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Taverns of the American Revolution Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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"Of all the many pictures in Taverns, the interiors are most alluring—hardwood floors, colonial furnishings, inviting hearths, and especially those taprooms. There’s a beautiful shot of the taproom at the Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn. But of the countless times I’ve been to “the Gris,” I never knew until reading this book that one of the encased muskets held in its barrel a tightly scrolled letter, dating from 1776, from a father to his son."
— The Washington Free Beacon
"These taverns are still around. So why not embark on a journey that combines a bit of history and a bit of booze? That was Adrian Covert's wonderful idea when he wrote Taverns of the American Revolution."
— The Weekly Standard
“Taverns of the American Revolution is a great gift for history buffs as well as those interested in the drinks and conversations that occurred in these watering holes, some of which were frequented by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.”
— New Jersey Monthly
About the Author
Adrian Covert is a San Francisco-based author, artist, and expert on California water policy for the Bay Area Council, a nonprofit policy organization. Covert studied political science at San Francisco State University and enjoys old bars and playing baseball for the Sunset Nobles. He lives in the Mission District with his wife, Rachel.
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I could have done with a little less of the American Revolution history and more focus on the taverns itself.
The best use for this book is planning a historical drinking tour in the Northeast. The author has made extensive efforts to identify all taverns currently operating in buildings that were used to serve alcohol before 1800. Although, as he says, the list is undoubtedly incomplete, he has found enough to get you most of the way to cirrhosis in a manner a bit more dignified than the usual. It is filled with amusing stories both about the taverns and what contemporary writers thought about taverns in general.
This could have also been an educational history, because upper class taverns were essential social meeting places, lower class taverns were perceived as major social problems, taverns were often the only large public buildings available for almost any use, and taverns high and low were important incubators of democracy. While the author presents all these aspects, he is neither deep nor accurate enough to satisfy history lovers.
So buy the book if you like amusing history softened by the warm glow of rum, companionship and cozy colonial architecture.
Taverns of the American Revolution is a 13-colonies selection of taverns that are still in operation or exist in some other form (wine bar, brewery, etc.). The rundown of its entries are as follows: dossier, brief history, what's on the walls, and the drinks that it's known for (in the past and in the present-day).