- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mixologist Jim Hewes, who works at the Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental in Northwest, will host “History Happy Hour” Thursday, in which Mr. Hewes guides visitors in discussing how the 18th Amendment, which ushered in Prohibition, affected contemporary residents of the District.

Mr. Hewes’ “class” lectures on how the nation’s capital effectively went dry a year before the passage of the 18th Amendment, but this didn’t stop nearly 3,000 speakeasies from popping up as Prohibition became the law of the entire country. Mr. Hewes will also teach attendees to mix vintage speakeasy cocktails as part of the class.

“History Happy Hour” will be co-presented by Garrett Peck, a local historian and tour guide. The duo will also discuss the District’s old “Rum Row,” how different were Maryland and Virginia’s approaches to Prohibition and the strategies bootleggers used to evade authorities up and down the Chesapeake Bay.

On Dec. 14 Mr. Hewes and White House Historical Association historian Evan Phifer will lead another “History Happy Hour” to discuss various Christmas traditions in the District, such as how the National Christmas Tree got it start, and will will explore such strange tidbits as that President Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas trees in the Executive Mansion. Mr. Hewes will walk attendees through building his signature holiday cocktail, the Jingle Bell Julep.

Mr. Hewes, a lay expert on history, has tended bar at the Round Robin for more than 30 years and was recently named 2017 Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year.

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