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Whiskey Business: Sip, Savor & Learn

Join Christopher Gronbeck of The Barrel Thief on a fun, whirlwind tour of whiskey distilling in Washington State, from its pre-history, to its commercial inception only a decade ago, to current trends and future prospects. Learn why this young, vibrant industry has such a promising future, as you taste through a selection of the best whiskey that Washington State has to offer. Includes 5-6 tastings.
To purchase the Whiskey Business seminar ticket, add your PROOF tickets to your cart (GA or VIP) and select the Whiskey Business seminar as an add-on during check out.

Christopher Gronbeck
Christopher is owner of The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar, which is located two blocks east of PROOF. Christopher has been in the industry for over ten years, and teaches whiskey classes at The Barrel Thief, North Seattle College Continuing Education, and private events. He's pleased to be back at PROOF, this year, sharing his enthusiasm for local spirits.

Use the Booze Sessions

(Included with your PROOF admission)
D.I.Y. Summer Entertaining – How to master the art of simple creations.

Look out summer, here we come! Whether you’re hosting a family gathering, or entertaining neighbors and friends, this year’s Use the Booze sessions will teach you how to craft simple cocktails, create delicious dishes from local ingredients, and put together a kick-ass home bar kit.

Create Balance in Cocktails

Want to learn how to make mouthwatering, easy cocktails from one of Seattle’s best bartenders? Niles Peacock from Edmonds' 190 Sunset will show you how to craft a deliciously balanced cocktail with the perfect harmony of sweet, sour, salty and savory. These easy techniques will make you the best bartender at your next summer gathering.

Niles Peacock, 190 Sunset
Niles Peacock, the dapper man behind the bar in his signature waistcoat and jaunty neckerchief, is a dab hand at mixing up amazing cocktails at Edmonds' 190 Sunset, where has named Best Bartender in Western Washington by viewers of KING 5.

D.I.Y. Tiny Bar Curation

Put together a small bar kit that covers all the cocktail-creation bases. Anu Apte of The Bar Bazaar (and mastermind behind No Anchor, Rob Roy and Navy Strength) will teach you how to best utilize your bar tools, and what spirits and mixers to stock for maximum usage. You’ll leave this session with a game plan for your next summer party – big or small.

Anu Apte-Elford, The BAR BAZAAR
Anu Apte-Elford is the sole proprietor of bar-tool haven The BAR BAZAAER and cocktail den Rob Roy, and co-owns No Anchor (a James Beard Award winner) and Navy Strength (recently named America's Best New Cocktail Bar). Anu has tended bar all over the world, been featured in numerous books and articles, and in 2014 was invited to present a cocktail at the National Museum of American History for the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Art of Simple Creations

Backyard party, beach hangout, family gathering … we’ve got you covered this summer! Chef Josh Delgado from Le Coin will help you master the task of simple, fresh and delicious summer cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Jon Christiansen, bar manager at Monsoon East, will also show you how to craft sensational, easy cocktails from local craft spirits and mixers.

Chef Josh Delgado, Le Coin
Located at the corner of 42nd and Fremont, Le Coin is a new complementary American French restaurant with an emphasis on working with carefully sourced products from the PNW. The restaurant has a unique cross section of being a great space for celebrations, special events as well as being perfect for a date night. Chef Josh Delgado invites you to sit up at the Chef's counter with him and Sous Chef Danny Martinez to chat food and enjoy the experience of the open kitchen.

Jon Christiansen, Saigon Siblings
The longtime Beverage Director for Saigon Siblings restaurant group (Monsoons, Ba Bars, Central Smoke), Jon puts in plenty of time behind the stick, mostly at Monsoon Seattle. Over more than 25 years in the Seattle bar scene, Jon has also authored recipes for ADI gold-medal winning BroVo 11 Amaro and BroVo's Witty Vermouth, and collaborated on BroVo's Orange Curacao. Currently, Jon is developing/co-producing a climate change-themed cocktail week dubbed DrinktheChange, highlighting climate crisis though curated cocktails that act as educational pieces on climate change cause and effect.