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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Different Kind of Drunk History in New UC Berkeley Research Project

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

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Gather 'round kids and get ready to learn about the West Coast cocktail.

UC Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office is researching the history of the Pacific mixed drinks with Shanna Farrell as their lead historian. The crowdfunded project plans on unveiling past trends and personalities of West Coast cocktails as they were influenced by geography, gender, ethnicity, community, labor, and class, according to Berkeleyside.

Cocktail historian David Wondrich, "King Cocktail" Dale DeGroff, and PUNCH founders Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau will be advising and overseeing the project.

Having already talked to Rhachel Shaw (Hog Island Oyster Company), Jennifer Collian (Small Hands Foods), and Claire Sprouse (Tin Roof Drink Community), Farrell seeks to interview journalists, bartenders, cocktail historians, and other notable names in the bar community such as Jorg Rupf (St. George Spirits), Thad Vogler (Bar Agricole), and Mike Buhen (Tiki Ti).

Berkeleyside reported that Farrell has already touched upon the popular Polynesian-themed bars and drinks, as well as the invention of the Mai Tai.

She has also done some analysis on the history of "girly drinks."

The Indiegogo campaign is up until July 11, with most of the proceeds going into research. As of Friday, ROHO has only fundraised a quarter of their $20,500 goal.

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