Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey Hardcover

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Editorial Reviews


No matter how it is served–in mint juleps, manhattans, neat, or on the rocks–bourbon has long been enjoyed across the American and global landscapes. A unique descendant from early Irish and Scotch whiskeys, bourbon became a distinctly American whiskey with the use of a high-corn mash bill and charred oak barrels. Here, Minnick details the rich history of bourbon by illustrating its intricately complex impact on American social and political realms from rebellions to laws to the myriad ad campaigns promoting this seductive liquor. Minnick’s engaging text is even further illuminated by the introductions to the people and distilleries that played a part in what bourbon is today. Numerous images and informative sidebars throughout along with a bibliography and index are included to further the reader’s education and enjoyment of all things bourbon. — Becca Smith, Booklist

“Drinking bourbon is great, but when you know how much history is in that glass of brown liquid, it raises the level of appreciation. This book is a must read for any bourbon fan and history buff.” —

“Minnick traces the entire tumultuous history of bourbon from the dawn of our nation to the present-day boom….fascinating.” —

“Minnick takes the reader on a freewheeling, informative and, at times, scholarly and chronological trip through the history of this intoxicating liquor, which is most associated with the beautiful Bluegrass State, since more than 90 percent of bourbon produced comes from Kentucky.” — Red Dirt Report

“Kentuckian Fred Minnick is a little bit obsessed with whiskey — this makes his third book on the topic. It’s a comprehensive history of America’s homegrown spirit, beginning with a list of the 18th-century distillers who might have invented bourbon and continuing through the spirit’s commercial success in the 1800s, the horror of Prohibition and efforts to rebuild the category afterward, and finally today’s bourbon renaissance. It’s an entertaining and fast-moving read, full of vintage photos and archival ads that make the story come to life.” —