Wellesley Historical Society

Join Us for a Virtual Event:

Drinking Alongside Boston’s

Colonial Rebels

with Brooke Barbier

October 6 at 7pm

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Bostonians in the eighteenth century drank a lot of beer, rum, cider, and wine, 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 and 1770s. She’ll be discussing brawls and streets mobs fueled by both anger towards British officials and alcohol. We recommend grabbing your favorite autumn beer or cider and drinking alongside colonial Boston’s rowdiest residents. 

Some of Brooke’s fall choices include: Jack’s Abby Copper Legend, Downeast Pumpkin Cider, Peak Organic Autumn IPA, and Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale.


Author bio: 
Brooke 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. 


Description of Boston in the American Revolution:
In 1764, a small town in the British colony of Massachusetts ignited a bold rebellion. When Great Britain levied the Sugar Act on its American colonies, Parliament was not prepared for Boston’s backlash. For the next decade, Loyalists and rebels harried one another as both sides revolted and betrayed, punished and murdered. But the rebel leaders were not quite the heroes we consider them today. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were reluctant allies. Paul Revere couldn’t recognize a traitor in his own inner circle. And George Washington dismissed the efforts of the Massachusetts rebels as unimportant. With a helpful guide to the very sites where the events unfolded, historian Brooke Barbier seeks the truth behind the myths. Barbier tells the story of how a city radicalized itself against the world’s most powerful empire and helped found the United States of America.



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