(Drinking Boston) [Kindle] Ï Stephanie Schorow
I picked this up at an
author signing I really only went to because I liked the restaurant that was hosting signing that I really went to because I liked the restaurant that was hosting signing and wanted to get free drinks and appetizers The signing was an overcrowded disappointment but the book actually turned out to be pretty goodI expected it to be little 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 speakeasies Prohibition and the current craft cocktail renaissance but I found the sections about Revolutionary era Boston to be the real eye openersAs with any book of this type I sort of got the impression that the author s I sort of got the impression that the author s interests end up dominating her account beer seems to get short shrift but I don t feel she ignored all that much Probably not of much interest to non Bostonians though Here is my interview with Stephanie Schorow for DigBoston 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 Informative and cool but it was just too boring for me And the 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. T how it survived Prohibition by serving near beer that had less than5% alcohol and loved how customers celebrated Repeal at Jacob Wirth s even though the establishment had not yet obtained a liuor license Getting smashed at Jacob Wirth s est 1868It was also interesting reading about McGreevy s formerly called the Third Base Saloon a long standing sports bar and baseball museum that is now owned by the Dropkick Murphys Even though I m not into sports bars I m tempted to visit just for its historyReading about some of the bars that have come and gone made me a little nostalgic for the Rathskeller nown as The Rat a punk club in Ken Suare nown for its music scene sticky floors and fights I remember seeing The Neighborhoods there in the early 80 s Along with the history there are lots of interesting black white photos and with the history there are lots of interesting black white photos and Each chapter concludes with a drink recipe This is a thoroughly enjoyable and comprehensive history that I was glad to find at the library 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 Fun fun fun want to try some of the old time spirits. Hood 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 " sweeping the nation Stephanie Schorow serves up a remarkable cocktail representative of Boston's intoxicating story its spirit of invention hardscrabble politics its mythology and the city's never ending battle between personal freedom and civic refo.