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The History of Booze

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Sunday, January 21tst 4pm – 6pm



Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar teams up with Daniel Berger Jones of Cambridge Historical Tours for an evening of historic drinking!

Booze has been a source of nutrition, money, power, as well as collegiate humor, violent acts, and once or twice, it may have helped a romance blossom. Our culture has always revolved around drinking. Men, women, and children of Cambridge started the settlement on cider and ale, moved to rum and whisky for the Revolution, and guzzled champagne in the Gilded Ages of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ribald toasts, raucous rebellion, and pleasant inns have dotted Harvard Square throughout history. Whether drinking Rattle-Skull, Stonewall, Bogus, Blackstrap, Bombo, Mimbo, Whistle Belly, Syllabub, Sling, Toddy, or Flip, history was made around colonial drinking holes. On a 45-minute walk around Harvard Square, we’ll learn more about how booze helped form our nation’s culture. End at Grendel’s Den, prepared to warm up over the fire and a mug of Flip.

In the cozy, brick-walled Den, Joshua Spencer Seiler, bar manager at Grendel’s, will mix up and teach the class about the drinks that fired up the revolutionary spirits of Colonial Americans, featuring some of Massachusets best distilleries and breweries.

Check in at 4 pm at Grendel’s for the 45 minute tour, then the cocktail class will run until 6 pm. Must be 21 and up to participate. Cost of ticket includes 4 drinks with the class, snacks and of course, your guided tour with Mr. Daniel Berger Jones.

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