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2017 Guest Speakers

Sessions are included with your ticket price and will be taught by local bartenders and industry celebrities. Check back soon for the 2017 line-up of sessions and speakers.

STEVE COX - Creative Ice

Ice – More Than Keeping Your Beverage Cold
For the last 32 years, Creative Ice has crafted an array of brilliant ice sculptures for all occasions. An award-winning artist, Steve has been recognized internationally as a leading ice sculptor, traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska, for five World Ice Art competitions. In 2013, Steve and his son, Justin Cox, teamed with Steve and Heather Brice to win the 2013 Grand Prize! His works of art provide a unique and unforgettable event! From radiant crystal vases to ice curtains, ice bars and more, no event is truly complete without an ice sculpture from Creative Ice. In 2012, Creative Ice began a new chapter in the new craft-cocktail arena, where clear, oversized ice cubes are a must. Creative Drink Ice now services over 30 Puget Sound-area bars, restaurants and hotels weekly for their craft-ice needs, including a retail nine-pack at all Metropolitan Markets.

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American Whiskey 101
Christopher Gronbeck is the owner of The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey bar in Fremont, which features over 300 whiskeys from Washington and around the globe. Christopher has taught wine and whiskey classes for over 10 years, including North Seattle College's wine & spirits curriculum, whose classes are held at The Barrel Thief.

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RENEE CEBULA - Raising the Bar

Eff Yeah, Gin (The Lives of Gin)
Renee Cebula is a cocktail historian and owner of Raising the Bar. She shares the history of drinking in private classes, cocktail tours and through her column in Artisan Spirit magazine. During the summer, she sells vintage and bad-ass barware from her 1959 Aljo caravan at fairs and festivals throughout the Northwest. She’s passionate about sharing drinking stories that connect us to our history and enduring tradition.