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Seattle has its fair share of stories to add to Prohibition lore, having given rise to one of the most successful bootleggers in Pacific Northwest history, Roy Olmstead.

Smith Tower and The Good Bootlegger’s Guild present an engaging speaker series in three parts, combining history, mythology, rum, and good old-fashioned storytelling.

Exclusive Specialty Cocktail

In honor of our roots, we’ll be featuring an exclusive specialty cocktail only available during Smells Like Seattle Spirits events.

Ask for Runnin’ with the Devil, a delicious cocktail that includes Appleton Estate Signature Blend Rum, FORO Amaro, lemon sherbet, lime, and absinthe rinse.

Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are $20 per person.

Seating is limited and standing room will apply if the event is sold out.

A full bar and menu are available for purchase throughout the evening.

While we encourage you to attend all sessions, it’s not required to follow along with the story.

Monday, March 4

Beginnings: The Seduction of a Seattle Cop

How does the youngest Lieutenant in the Seattle Police Department decide to secretly form a gang and become enmeshed in bootlegging?

And how does he find himself racing his car off-road to avoid capture by Federal Prohibition Agents?

Join The Good Bootlegger’s Guild as we launch the story of a young man from Nebraska who joins the SPD at the tumultuous time our State goes dry.

Immerse yourself in an era of dramatic Seattle politics and culture wars.

Monday, April 1

The Rise of Old Roy: Seattle’s Most Original Innovator

Fired from the Seattle Police Department, Roy Olmstead makes a historic decision.

One that will change the business and political landscape in the Northwest throughout the 1920s.

With his “free time,” he will go into bootlegging booze full time.

What makes Olmstead different from every other bootlegger in Seattle, the Northwest, and the entire nation is a classic tale of Northwest spirit.

Monday, May 6

The Hard Fall: The Feds Fight Back 

Olmstead’s good guy anti-hero popularity peaks.

His remarkable popularity drives a push for better whiskey, lower prices, and a commitment to non-violence.

While the media labels Olmstead as “The Good Bootlegger,” it’s too good to last.

The people love Olmstead.

He’s the opposite of a Capone-style, violence-driven whiskey operation.

His success attracts the country’s best federal prohibition agents to Seattle.

And they’re determined to bring the Olmstead empire crashing down.

What happens next? Join us the first Monday of each month to find out.

We’ll see you soon!