Continuing Education

Christopher Gronbeck

Christopher Gronbeck

Christopher Gronbeck is owner and manager of The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar in Fremont. He's been writing and teaching about wine and spirits for many years, and has a 20-year history as an educator. Christopher is passionate about exploration and discovery at The Barrel Thief, and loves eating and drinking his way to a better understanding of cultures around the world.

Courses Taught

American Whiskey: A Colorful History

If "the history of whiskey" conjures up visions of outlaws and bootleggers, you're not far off! We'll explore the birth of American Whiskey and its storied evolution, from European settlers to the expansion westward to a burgeoning Kentucky industry, Prohibition, and the modern whiskey boom. We'll taste different styles of Bourbon, Rye, and other whiskeys, and come to appreciate how far America's classic spirit has come! Taught by Christopher Gronbeck, owner of The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar in Fremont, and Sommelier David LeClaire of Seattle Uncorked. Students must be 21 or older; picture ID required. Please eat before coming to class. A $10 materials fee is due to instructor in class.

Mo 6pm–8pm Jan 29 (1 session) $39.00
The Barrel Thief, Wine and Whiskey Bar (Off Campus, Map)
3417 Evanston Ave N, #102 Seattle WA
Winter Quarter
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A Wine Tour of Italy

If you'd like to become more familiar with the main regions, grapes and classic styles of the wines of Italy, this class is for you! We'll taste wines from the North – Verona, Friuli, Piedmont - and then head south to Tuscany, Umbria, Campagne, and then to the islands of Sardegna and Sicily. Enjoy tasting your way through the Italian countryside.... no passport needed! Students must be 21 or older; picture ID required. Please eat before coming to class. A $10 materials fee is due to instructor in class. Class meets off campus at The Barrel Thief, 3417 Evanston Ave N, #102, Seattle.

Mo 6pm–8pm Jan 22 (1 session) $39.00
The Barrel Thief, Wine and Whiskey Bar (Off Campus, Map)
3417 Evanston Ave N, #102 Seattle WA
This class is already in session. Please call or email the Continuing Education office for possible late registration.
Winter Quarter