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Caffeine, Cocaine, and the Soda of a Nation

Masters of Social Gastronomy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Caffeine, Cocaine, and the Soda of a Nation

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Caffeine, cocaine, and a little bit of fizz were all it took to hook America on a brand-new beverage. At this month's Masters of Social Gastronomy lecture, we'll dissect Coca-Cola's namesakes, exploring the now-illicit 'Coca' and the Africa-sourced 'Cola'. What joined these two bitter, unappealing flavors into the most iconic of soda flavorings?

But don't forget the runners-up - second-tier drinks, represent! Learn the strange journey of sarsaparilla, and how the drink of choice for archetypal Western cowboys found a second life across the world. Discover the government plot to steal root beer away from Americans, and the corporate conspiracies that swirl around the failure of New Coke.

We'll also take a look at New York City's very own fizzy drink - the mysteriously-flavored Dr. Brown's Cel-ray and be joined by the experts from Brooklyn Farmacy

Doors open at 7:30pm sharp, with talks beginning at 8pm. Littlefield is a bar, so don't forget your ID, and 21+ only, please.

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622 Degraw St
New York, NY 11217

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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