Boston History Series: Historic Boston Cocktails
Consuming alcohol has a long and rich history in Boston. Alcohol provided inspiration, created tension, and was used to celebrate many occasions in colonial and revolutionary Boston. Join Bryan Ames, the Bar Director at The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks, and Brooke Barbier, author of Boston in the American Revolution: A Town versus an Empire, for an evening of history and imbibing. Guests will enjoy a tasting from Bryan’s Historical Cocktail Menu, which uses ingredients that were available during the eighteenth century. The drinks will be paired with the lively and colorful stories that inspired each cocktail’s name, as told by Brooke. Join us and toast the spirits of the past with the spirits in your glass!
Brooke Barbier received her PhD in American history from Boston College. Because she believes that beer makes history even better, she founded and owns Ye Olde Tavern Tours, which offers spirited tours of Boston's Freedom Trail. When she's not thinking or talking about history, she's watching baseball, especially the Red Sox. A native of San Diego, she has resided in Boston for seventeen years.
Currently the Bar Director at The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks located in downtown crossing, Bryan Ames has been working in the hospitality industry for the last 12 years in Boston. He created numerous educational programs around alcohol, including his “Beer 101” class which has been presented at Harvard University for the last three years. You can follow his exploits on Instagram @thebostonbarman or on his blog.
Before the breadth of Boston nightlife we now know comes the history of those who fought for the end of prohibition. The Errors of Prohibition: An Argument Delivered in the Representatives' Hall, Boston, April 3, 1867, before a Joint Special Committee of the General Court of Massachusetts by John Albion Andrews gives one look at this tumultuous argument. You can schedule an appointment to view this document in the Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room.
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