Phoebe Esmon was born into a family of academics and antique dealers. She has lived all over the south-eastern/mid-western United States. Her own academic pursuits landed her in Philadelphia, where, in 2008, she received an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts. Esmon worked in many parts of the service industry as an undergrad. The experience whetted her appetite for the art of bartending, which she sees as a wonderful marriage of the front and the back of the house. Much of what she learned prior to getting back behind the stick came from personal research into cocktails and cocktail history, combined with a love and talent for food and flavors. After matriculating, she returned to the job with a renewed focus and passion. Phoebe was the founding president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. She is a board member of the Tequila Interchange Project, and continues to be active within her community both locally and nationally.