The first session will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland. The second will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Market Square Books shops on River Street in downtown Troy.
Is it worth the trip? I, of course, think so. Plus, I got a tip this week that the unusual design and format of the book has won a major industry award. I’ll share the details as soon as the official announcement is made.
And, in the interest of unabashed self-marketing, here are some comments from reviewers:
“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/Sirius Radio
“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, Times Union
“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.”
“Begin your tour with Dowd’s personal overview of the spirits world and drink in his friendly yet informative tone throughout the book. Whether a connoisseur or novice, you are sure to develop a taste for this storied spirit.”
— Barnes & Noble
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