Proof: Flagship tasting event to showcase Washington’s leading distilleries

A world champion ice sculpture artist and local entrepreneur. A top distiller and educator. A noted spirits historian with an artisan flair. These are just a few of the interesting and unique presenters who will take the stage at PROOF: The Washington Distillers Festival, to share their wit and wisdom with lovers of craft spirits from throughout the Seattle area. PROOF — the one-night-only, flagship tasting event of the Washington Distillers Guild, runs from from 5:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 at Fremont Studios (VIP admission at 4:30 p.m.).

Through its first four years, PROOF has been a huge hit with distillers and consumers alike. More than 45 craft distilleries attended last year’s sold-out event, where attendees met and mingled with the craftsmen and women of the Washington Distillers Guild — the largest of its kind in the nation — while enjoying award-winning spirits, delicious local bites and more in a hip, urban setting designed to showcase grand tasting programming and education.

In addition to the chance to taste locally made whiskey, gin, bourbon, vodka and other craft spirits, attendees will be able to discover a new favorite cocktail made by local restaurants, and purchase bottles of their favorite new finds. Plus, leading experts from throughout the region — including Creative Ice artisan Steve Cox, The Barrel Thief’s Christopher Gronbeck and Raising the Bar’s Renee Cebula — will take to the Use The Booze stage throughout the evening, sharing tips for enjoying your favorite spirits in new or interesting ways.

Full information, including a list of participating distilleries and restaurants, plus ticket prices and more, is available online at PROOFWashington.org