Final ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation will be Monday, May 6 at Smith Tower


The final in a three-part presentation series on Roy Olmstead – aka ‘The Good Bootlegger’ – will be held Monday night, May 6 at the historic Smith Tower.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the presentation starts at 8 p.m.

This will be the finalé of a three-part series – although each works as a standalone event – presented by local filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer at the iconic, historic, prohibition-era Observatory Bar on the Smith Tower’s amazing 35th floor.

The most recent presentation – held on April 1 – sold out, so get your tickets soon:

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 educational and engaging speaker series in three parts, combining history, mythology, rum, and good old-fashioned storytelling.

Exclusive Specialty Cocktail
In honor of our rumrunning roots, we’ll be featuring an exclusive specialty cocktail only available during Smells Like Seattle Spirits events. Make sure to 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 p.m. 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 for your enjoyment.
  • While we encourage you to attend all sessions, it’s not required to follow along with the storyline.

WHEN: Monday, May 6; doors open at 7 p.m., presentation starts at 8 p.m.

WHAT: The Hard Fall: The Feds Fight Back
Olmstead’s good guy anti-hero popularity peaks, with his remarkable popularity driven by better whiskey, lower prices, and an ethical commitment to non-violence. Olmstead is labeled in the media as “The Good Bootlegger,” but it’s too good to last. While Olmstead is beloved by many as the opposite of a Capone-style, violence-driven whiskey operation, his success attracts the country’s most innovative federal prohibition agents to Seattle who determines –using new technology – to bring the Olmstead empire crashing down.


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