The Year of Drinking Adventurously

The Year of Drinking Adventurously52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

The editor-in-chief of Beverage World magazine guides readers through fifty-two weeks of drinking and discovery to ultimately demystify the liquor aisle. ... more

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The editor-in-chief of Beverage World magazine guides readers through fifty-two weeks of drinking and discovery to ultimately demystify the liquor aisle.

So you want a little adventure in your life. Why not? With nearly 2,900 breweries (and counting) and more than 500 artisanal distillers (likely to reach 1,000 by 2017) in the United States, there are more choices than ever on tap and behind the bar. So many that you’re a little bit intimidated.

But throughout the course of a year you can learn to impress and earn the respect by enhancing your bar smarts and becoming a pub savant with The Year of Drinking Adventurously, a guide to getting out of your beverage comfort zone once a week for a year. Each of the fifty-two chapters features the story behind a unique beer, spirit, or cocktail, designed to broaden your drinking horizons. Some correspond with specific seasons or holidays, encouraging you to forget the million-dollar-marketing-supported “conventional wisdom” and drink against the grain. It’s Cinco de Mayo? There’s much more to celebration than Corona and shots of cheap tequila. St. Patrick’s Day? Do you really want to be the 700th person of the evening to order a Guinness or a Jameson on the rocks?

The Year of Drinking Adventurously takes the social cross drinker on a journey into the exciting and unknown—one week at a time.

JEFF CIOLETTI’S tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. He...more


Clear some space in your liquor cabinet. Jeff Cioletti's book will ensure you'll have the best stocked bar in the neighborhood, and the knowledge necessary to put the bottles to proper use. A must-have for any drinks enthusiast!

John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine

"Jeff Cioletti is a master tour guide, whisking you through the rich tastes and fascinating stories of an astounding array of beverages. Your year of better drinking inevitably starts here."

Erika Rietz, founder and editor-in-chief of Draft Magazine

"For an enthusiast of booze in oh so many forms and a lover of great stories, The Year of Drinking Adventurously made my mouth water and my brain buzz *(or head hum)?* with every turn of the page. Jeff's signature writing style shines through with passion, wit, and insight. With 52 weeks of adventure, let's get drinking!"

Jeremy Cowan, founder and owner, Shmaltz Brewing Company

"Jeff Cioletti's The Year of Drinking Adventurously manages the near impossible; it is both comprehensive yet approachable, detailed yet entertaining. Cioletti has a real gift for finding narrative and making the material – which in the hands of lesser writers would turn into a plodding survey of obscure arcana – read like a page-turner."

Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible and Cider Made Simple

"A brilliantly original book that opens our eyes and challenges our palates to exciting new flavour experiences in what feels like a conversation with a buddy, written to entertain, inform and delight the curious imbiber."

Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.

"This book is definitely worthwhile and often lots of fun to boot"

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