Drinking with the Founding Fathers


Bethlehem resident and author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking, Mark Will-Weber will tell true tales of the Founding Fathers’ and presidents’ drinking habits. In addition to his successful books, Will-Weber has been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Health, and The Morning Call.

To complement the evening’s talk, Glenn Shay of McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar will provide the cocktails and an in-depth knowledge about the drinks being served.

The event will take place in the historic Bachmann Publick House. Built in 1753, it served as a tavern which provided locals and travelers with sleeping rooms, meeting areas, dining, and drinking spaces. It also served as the first courthouse of Northampton County. Vistors included Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Taylor, and other signers of the Declaration of Independence.

According to Executive Director Carey Birgel, “We are thrilled to host Mark Will-Weber and McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar at the Bachmann Publick House. Our historic tavern is the perfect setting for a glimpse into the Founding Fathers’ drinks of choice, and the role alcohol played during some of history’s most memorable moments.”