• 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland.
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Market Block Books, 290 River Street in Troy.
Good chance to get a signed first-edition book for someone on your holiday gift list. If you already have purchased one, bring it along for signing.
Here are some of the early reviews on the anthology:
“Bill Dowd knows an awful lot about spirits. So, too, do the estimable scribes he’s included in ‘Barrels & Drams,’ an outstanding collection of writing about that most beloved and oft-quaffed fortified liquid, whiskey. Tom Wolfe, David Wondrich, Jim Murray and Daniel Okrent are among the 20-plus essayists included in this fun, conversational ride through the history of bourbon, Scotch and Irish whiskey. … And Dowd’s no slouch himself when it comes to spinning a yarn. … Already looking forward to the next edition. But for now, buy ‘Barrels & Drams’.”
— Dan Dunn, The Imbiber.com
“Whiskey enthusiasts and liquor history buffs will really enjoy this collection of stories that tell the story of whiskey’s past. … If there is one history book you want to add to your collection this year, this is the one.”
— Colleen Graham, Ask.com cocktails columnist
“The book’s small batches of information and easy-to-read format make it the quintessential bathroom compendium. But it also belongs in every tavern and home bar, within easy reach of a two-finger pour of Glenlivet. … Dowd has studded the volume with fascinating trivia and delicious history, from ancient Mesopotamia to the 1791 Whiskey Rebellion in America.”
— Paul Grondahl, Hearst Newspapers
“Whiskey is one of the world’s great spirits — distilled, sipped, and dissected for centuries, and still thoroughly enjoyed today. Follow veteran journalist and spirits authority William Dowd down the worldwide whiskey trail with this outstanding collection of articles on the intricacies of whiskey making, whiskey history and its foremost producers …”
“I’m having a blast reading it.”
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