Monday, September 28, 2020

Drink up! Talks: Taverns, Prohibition, Temperance, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Whiskey...

There is no denying it... there are more and more virtual talks about drinks as our Covid lockdown continues. Grog (yes, grog by a Naval museum), beer, whiskey/whisky, gin, cocktails, teas and chocolate. Many talks include recommended  samples - either mailed or picked up locally. And even beer games done museum style (Penn Museum of UPenn). Tapes, then the October talks.

Taped talks (a couple before quarantine) -


Colonial American Taverns: Globalization in Food, Drink, and Material Culture. Vaughn Scribner. CHNY Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops book talk by Christine Sismondo. Fraunces Tavern Museum. NYC Tape HERE/

Ferries and Taverns During the Revolution. social life. Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarthy. HERE TAPES HERE

Women and Taverns in Colonial Maryland. Rod Cofield. Historic Londontown MD TAPE HERE

A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Female Tavern Keepers in 18th Century New Hampshire. Harvey Slayton, Marcia Schmidt Blaine. New Hampshire Humanities Nv 5 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

The Pub Unwrapped and the Golden Age of Pub-Building. Geoff Brandwood. The Victorian Society £11.03 TAPE HERE

North and South, Victorian heritage in our pubs. The Victorian Society TAPE HERE

The History of Pre-Civil War Sacramento. Saloons and Gold rush. James Scott. ACC Senior Services Mar 2022 TAPE HERE

Taverns, Temperance, Teetotalers & Tommy Guns: The History of Prohibition. Dr. Francis Coan & Stephen McGrath. Weston Historical Society CT Mr 10 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Temperance, Prohibition

On January 17, 1920 the US "went dry" when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. The Twenty-first Amendment ended Prohibition in 1933. Talks on rumrunners, speakeasies, temperance movement and even cryptology.

Goodbye Booze: The Music of Prohibition. Dr. Gregg D. Kimball. Library of Virginia Feb 2021 TAPE HERE

Dry January and the Origins of the Temperance Movement. Sarah Lohman. Chelmsford Public Library. Jan 12 2023 HERE TAPE HERE

Prohibition and Temperance. Iowa. Leo Landis. Iowa History 101. State Historical Society of Iowa TAPE HERE

Jan 14 Thur 6-7:30 Maritime Smuggling on Long Island: From Pirates to Rumrunners. Bill Bleyer. East Hampton Library HERE TAPE HERE

Jan 19 Tue 7-8 Cracking the Rumrunner´s Code: Elizebeth Friedman and Prohibition-Era Cryptology. A cryptanalyst, “Friedman decoded thousands of messages during Prohibition, including more than 12,000 shortwave radio transmissions sent by rumrunners.” Claire White of The Mob Museum. National Cryptologic Museum HERE TAPE HERE

Elizebeth Friedman PBS movie - The Codebreaker: Wife. Mother. Secret American Hero. Based on the book The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies. Streaming on PBS “American Experience” Jan 2021, with articles HERE

Mar 9 Tue 9-10pm Celebrate America's female Prohibition pioneers. “Each woman bootlegger is paired with a unique craft whiskey and distillery to highlight and honor their individual story.” Saint Liberty Whiskey. Women Who Whiskey Seattle Chapter $35 HERE

Mar 10 Wed 5:30 Taverns, Temperance, Teetotalers & Tommy Guns: The History of Prohibition. Dr. Francis Coan & Stephen McGrath. Weston Historical Society CT HERE TAPE HERE

Prohibition, Beer . Beers with Bill with Dr. Allen Pietrobon TAPE . HERE Series HERE

Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't. Garrett Peck. USCHS US Capitol Historical Society tapes HERE


Brewing at Newlin: An English Ale in an American Kitchen. Marc Meltonville of Hampton Court Palace in UK. Newlin Grist Mill. HERE TAPES HERE

Baltimore’s Brewing Industry - Past, Present & Future. Baltimore Museum of Industry. Theresa MuCulla, Curator of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian, and local craft brewers TAPE HERE

The History of Beer in New York. Debra Schmidt Bach. New-York Historical Society Oc 14 2020 TAPE HERE

Beer. Tavern Tasting. Keeler Tavern Museum CT & Frauncis Tavern NYC Ap 6 2021 TAPE HERE

Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present. Glenn Knoblock. Brown Memorial Library Se 22 2021 HERE TAPE 2020 tape HERE

