2_BPLSeizedBoozeIt’s a common belief that our Puritan forefathers were an austere and prudish population, though in fact, many of them enjoyed the frequent frothy mug of flip or a large tankard of ale.

Boston history writer and journalist Stephanie Schorow dispels this and other misconceptions about Boston’s long and storied relationship with alcohol in her new book Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, which she will discuss the book at Old South Meeting House on Thursday, January 10th at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is made possible by funding from the Lowell Institute.

In Drinking Boston, 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—all told through the lens of the bottom of a cocktail glass.

Drinking Boston introduces readers to the cast of characters who championed or vilified drinking and the places where they imbibed—legally and otherwise. Bringing us to present day, this literary pub-crawl visits some of Boston’s most beloved and enduring neighborhood barrooms, ending with an examination of Boston’s very own recipe for the current cocktail renaissance sweeping the nation. Join Schorow at Old South Meeting House to learn more.

Schorow is the author of six books on Boston history, including Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston, The Cocoanut Grove Fire, The Crime of the Century: How the Brinks Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston, among others. A seasoned reporter, she has worked for the Boston Herald and the Associated Press.