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, whiskey, and good old-fashioned storytelling. Doors open at 7:30pm. 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. For more information, visit www.smithtower.com. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.smithtower.com/events.php.
Beginnings: The Seduction of a Seattle Cop
Monday, February 11 | 8pm – 10pm
How does a rising-star cop – the youngest Lieutenant in the Seattle Police Department – decide to secretly form a gang and become enmeshed in bootlegging, only to find himself racing his car off-road to avoid capture by Federal Prohibition Agents on March 22, 1920? 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 – well before national prohibition – and immerse yourself in a bygone era of dramatic Seattle politics and culture wars.
The Rise of Old Roy: Seattle’s Most Original Innovator
Monday, March 4 | 8pm – 10pm
Fired from the Seattle Police Department, Roy Olmstead makes a historic decision 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 surprisingly classic tale of Northwest entrepreneurship, innovation, and spirit.
The Hard Fall: The Feds Fight Back
Monday, April 1 | 8pm – 10pm
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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