The American Spectator’s Kevin Kosar badgers the Toronto writer Adam McDowell.
Kevin Kosar: Congrats on the publication of Drinks: A User’s Guide (Tarcher, 2016). It’s a smart-looking book, and I enjoyed it. So how’s the weather in Minnesota?
Adam McDowell: It’s lovely, there are Canadian flags everywhere, people being very polite to each other.
Kosar: Wait…. you’re a Canadian? In Canada?
McDowell: Yes, born and raised in Toronto.
McDowell: I’ve never had a doctor’s bill in my life. That’s explanation enough.
Kosar: As a Canadian, I trust you consume barbarous quantities of drinks like Yukon Jack, Canadian Club, Molson, and Moosehead, right?
McDowell: Ha! Yes, and Fireball, which few people realize is a Canadian product, which we’re proud of. Just like we’re proud of Justin Bieber. In all seriousness, I think Canadian drinking habits are different from U.S. ones. By and large, we drink less.… As much as there’s this image of Canadians as these macho drinkers, it’s actually a pretty moderate country in that way.
Kosar: Any bitters drinking going on up there?
McDowell: Oh, yes. You do get Bitters and ESB. The word bitter is thought by marketers to be a no-go. But it is here…. There’s a little bit more market for British porter, mild beer, that kind of thing. But it’s a small difference. Generally speaking, if you’re from the U.S. and you come to Canada, and you go shopping for beer, you’re going to have a similar experience.
Kosar: Is anyone making good wine up there? Continue reading “Who Is to Blame for the 7 and 7 Cocktail? An Interview with Adam McDowell, Author of Drinks: A User’s Guide”