Barrel Thief Academy - Whiskey 101 Series

Thu, Jan 7 at 7pm

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Kick-start your exploration of whiskey with this three-part series covering everything you need to know to start appreciating whiskey even more!

This series consists of 90-minute classes, offered every other week:

The World Tour of Whiskey
Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 @ 7:00pm

An overview of whiskey...what it is, its history, major milestones, ups & downs, expression in different cultures, and the state of the industry at present.  We'll also discuss how to select, buy & enjoy whiskey.  This class sets the stage for the rest of the 101 series, and the 201 classes.

How Whiskey is Made: Distillation & Maturation
Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 @ 7:00pm

In this class, we'll delve into greater detail about how whiskey is made, including grain selection & processing, fermentation, distillation, aging in cask, post-aging production, and bottling.  What decisions are made along the way, and why?  After this class, you'll understand the entire life cycle of whiskey, from field to bottle.

Current Trends & Blind Tasting
Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 @ 7:00pm

A fun tour of the directions the whiskey industry is exploring in America, Scotland, and worldwide.  What distilleries are experimenting with, where the market is headed, and what this means for the whiskey enthusiast.  We'll accompany this with a blind tasting of whiskeys...test your senses, while learning about the evolution of global whiskey traditions.

Each class is accompanied by 5 tastes of whiskey (0.5 oz bottles), which you'll pick up at The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, anytime the week before the series begins.

Classes are taught by Christopher Gronbeck, owner of The Barrel Thief and longtime whiskey educator, and moderated by Carolyn Sellar, proprietor of Adventures in Whisky.  Classes are held via Zoom Meeting, and include a presentation, guided tasting, and interactive Q&A session.

Tickets to the three classes are offered individually ($50), as the Whiskey 101 Series of three classes ($120), or as a six-class series of Whiskey 101 + Whiskey 201 ($200).  By purchasing the Whiskey 101 series, you'll receive a swag bag with free gifts to help you fully enjoy the classes.  Purchase the six-class series, and receive the swag bag plus special discounts on whiskey available only to Full Series purchasers.  The series make great gifts for the holidays!

Students must be 21+.  Classes will be recorded so you can watch them later, if you can't attend live (students may elect to keep their video & audio off for privacy).


The Barrel Thief

3417 Evanston Ave. N #102
Seattle, WA 98103

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