Virginia's Brewed Past. “Virginia’s beer history through recipes, advertisements, photographs of local watering holes, and other beer-related artifacts.” Paige Newman. Virginia Museum of History & Culture Youtube or Facebook stream Se 10 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

A Most Wholesome Liquor: Beer in the 18th Century. Colonial Williamsburg Oc 2021 TAPE may be HERE

Colonial Milling & Brewing by traditional miller, Steve Bashore and 18th-century baker, Justin Cherry at Stratford Hall, VA HERE TAPE bottom of page HERE

Fermentation in Ancient Mesopotamia, Beer, Bread and More Beer Weekly Fermentology tape HERE

Brewing historical beer in 16th cen Ireland. 2021 website HERE

Prohibition, Beer . Beers with Bill with Dr. Allen Pietrobon TAPE . HERE Series HERE

Anchored in Beer and Land- Bullard’s Brewery. Norfolk Record Office. Late 19th cen records. 20 min. TAPES HERE

Women Brewing Beer in History, Africa, and Rwanda. July 30 2020. HERE. TAPE HERE

Wine, Mead

Bacchus Uncorked: Wine Shops of Pompeii. “retail outlets point to an urban culture for which wines, both local and foreign, were integral to Pompeian consumption.” Steven Ellis. Getty Museum Se 25 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Ancient Wine-Making, Heirloom Seeds, and Archaeobotany. Dr. Chantel White. Penn Museum. TAPE . HERE

Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo. Fred Plotkin, Julian Brooks. Includes a list of wine and food. Getty Museum HERE TAPE HERE

History of Wine. Professor Ken Albala TAPE .HERE

Wine and the White House with Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. White House Historical Association Oct 2020 TAPE HERE; Culinary Historians of Washington DC (CHoW) Jul 14 2022 HERE TAPE HERE

Wisconsin Grapes: A tasting flight of history, present trends and culinary opportunities. Nick Smith. CHEW Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin. Nv 4 2020 TAPES HERE

A Virtual Taste of the Lost Pennsylvania Grape Vine. Mike Madaio. HFSDV Nv 7 2020 HERE Past TAPES HERE

National Mead Day. Aug 1. History, tasting guides, making mead advice. F.H.Steinbart Co. 4 mead talks tapes: Mead origins, traditions, and future. HERE . Taste honey HERE. Making mead HERE. Virtual mead flight HERE

A 40,000 Year History of Mead in Southern Africa. Neil Rusch. Fermentology NC State U info Mr 4 2021HERE Register HERE TAPES HERE

Make Mead Like a Viking. Jereme Zimmerman. Fermentology NC State U info, Mr 18 2021 HERE Register HERE TAPES HERE

Rum, Sherry

The Rule of Rum. Cynthia Clampitt. Culinary Historians of Chicago tape June 18 Thurs 8pm HERE tape HERE

Caribbean Rum and the Making of the Atlantic World. Dr. Fred Smith, author of Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History. Stratford Hall VA $8 May 8 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

AM Rum. A Distilled History of Colonial Australia. Matt Murphy. Inner West Council Libraries. Se 15 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Grog. “history and recipe of the Royal Navy's most iconic drink – grog.” Gurth Pretty. HMS Psyche Training. 35 min TAPE HERE

Sherry: Stories, Love & Cocktails. history. NY Cocktail Expo. selection of TAPES . HERE /


First in Moonshine: North Carolina and the Illegal Liquor Business. Dr. Daniel S. Pierce. Wake Forest Historical Museum. TAPE . HERE

How NC Became the Moonshine Capital of the World. Dr. Daniel S. Pierce. North Carolina Museum of History TAPE HERE

North Carolina: Mountains, moonshine and barbecue. National Geographic Traveller UK Mar 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Whiskey, Bourbon

Whiskey in America: Education and Libation. Good history of whiskey. The coppersmiths who made the Colonial/Federal era 100 gallon stamped copper still. Luke Pecoraro curatorial director Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. TAPE HERE

1794: The Whiskey Rebellion and Sovereignty in the Early American Republic. Carol Berkin, Thomas Slaughter, Steven Boyd. National Association of Scholars. May 2021 TAPE HERE The Whiskey Rebellion. author William Hogeland. NYC H20. May 2021 TAPE HERE

Kentucky Bourbon Festival 19 sessions TAPES HERE

Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America author Brian Haara. Bourbon trademarks. May 1, 2020 TAPE HERE

