New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition, c. 1921. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. via MCNY

Presented by our partnership with the Museum of the City of New York

Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to raise a glass to Prohibition in New York City in a conversation and small batch rum tasting, inspired by the lasting legacy of this now legendary period, at the Museum of the City of New York. Prior to the program, there will be a for happy hour and, afterwards, you can sample a Prohibition-era cocktail made with Owney’s Rum, which pays homage to the style commonly enjoyed in New York City speakeasies during the period.

One hundred years ago this January, Prohibition was passed into law with the now infamous 18th Amendment that barred the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.” To mark the centennial of this failed social experiment, cocktail historian Dave Wondrich, Drinks Correspondent for The Daily Beast, sits down with food and culture editor Ariel Lauren Wilson to revisit this unprecedented effort to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes, drinking. They will be joined by Bridget Firtle, founder and head distiller of Brooklyn’s own Prohibition-inspired Owney’s Rum, and Karl Franz Williams, owner of 67 Orange Street, a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar in Harlem.

DATE: Thursday, January 24, 2018 7:00PM-9:00PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($20 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 5 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis. Must be 21 or older.

REGISTRATION: Thursday, January, 10th, 2019 at 12 PM EST

About the Speakers:

  • Bridget Firtle left a Wall Street career to found the rum distillery The Noble Experiment NYC in East Williamsburg in 2012. The Noble Experiment NYC produces Owney’s Distiller’s Reserve, an unaged white rum, and Owney’s Rum, a new premium blended white rum made from Owney’s Distiller’s Reserve and two year-old cask-aged Dominican rum.
  • Dave Wondrich is widely recognized as an authority on the history of the cocktail. He serves as Drinks Correspondent for The Daily Beast is also the author of five books including the James Beard Award-winning Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar (2007).
  • Karl Franz Williams is the owner and bartender at Solomon & Kuff’s Rum Hall and 67 Orange Street in Harlem. In 2015, he also resurrected The Anchor, a historic bar in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to that, Williams spent a decade working in the marketing and brand management departments of Procter & Gamble and Pepsi Cola.
  • Ariel Lauren Wilson (moderator) is the editor-in-chief of Edible Manhattan, a quarterly publication that tells the story of how the city eats. She grew up on a farm in western North Carolina and is a 2018 Stone Barns fellow.

This talk is part of the museum’s Core Conversations series, which features the city’s most original thinkers as they engage with topics related to MCNY’s ongoing New York at Its Core exhibition.


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