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AUTHOR EVENT! Sat. July 23. Camper English. Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails. 3:00 P.M. FREE TO ATTEND (THE PRICE LISTED IS FOR THE BOOK)!

Alcohol and Medicine have an inextricably intertwined history, with innovations in each altering the path of the other. The story stretches back to ancient times, when beer and wine were used to provide nutrition and hydration, and were employed as solvents for healing botanicals.

Over time, alchemists distilled elixirs designed to cure all diseases, monastic apothecaries developed mystical botanical liqueurs, traveling physicians concocted dubious intoxicating nostrums, and the drinks we’re familiar with today began to take form. In turn, scientists studied fermentation and formed the germ theory of disease, and developed an understanding of elemental gases and anesthetics.

Modern cocktails like the Old-Fashioned, Gimlet, and Gin and Tonic were born as delicious remedies for diseases and discomforts. In Doctors and Distillers, cocktails and spirits expert Camper English reveals how and why the contents of our medicine and liquor cabinets were, until surprisingly recently, one and the same.

 

A note about our in-person events:

If you're vaccinated, masks are optional. If you're unvaccinated, we require you to wear a mask while in the shop.  Event capacity is 50 people, first come, first served and standing room only. 

As always, signed books will be available for anyone who wants one. If you can't make it to the talk, pre-order a signed copy of the book and we'll ship it to you!


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