You want a little adventure in your life. And why not? With thousands of breweries and distilleries in the United States, there are more choices than ever on tap and behind the bar. So many, that you’re a little bit intimidated.
But throughout the course of a year you can learn to impress your friends by becoming a pub savant with The Year of Drinking Adventurously, a guide to getting out of your beverage comfort zone once a week for a year. Each of the fifty-two chapters features the story behind a unique beer, spirit, cocktail or wine, designed to broaden your drinking horizons. Some correspond with specific seasons or holidays, encouraging you to forget the million-dollar marketing-supported “conventional wisdom” and drink against the grain. It’s Cinco de Mayo? There’s much more to the celebration than lime-enhanced lager and shots of rotgut tequila. St. Patrick’s Day? Do you really want to be the 700th person of the evening to order a green-tinted brew and a shot of cheap whiskey?
The Year of Drinking Adventurously takes the social imbiber on a journey into the exciting and unknown―one week at a time.
PRAISE FOR THE YEAR OF DRINKING ADVENTUROUSLY & JEFF CIOLETTI
"This one’s perfect if your New Year’s resolution really was to drink better. It’s a series of 52 essays that go on a tour of basically all parts of the beverage-alcohol world, from a Scotch guide in week 1 to an introduction to Cremant d’Alsace sparkling wine in week 52. It covers topics ranging from chile pepper-spiked beers to baijiu, China’s favorite distilled spirit. The book concludes with a “Cocktailing Adventurously” section featuring recipes from bars around the world . . . "
"Author Jeff Cioletti can recommend one that readers are very likely to stick with throughout 2017: Drink adventurously. In his book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously: 52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Cioletti challenges adult imbibers to try something new every week for a year."
"Jeff Cioletti is like a deep sea diver plumbing to new depths of boozy culture. With an air tank full of wit, humor, and guile, he takes us to new worlds of drink culture rarely seen by the less courageous and casual imbiber. A reader’s only regret is to not be there in person to pound down an enticing pint or mysterious cocktail along with Jeff in these exotic locales, though surely they will be left to dream their own next delicious drink adventure."
― Darek Bell, founder and owner, Corsair Distillery and author of Alt Whiskeys and Fire Water.
"Jeff Cioletti is a master tour guide, whisking you through the rich tastes and fascinating stories of an astounding array of beverages. Your year of better drinking inevitably starts here."
― Erika Rietz, founder and editor-in-chief of Draft Magazine
"Jeff Cioletti's The Year of Drinking Adventurously manages the near impossible; it is both comprehensive yet approachable, detailed yet entertaining. Cioletti has a real gift for finding narrative and making the material – which in the hands of lesser writers would turn into a plodding survey of obscure arcana – read like a page-turner.”
– Jeff Alworth, author of The Beer Bible and Cider Made Simple
"A brilliantly original book that opens our eyes and challenges our palates to exciting new flavour experiences in what feels like a conversation with a buddy, written to entertain, inform and delight the curious imbibed."
– Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert.
"This book is definitely worthwhile and often lots of fun to boot"
- Drink Hacker
"For an enthusiast of booze in oh so many forms and a lover of great stories, The Year of Drinking Adventurously made my mouth water and my brain buzz *(or head hum)?* with every turn of the page. Jeff's signature writing style shines through with passion, wit, and insight. With 52 weeks of adventure, let's get drinking!"
―Jeremy Cowan, founder and owner, Shmaltz Brewing Company
"Clear some space in your liquor cabinet. Jeff Cioletti's book will ensure you'll have the best stocked bar in the neighborhood, and the knowledge necessary to put the bottles to proper use. A must-have for any drinks enthusiast."
― John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine
As editor at large of Beverage World magazine, creator of the website, The Drinkable Globe, and host of the web series, The Drinkable Week, Jeff Cioletti has been responsibly imbibing his way around the world. Jeff’s tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. He combines his love of drink with a passion for travel and one usually involves the other. When he’s not writing about or traveling for beverages, he’s making films about them. He is the writer/producer/director of the feature film, “Beerituality,” a comedy set in the world of craft beer. Jeff is also a frequent speaker on drinks-related topics at industry and public events and has offered his insights in print, on TV and on the radio.