, food and two drinks. Tickets are available at

    For more information, contact Paula McGuffey, 502-852-5855.



    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.