Au 10 Tue 3 Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America. “real history of Kentucky’s famous spirit by using only historic lawsuits between the early distillers.” author Brian Haara. HERE TAPE 2019 HERE

Whiskey From Home - A Virtual Bourbon Conference. 5 hrs of many speakers. May 2020 TAPE HERE

AM The Café Brûlot. Cocktail of coffee, liquor, and fire. author Sue Strachan; and Liz Williams. One Book One New Orleans Nov 20 2021 HERE TAPE HERE short video of it being made in Antoine's restaurant at 4.30

Irish Coffee and Whiskey. Horseations Mar 13 TAPE HERE


Spirits Sugar Water Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World. authors Derek Brown, Robert Yule TAPE . HERE

Cocktail seminar series. National Archives. 2005 TAPE . HERE

How Malaria Shaped Our Cocktail Menus. Absinthe, gin, tonic. Nancy Hill. Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. TAPE HERE

Great Hoaxes in Cocktail History. TAPE . HERE

Tiki Bar & Cocktails

Liquid Vacation: A History of Tiki Cocktails. Eve Bergeron, granddaughter of “Trader Vic” Bergeron; Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, and Brian Miller tiki expert. Brooklyn Historical Society. TAPE . HERE

Tiki Time! Horseations Free Course #8. World Mai Tai day Aug 30. Rum. History of drinks, art, make a Mai Tai. Horesations Au 14 2021 HERE TAPE may be HERE

Alameda's Coolest Private Tiki Bar. Brian McDonald “collectible mugs, totems and special Rums” Alameda Architectural Preservation Society. May 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Troubling Paradise: Tiki Bars. Kerry Knerr. CHNY Culinary Historians of New York. $10 Dec 8 2020 HERE TAPE HERE


“Alcohol's Empire: Distilled Spirits in the 1700s Atlantic World,” great ‘interactive publication’ about the exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art, MIA HERE

“Intoxicated Empire: Alcohol, Consumption & Slavery in the 18th-c. Atlantic World.” Talk by Bertie Mandelblatt. TAPE HERE

Alcohol Use in the Early American Republic. Alan Taylor TAPE HERE

The Lees & Liquor: The role of alcohol in the 18th century. Justin Fornal. Stratford Hall, VA Dec 1 2020 info and TAPE at bottom of page HERE

Medicine and Mixed Drinks – Civil War Medicine Inspired Cocktails. Kyle Dalton, John Lustrea. National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Mar 11 2022 Info HERE TAPE HERE

Drugs and Alcohol During WWII. Dr. Kristen Burton. National WWII Museum. Nov 2020 TAPE HERE

The History of Mixology. Sarah Lohman. Chelmsford Public Library MA. 2022 TAPE HERE

Modern Bar Cart. Many episodes HERE

Just the tonic: A natural history of tonic water. Kim Walker, Prof Mark Nesbitt FLS, Kew botanists and authors. Linnean Society of London. Feb TAPE HERE

Seltzer. Barry Joseph author of Seltzertopia. Lots of TAPES . HERE

Nov 11 Thur 12:30-2 Tea Gardens and New Intoxicants in Early Modern London. James Brown. Institute of Historical Research (IHR) U of London HERE TAPE may be HERE

Intoxicating Spaces: The Impact of New Intoxicants on Urban Spaces in Europe, 1600-1850. “Focusing on four European cities – Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, and Stockholm – this two-year project (2019–21) explores the impact of new intoxicants (especially tea, coffee, and tobacco)on urban public spaces.” Online exhibits, maps, HERE and TAPES HERE, HERE, HERE

Nov 5 Thur and Fri 9-1 Hagley's Capitalism and the Senses conference. includes Thurs 9am “Use not perfumery to flavor soup;” 10:45 “Teacup: American Tea Consumption in 19th cen” and “The Sensory Synergies of Alcohol Beverage Marketing in mid20th cen US.” Hagley Library. Info and papers of talks HERE TAPES Thurs Panel 1 HERE Panel 2 HERE Fri Panel 1 HERE Panel 2 HEREAi Hisano. Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat. 2019 Sensory Marketing HERE

Image: Ale Toby Fillpot  1786 British Museum

"New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition" c1921 (Library of Congress)

October had 149 talks, 28 drinks talks at start were on drinks. Only the ones with tapes will be saved among the subject lists. All lists will be maintained on the Archvies page HERE

©2020 Patricia Bixler Reber
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