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In Conversation with Shelley Sackier: Make it a Double

Shelley Sackier at Kramers


Join author Shelley Sackier in conversation with Morgan Kirchner (of the very cool Fountain Inn in Georgetown) as they discuss Make it a Double which follows Shelley's journey merging her obsession with her profession.


Kramers is thrilled to host author Shelley Sackier for her paperback release of Make it a Double: From Wretched to Wondrous: Tales of One Woman's Lifelong Discovery of Whisky. A witty and immersive look at the history, mythology, science, and magical touch that makes whisky taste like a drop of gold.

Braving the “all boys” clubhouse of the world of whisky has not been easy, but Shelley Sackier has managed to do just that out of her love for the drink. By turns funny and poignant and filled with vivid insight into this ancient craft, Make it a Double will persuade even a teetotaler to want a wee dram.

As a woman whose first sip of whisky created the female doppelgänger of a Mr. Yuk sticker, that experience produced a sharp realization that the liquid was foul, poisonous, and needlessly dirtied a previously clean glass. And then she met Scotland. Her curiosity and growing passion lit a fire—igniting a desire to learn more about this craft’s rich and vivid history and the need to break out of an old life and to become the mother, partner, and woman she has always sought to be. After completing a course in Scotland’s famed Bruichladdich Distillery, Shelley begins her path of writing about—and working within—the world of whisky.

There has never been a better time for Shelley's inimitable voice to shed light on this intoxicating realm. Women are not only impressively contributing to the burgeoning sales of the spirit—making up nearly 40% of the whiskey-drinking population in the United States—but they are also growing in number as they enter into, train within, and lead the industry with their determined creativity and innovation. In the tradition of Blood, Bones, and Butter, Make it a Double establishes Shelley Sackier as a fresh new voice in the lush world of culinary narrative.

The Author will stay to sign books after the reading and Q&A session. Whisky Tasting included in ticket with valid 21+ ID.

About The Author:

As a woman whose first sip of whisky created the female doppelganger of a Mr. Yuk sticker, Shelley Sackier’s view of the spirit changed on a trip to Scotland. After completing a short course in Scotland’s Bruichladdich Distillery, she began writing about—and working within—the world of whisky. For the past twenty-five years she has devoted her efforts toward creating a plainspoken, easygoing, and humorous grasp on the subject to welcome more into this realm. As the Director of Distillery Education at Reservoir Distillery in Virginia, her aim is to distill down this sophisticated spirit one simple sip at a time. She is also a critically acclaimed author of three YA novels. Visit her at