Book Signing and Whiskey Tasting in Bethel on April 30

Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, James Joyce, and even Ava Gardner all loved their whiskey - and made no bones about it. Of his frequent enjoyment of a wee dram, Joyce noted that, “The light music of whiskey falling into a glass [is] an agreeable interlude.” 

On Tuesday, April 30 from 7 - 9:30 p.m., Bethel's Byrds Books will co-host drink historian, Tim Herlihy, co-author of From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover's Guide to Ireland, for a signing party at J. Lawrence Downtown, located at 186 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, Conn.

Tickets for the registration-only event are $40 per person and will include a hardcover copy of the book for signing and a flight of Irish whiskey for sampling. The author is providing tasting matts so you can record your observations and preferences. J. Lawrence will have specially-priced appetizers and a full bar available for the evening. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. author talk to provide attendees time to check-in, find a seat, and place orders for food in advance. To reserve a spot, visit The event is hosted by Byrd's Books and J. Lawrence Downtown.

From Barley to Blarney is a comprehensive field guide to Ireland's robust and growing whiskey scene. The book provides a history of whiskey-making in Ireland, a look at 22 different distilleries and the unique Irish whiskeys each produces, highlights from the best of Ireland's 50 iconic bars and pubs, and 12 original mixed-drink recipes tailor-made for Irish spirits and crafted by the masterminds behind 2015’s “World’s Best Bar,” Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog.

For more information about Byrd's Books, visit, or phone (203) 730 BYRD (2973).



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