Adam von Gootkin, "Living Proof"

Living Proof tells the story of how, in just a few short years, Connecticut natives Adam and Pete took Onyx Spirits Company from a start-up concept born in a restored Civil War-era factory to a multimillion-dollar, award-winning spirit distillery by breaking rules, learning from failures, and challenging the status quo.

Business lessons distilled from the mind of a moonshiner include:

Finding your purpose in business (and life).
Setting goals, reaching goals--then setting more goals.
Founding a small business and growing it into a big company.
Building a highly unique brand.
Making money out of thin air (almost).

Adam's ancestors were arrested in 1864 for tax evasion on a shipment of moonshine bound for Canada, resulting in the collapse of Chafee & Co. Distilling. Undaunted by their demise, the family opened the Grand Chafee's Hotel in Middletown, Connecticut, at the dawn of the Roaring twenties, hosting an opulent and infamous speakeasy. The family legacy continues today with Onyx Moonshine.

Failing out of college after one semester, Adam von Gootkin chose to embark on an entrepreneurial adventure that has traversed e-commerce, muscle cars and the music industry. Now, at 32 years young, he and his business partner have resurrected his family moonshine legacy 78 years after it's inception, successfully introducing the world to the first ultra premium American moonshine.

Enjoy some Onyx moonshine at the event!

This event is FREE. Click here to register.

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine's Journey to Revive the American Spirit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632650146
Availability: Special Order
Published: Career Press - October 19th, 2015