PROOF – Washington Distillers Festival Returns July 8, 2017

PROOF — The Washington Distillers Festival, the official tasting event showcasing Washington’s finest distilleries, will return for a fifth year on July 8 to Seattle's Fremont Studios. Tickets, a full list of participating distilleries and restaurants, plus complete event info, are available online at PROOFWashington.org.

Over its first four years, the event has been a huge hit with distillers and consumers alike. More than 40 craft distilleries attended last year's sold-out event, which gave attendees the chance to sip some of Washington’s award-winning craft spirits and meet the craftsmen and women of the Washington Distillers Guild, while enjoying delicious bites from a dozen local restaurants and more in a hip, urban setting designed to showcase grand tasting programming and education.

“The state of Washington is home to some of the fastest-growing craft distilleries in the nation, and we’re excited to have the chance to partner with the Washington Distillers Guild to showcase these incredible craft spirits,” says Dick Stephens, President/CEO of Varsity Communications. “This is a unique opportunity to sample a wide variety of locally made spirits, and celebrate this fast-growing industry in our state.

Over its first four years, the event has been a huge hit with distillers and consumers alike. More than 40 craft distilleries attended last year's sold-out event, which gave attendees the chance to sip some of Washington’s award-winning craft spirits and meet the craftsmen and women of the Washington Distillers Guild, while enjoying delicious bites from a dozen local restaurants and more in a hip, urban setting designed to showcase grand tasting programming and education.

“The state of Washington is home to some of the fastest-growing craft distilleries in the nation, and we’re excited to have the chance to partner with the Washington Distillers Guild to showcase these incredible craft spirits,” says Dick Stephens, President/CEO of Varsity Communications. “This is a unique opportunity to sample a wide variety of locally made spirits, and celebrate this fast-growing industry in our state.”

Including tastings of locally made whiskey, gin, bourbon, vodka and other craft spirits, attendees will have the chance to discover a new favorite cocktail made by local restaurants, and meet the craftsmen and women of the Washington Distillers Guild — the largest of its kind in the U.S. Bottles will also be on sale direct from the distilleries at their tables (with proceeds benefitting the Washington Distillers Guild), while local bartenders will provide tips on mixing drinks and upgrading your home bar.

Tickets are $45 through June 27 ($50 after), and include more than three hours of tasting (5:30-9 p.m.). A limited number of VIP tickets, including an extra hour of tasting, a VIP Glencairn glass and two additional tasting tickets, are $70. Last year's VIP tickets sold out quickly, so advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at PROOFWashington.org

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