Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, James Joyce, and even Ava Gardner all loved their whiskey - and made no bones about it. Of his frequent enjoyment of a wee dram, Joyce noted that, "The light music of whiskey falling into a glass is an agreeable interlude." Bethel's Byrds Books will co-host such a special interlude as it welcomes drink historian, Tim Herlihy, co-author of "From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover's Guide to Ireland," to a signing party at J. Lawrence Downtown,186 Greenwood Ave. in the historic Opera House, a few steps from the independent bookstore.
Tickets for the registration-only event will include a hardcover copy of the book for signing and a flight of Irish whiskey for sampling. The author is providing tasting matts so you can record your observations and preferences. J. Lawrence will have specially-priced appetizers and a full bar available for the evening. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. author talk, so you can check-in, find a seat and place orders for food in advance. To reserve your place for this unique opportunity to savor and learn about the enjoyments of whiskey lovers of yore and yours, go to https://conta.cc/2KF8Gwq. The event is hosted by Byrd's Books and J. Lawrence Downtown (www.jlawrencect.com/)
From Barley to Blarney is a comprehensive field guide to Ireland's robust and growing whiskey scene. The entertaining book provides a history of whiskey-making in Ireland, a look at 22 different distilleries and the unique Irish whiskeys each produces, highlights from the best of Ireland's 50 iconic bars and pubs, and 12 original mixed-drink recipes tailor-made for Irish spirits tailor-made by the masterminds behind 2015's "World's Best Bar," Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog.
For more information, visit byrdsbooks.com or call 203-730-2973.