Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits

From the revolutionary camaraderie of the Colonial taverns to the saloons of the turn of the century from a Prohibition period rife with class politics, social reform, and opportunism to a trail of nightclub neon so vast, it was called the Conga Belt, Drinking Boston is a tribute to the fascinating role alcohol has played throughout the city s history Teasing out this cuFrom the revolutionary camaraderie of the Colonial taverns to the saloons of the turn of the century from a Prohibition period rife with class politics, social reform, and opportunism to a trail of nightclub neon so vast, it was called the Conga Belt, Drinking Boston is a tribute to the fascinating role alcohol has played throughout the city s history Teasing out this curious relationship in particular, the clash between a constrained Puritanism lingering like a hangover today and a raucous revolutionary spirit, Drinking Boston introduces the cast of characters who championed or vilified drinking and the places where they imbibed legally and otherwise Visiting some of Boston s most storied neighborhood bars, this pub crawl ends with Boston s distinct recipe for the current cocktail renaissance sweeping the nation Stephanie Schorow serves up a remarkable cocktail representative of Boston s intoxicating story its spirit of invention, its hardscrabble politics, its mythology, and the city s never ending battle between personal freedom and civic reform.
Drinking Boston A History of the City and Its Spirits From the revolutionary camaraderie of the Colonial taverns to the saloons of the turn of the century from a Prohibition period rife with class politics social reform and opportunism to a trail of ni

  • Title: Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits
  • Author: Stephanie Schorow
  • ISBN: 9781934598092
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits”

    1. Posted at Shelf Inflicted Since Boston has the dubious honor of coming in first place on the Daily Beast's 25 Drunken Cities list for two years in a row and I regularly enjoy the pleasure of working, eating, and drinking there, I knew this book would be right up my alley. This is a very well laid out chronology of Boston’s drinking history starting with the city’s revolutionary past and Prohibition and continuing with a detailed exploration of the city’s changing landscape, the public’s [...]

    2. Drinking Boston is a jaunty trip through the city's history from inside its bars, taverns, breweries and even prisons. Carefully researched and can be used as a reference and even a cocktail recipe book.

    3. I picked this up at an author signing that I really only went to because I liked the restaurant that was hosting the signing and wanted to get free drinks and appetizers. The signing was an overcrowded disappointment, but the book actually turned out to be pretty good.I expected it to be little more than a collection of anecdotes about Boston bars, padded with recipes, but Schorow actually provides an excellent history of Boston's taverns, bars, and breweries. Of course she talks about speakeasi [...]

    4. An interesting history of alcohol usage and sales in Boston up to the present day. A lot of compelling info about the Boston party scene throughout the last century.

    5. Informative and cool but it was just too boring for me. And the chapters were long. I don't mind long chapters, but if they're long boring chapters ARG!

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