Hair of the Dog

An academic approach to alcohol and the role of the adult beverage in our culture.

Here is how you can get to the Hair of the Dog Course Myths, legends, intrigue…all attached to the role of the adult beverage in the human journey… This is a series that is actually used in a course at UMass/Amherst…the fifteen-plus lectures journeys to foreign lands…goes back centuries…speaks to the process of making these beverages, the social acceptance/landscape that led to their growth, and the stories and legends left in their wake…. Cheers!


Professor Stephen Gencarella

Stephen Olbrys Gencarella is a professor of folklore at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the resident folklorist for the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. He is currently finishing a collection of essays on eccentrics in New England for Globe Pequot Press and a book on the folklore of the Moodus noises. He is an officer for the Eastern Regional Tourism District and has been a Visiting Professor at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Steve grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island and is now a resident of Lyme, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, four children, three dogs, and countless wild animals who visit the pond at their home. You can reach him at or Links:

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