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Porchlight Cocktail Book Club: Aaron Goldfarb

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    Mon, March 4, 2024 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

271 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
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Join us to celebrate Aaron Goldfarb's new release Dusty Booze: In Search of Vintage Spirits with inspired drinks and great company!
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Dusty Booze: In Search of Vintage Spirits. Award-winning journalist and author Aaron Goldfarb will be at Porchlight to celebrate with inspired drinks, live music, and great company!
Porchlight is a New York bar with a Southern accent from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.

Ticket details:

General admission: $22(includes 2 drink tickets)

General admission + signed book: $37 (includes 2 drink tickets)

Additional food and beverage available for purchase.

About the book:

An entertaining journey into the booming world of vintage spirits, the quirky and intensely passionate "dusty hunters" who chase them, and the history they reveal, from an acclaimed author and journalist.

In Dusty Booze: In Search of Vintage Spirits, journalist Aaron Goldfarb goes on an adventure in vintage spirits. This is an intoxicating story of obsessives on the hunt for old bottles of whiskey, tequila, rum, Chartreuse—you name it—from estate sales, grandpa's liquor cabinet, and out-of-the-way and inner-city liquor stores that may just have a case or a few bottles lying around in the basement.

What Goldfarb and these "dusty hunters" discover are more than just bottles from bygone brands or old formulations no longer available—they find portals into history. Spirits, once bottled, don't age like wine. A bourbon from the 1935 lets you savor the end of Prohibition. A 1940s rum cocktail with actual 1940s rum tastes the way it would to a GI returning from WWII. An old Italian amaro captures la dolce vita in a glass, and vintage gin is a drinkable time capsule from Mad Men-era lunchtime martinis.

Dusty Booze mixes the history of our drinking culture and the Indiana Jones-meets-Simpsons Comic Book Guy adventures of the collectors, including the hunt for rumored stash from a reclusive Hollywood legend. This is a buoyant, thirst-triggering voyage into a unique subculture that has exploded in popularity in recent years.

Aaron Goldfarb has been a journalist for over a decade, frequently writing on the subjects of cocktails and drinking culture for such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, Playboy, PUNCH, and VinePair, and has had features written about his career in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Boston Globe. His previous books include Hacking Whiskey, named a finalist for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Best New Book, and Gather Around Cocktails. In 2020, Tales of the Cocktail named Goldfarb the Best Cocktail & Spirit Writer for the year. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, daughter, son, cat, and a lot of bottles of booze.

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