When the Volstead act took effect on January 16th, 1920, banning the sale of alcohol, many Bostonians expected that the city’s boisterous nightlife would be extinguished. And while most bars and saloons were forced to shutter their doors, others found ways to survive this period of darkness. Prohibition gave rise to dingy speakeasies, and questionable bathtub gin, and Boston’s storied relationship with booze endured.
Together, the Brookline Booksmith, the Regal Beagle, Union Park Press, and Boston-based Bully Boy Distilleries invite guests to join them at Bawdy Boston at the ‘Beagle, a night paying tribute to Prohibition, a distinctly notorious time period in Boston. Stephanie Schorow, author of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, will share what she’s learned about the history of drinking in Boston, from the colonial-era taverns to today’s cocktail bars, giving special attention to Boston during Prohibition. Guests will enjoy a selection of Prohibition-themed snacks and cocktails featuring Bully Boy’s small batch craft rum, whiskey and vodka throughout the evening. A complimentary signed copy of Drinking Boston is included with each ticket ($35 in advance/$40 at the door).
What: The Brookline Booksmith Presents: Bawdy Boston at the ‘Beagle
Where: Regal Beagle, 308 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA (Coolidge Corner)
When: 7:00 PM, January 20th, 2013
Why: For the love of books, history and booze
Who: Brookline Booksmith, Regal Beagle, Union Park Press, Bully Boy Distilleries
How: Tickets are available online, or call the Brookline Booksmith at (617) 566-6660 for more information.
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.