Tin Roof Drink Community is Claire Sprouse and Chad Arnholt. Their goal is to create a culture of shared information and practices within the cocktail industry.

Since 2014, they have committed their focus to what has become the industry’s utmost concern—sustainability; spotlighting green bar initiatives through sustainable design projects, beverage programing, educational initiatives, individual consultations, and community outreach.


CHAD got his start in the vibrant Boston cocktail scene. His experience ranges from fine dining to clubs, and from dives to cocktail bars. Chad helped launch Boston’s Woodward at Ames and Citizen Public House, ultimately landing as Assistant Beverage Director for the Franklin Restaurant Group. He received his MFA from Tufts University and has been an active educator and community builder, having run a nonprofit gallery, initiated art lectures, organized and volunteered at many a cocktail week, led the Boston Bar Collaborative, and taught Performance Art. Now in San Francisco, CHAD opened/manned the bar at Trick Dog and  worked on event production and consulting with The Bon-Vivants. He was recently featured as one of 25 Rising Star Mixologists in FOOD & WINE’s 2015 COCKTAIL BOOK.

The Square, San Francisco Bar Manager: Claire Sprouse making a "white wine spritz", sherry, pineapple, black pepper, bitter lemon

CLAIRE SPROUSE originally hails from Houston, Texas, where she helped establish the city’s cocktail scene. In 2011, she moved to San Francisco to manage operations and cocktail development at bar group, FUTUREBARS; specifically at Rickhouse (“Best High Volume Cocktail Bar”, 2011 TOTC Spirited Awards) and Tradition. She has also spent time at Comstock Saloon and most recently helped open and spends time behind the 2015 TOTC’s Best New American Cocktail Bar, ABV. She was included in Esquire Magazine’s top ten National “Most Imaginative Bartenders” in 2012, and has represented the USA in international cocktail competitions. Claire stays true to her non-profit background, organizing fundraising opportunities for local organizations.

photographs by GABI PORTER and NOELLE CHUN.

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