Byrd’s Books brings Irish Whiskey Tasting with author Tim Herlihy to J. Lawrence

Join Byrd’s Books on Tuesday April 30th for a ticketed event at J. Lawrence Downtown in Bethel as we welcome author Tim Herlihy, co-author of From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Ireland.

This is a registration-only event. Your $40.00 ticket will include a hardcover copy of the book for signing and a flight of Irish whiskey for sampling during the guided Tasting. The author is providing tasting matts so you can record your observations and preferences. J. Lawrence will have specially-priced appetizers and a full bar available for the evening. The event is hosted by Byrd’s Books and J. Lawrence Downtown.

The doors will open at 6:00pm for the 7:00pm author talk, so you can check-in, find a seat and place orders for food in advance.

We will feature information on Western Connecticut State University’s MFA Program in Creative and Professional Writing -who will be introducing it’s fall residency in Dublin. Brochures will be available at the check-in table.

About the book:

This comprehensive field guide to Ireland’s robust and growing whiskey scene is the ultimate itinerary for whiskey beginners and connoisseurs, alike.

An Irish whiskey guru, two bartender behemoths, and an adept writer combine forces to create this comprehensive guide to Irish whiskey. The book begins with an in-depth introduction to whiskey and its history in Ireland, including what makes each style of Irish whiskey unique. What follows is a detailed tour, including photographs, around the four Irish provinces, and of the 26 different distilleries and the unique Irish whiskeys each produces, as well as a discussion of the booming present and promising future for Irish whiskey producers. Each province also highlights the best of Ireland’s 50 iconic bars and pubs, linking past to present and providing the ultimate whiskey tourist itinerary. The fun really begins when the masterminds behind 2015’s “World’s Best Bar,” Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, share 15 original mixed-drink recipes tailor-made for Irish spirits.

About the authors:

Tim Herlihy, drinks historian and U.S. ambassador for Tullamore Dew whiskey, was born and raised in County Louth, Ireland. Tim has traveled to numerous distilleries across Ireland, Scotland, the U.S., and beyond, studying the history of Irish whiskey and the entire production process from malting to maturation. In his role as Tullamore Dew Ambassador, Tim is a foremost presenter at whiskey shows and cocktail weeks, discussing Irish whiskey history, cocktails, and one of his favorite topics, the Irish pub.

International barman Sean Muldoon is most renowned for the Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in Lower Manhattan, which he opened and manages with his business partner, Jack McGarry (both proud sons of Belfast). The bar has won eight Spirited Awards from Tales of the Cocktail, including “World’s Best Bar” and “World’s Best Cocktail Menu.” In 2016, the Dead Rabbit garnered the top spot on the coveted World’s 50 Best Bars list and has the largest selection of Irish whiskey in New York.

Conor Kelly is from a talky Irish family where storytelling is a competitive and, occasionally, full-contact sport.

J. Lawrence Downtown 

Located in the heart of downtown Bethel Connecticut in the historic opera house building, J. Lawrence Downtown is where friends, family, and community come together.  From our relaxed and casual atmosphere–which is a stylish mix of rustic New England charm and modern, suburban chic–to our inventive, but unpretentious food and beverage offerings, we provide our guests with an exceptional experience.


This is a 21-and-over event. Only books purchased at Byrd’s Books will be permitted at the event.