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Wednesday, July 15 • 10:00am - 11:30am
The Big One: Drinking WWII

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World War II, which ended 70 years ago this August, was the largest event in human history. It affected every aspect of life for those who lived through it and its aftermath has shaped every aspect of the world today. Not even the humble cocktail was immune to its influence, as a thirsty and often terrified humanity was forced to extraordinary lengths of improvisation and invention in order to sip something that might at least for a moment help it to forget the horrors around it. Join Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and David “No Nickname Can Stick to Me” Wondrich in another one of their trademarked anecdotal, amusing and yet respectful historical explorations as they delve into the ways a thirsty planet reacted to this awful, all-encompassing event. Dr. Wondrich will for the purpose of this seminar assume the role of General Eisenhower and command the European Theater of Operations, while Tiki God Berry will act as General MacArthur and return to his Pacific stomping grounds. From the halls of Tutankhamen (or at least the bar at Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo) to the shores of Waikiki; from the drinking habits of world leaders--Churchill’s champagne, Roosevelt’s Martinis, Stalin’s rough Georgian wine, Hitler’s water—to the improvisations of strong men armed; from the deprivations of the home-front to the ingenuity (where “ingenuity” = rum, vodka and tequila) with which they were overcome, the discussion will be wide-ranging, thorough and almost entirely free of flying shrapnel or debris. There will be historic cocktails, naturally.

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David Wondrich

Senior Resident Fellow, North Gowanus Institute for Cranial Distempers
David Wondrich is widely hailed as the world’s foremost authority on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. The longtime Drinks Correspondent for Esquire magazine, Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature) is a five-time... Read More →

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Jeff Berry

Owner, Beachbum Berry\'s Latitude 29
One of Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century” and one of The Daily Meal’s “60 Coolest People in Food & Drink,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of six books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine... Read More →

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Aviation American Gin

Founded in 2004 in Oregon, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling revolution and the anchor of Portland, Oregon's famous Distillery Row. Our award-winning products are batch-distilled with an intense, passionate and near-obsessive pursuit of quality... Read More →
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Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

Those who say beauty is in the eye of the beholder can appreciate the story of the Curaçao orange. Too bitter to eat, with a dimpled, wrinkled exterior that would never win a beauty contest, these homely pieces of citrus become absolute magic when used to create Curaçao liquor... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
Queen Anne Ballroom at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130