Wellesley Historical Society

Bully Boy Distillers Tasting 

Followed by Brooke Barbier's Talk 

Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm

About the Event

Join the Society for a one-of-a-kind experience! Starting at 6pm on Tuesday, January 26th, the event starts with a tasting spearheaded by Bully Boy Distillers. Will Willis, one of the Founders, will lead the rum sampling of Bully Boy's Boston Rum. After enjoying rum and learning about the distilling process and Bully Boy, you will understand through Brooke Barbier's talk on Alcohol in Colonial America more about rum and alcohol in Boston. 

Advanced Purchase of Tickets Required by Thursday, January 21st for tickets with Bully Boy rum sample bottle. 

*Contactless delivery of rum sample provided for Wellesley, Needham, Dover, Sherborn and Weston. Please email Amanda Fisher, Executive Director, if your town is not listed and you would like delivery.

For those wishing to attend beyond Wellesley, please visit Bully Boy's website for purchase or your local store.

Tickets are $40 with rum sample; $20 without rum:

 Click here to purchase WITH rum

Click here to purchase WITHOUT rum.

Zoom Information will be provided upon Registration. 


About Bully Boy Distillers' Founders, the Willis Brothers

Dave and Will Willis founded Bully Boy Distillers, Boston’s first craft distillery, in 2010 making rum, gin, vodka, and whiskey’s. The two were inspired by Charlescote Farm, their family’s fourth-generation farm in Sherborn, Mass. During Prohibition, the Willis brothers’ grandfather housed an enviable collection of artisanal spirits in the farmhouse’s basement vault, which also served as an underground speakeasy. Having been raised on Charlescote, Dave and Will are proud to honor their family’s tradition of local agriculture, helping to run the farm in addition to managing the distillery.

About the Talk

Bostonians in the eighteenth century drank a lot of alcohol, but did you know that their imbibing influenced the American Revolution? Join historian Brooke Barbier to learn about the role alcohol played in Boston’s resistance and rebellion of the 1760s, 1770s, and 1780s. She’ll be discussing tavern brawls and tarring and feathering, which were often fueled both by anger towards British officials and alcohol. And she’ll talk about the important ways that alcohol also brought colonists together to build a nation. We recommend grabbing your favorite winter beer or cider and drinking alongside colonial Boston’s rowdiest residents. 

About the Speaker, Brooke Barbier

Barbier received her PhD in American History from Boston College, researching Boston’s social and cultural life during and after the American Revolution. Because she believes beer makes history even better, she founded Ye Olde Tavern Tours in 2013, offering spirited tours of Boston’s Freedom Trail. She is the author of Boston in the American Revolution: A Town Versus an Empire and co-host of the “Beer Makes History” podcast series. When she’s not talking about history, she’s usually reading or watching baseball. A native of San Diego, she has resided in Boston for over fifteen years.