Taverns of the American Revolution

The first visual and narrative account of the American Revolution told through tales about the Colonial-era inns, taverns, and alcoholic beverages that shaped it, Taverns of the American Revolution is equal parts history, trivia, coffee-table book, and travel guide.

In 1737, Benjamin Franklin published “The Drinker’s Dictionary,” a compendium of more than two hundred expressions for drinking and drunkenness, such as “oil’d,” “fuzl’d,” and “half way to Concord.” Nearly forty years later, the same barrooms that fostered these terms over bowls of rum punch helped sow the seeds of revolution.

In Taverns of the American Revolution, Adrian Covert presents the boozing and schmoozing that went on in some of America’s most historic watering holes. Covert reveals the crucial role these public houses played as meeting places for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and their fellow Founding Fathers in the struggle for independence. More than a retelling of the Revolutionary War, this unique volume takes readers on a tour of more than twenty surviving colonial taverns, features period artwork, maps, and six colonial cocktail recipes, and is filled with trivia and anecdotes about the drinking habits of colonial Americans.

Adrian Covert is a San Francisco-based author, artist, and expert on California water policy for the Bay Area Council, a nonprofit public organization. Covert studied political science at San Francisco State University and enjoys old bars and playing baseball for the Sunset Nobles. He lives in the Mission District with his wife, Rachel.

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