Taste favorite drinks of early Americans while learning the history and modern-day recipe equivalents with Corin Hirsch, author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England on Sunday, November 6 at 2pm. Colonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, cider and spirits. Everyone from teenage farm workers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often. Tipples at breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner were the norm, and low-alcohol hard cider was sometimes even a part of children’s lives. This burgeoning cocktail culture reflected the New World’s abundance of raw materials: apples, sugar and molasses, wild berries and hops. This plentiful drinking sustained a slew of smoky taverns and inns-watering holes that became vital meeting places and the nexuses of unrest as the Revolution brewed. Corin Hirsch is an award-winning food and drinks writer.   She learned to pull a pint of Schlitz (for her grandfather) at the age of six, and she used to tend bar inside a sixteenth-century English pub. She has written about craft beer for Serious Eats and also ghost-blogs and writes in the wine world. This program will be held at the Phelps-Hatheway House, 55 South Main Street in Suffield.  Registration is required.  Please contact the Kent Memorial Library at 860-668-3896 or register on-line at  Free and open to all.