Derek Brown: Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 7:00pm

On Saturday, January 30, Mather Homestead will host Derek Brown, writer, mixologist and expert on the history and culture of spirits and drinks, for a virtual cocktail hour discussion.  His book, Spirits Sugar Water Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World, tells the story of the cocktail, "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet," according to H.L. Mencken.  

Derek is known to be not only a great mixologist, but also a great speaker. And Playboy Magazine named him as one of "the ten entertainers, thought leaders and heroes who'll save us in 2017." Maybe he'll save us in 2021?! 

Derek will regale us with stories of what the Founding Fathers drank (spoiler alert ... it wasn't water).  He will also show us how to mix up some fabulous cocktails (fire involved, do not try this at home).  
$100 for two -- includes book, food (hearty hors d'oeuvre box) + cocktails (one of Derek's concoctions), and evening of fun! Pickup of book+food+drink at Mather Homestead on Sat., Jan 30 between 4 and 5 pm. 



Derek Brown is a leading spirits and cocktail expert and president of Drink Company, which owns and operates 2017 Spirited Award winning "Best American Cocktail Bar" Columbia Room as well as PUB, a rotating pop-up bar that's housed the wildly-popular Miracle on 7th Street, Cherry Blossom PUB and Game of Thrones PUB. Playboy magazine named him as one of "The 10 Entertainers, Thought Leaders and Heroes Who'll Save Us in 2017."

A native Washingtonian with deep ties to the city — his great-grandfather was once D.C.’s police chief — Derek admits that Washington provides a unique vantage point as the capital city, having mixed drinks for everyone from royalty, ambassadors and senators to fellow Washingtonians, interns and students. He’s concocted cocktails at the White House, clinked glasses with Martha Stewart and was even appointed Chief Spirits Advisor at the National Archives. Derek’s philosophy for crafting memorable drinks goes beyond what’s shaken, stirred and served in a glass. “When I think about cocktails, I think about how they connect to nature, I think about how they connect to history,” he explained to Imbibe magazine, which named him 2015’s Bartender of the Year. “I think about how they connect to the people who made them and the time they were living in.”

Derek’s passion for spirits has taken him across the globe, where he’s learned about the integral role food and drink play in the culture, customs and values of communities worldwide. He’s also written about drinks and drinking for The Atlantic, The Washington Post and Bon Appetit magazine, among other publications.

Derek is a spirits judge at the prestigious San Francisco World's Spirit Competition and works with many charities and organization in a role as advisor, including the DC Public Library Foundation, BevCon Charleston and Share Our Strength.

Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847861460
Published: Rizzoli - April 16th, 2019

Event address: 
Darien, CT 06820-4127