Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey by Fred Minnick

By Fred Minnick

Smithsonian Magazine: One of the  "Best Books approximately nutrition of 2016"

Once and for all, the USA learns the most probably inventor of its liked bourbon.
Bourbon isn't just alcohol -- this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American tradition and tangled in American historical past. From the early days of uncooked corn liquor to the myriad distilleries that experience proliferated round the nation this present day, bourbon has come to represent the United States. In Bourbon: the increase, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, award-winning whiskey writer Fred Minnick strains bourbon's whole background, from the 1700s with Irish, Scottish, and French settlers constructing stills and making distilled spirits within the New global via latest booming resurgence. He additionally lays out in specialist aspect the serious position this spirit has performed in the course of the cultural or even political heritage of the kingdom -- from Congress passing whiskey-protection legislation to shoppers status in lengthy strains only for a glimpse of a unprecedented bottle of Pappy Van Winkle -- complemented through greater than a hundred illustrations and images. And most significantly, Minnick explores the secret of who probably created the candy corn liquor we now comprehend as bourbon. He experiences the boys who have been championed as its inventors through the years -- from Daniel Boone's cousin to Baptist minister Elijah Craig -- and, in keeping with new learn and never-before-seen documentation, solutions the query of who merits the credits.

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For some the Elijah Craig legend, likely born in an advertising meeting room, was too good to pass up. Even if Spears was not the first bourbon distiller, he was most certainly one of Kentucky’s first and most important. He was among the early Kentuckians who loaded his whiskey onto flatboats and floated to New Orleans, where bourbon’s marketing power begins with the stroke of a pen—when President Thomas Jefferson signed the Louisiana Purchase. FATHER OF BOURBON 29 Chapter 2 AND THE BOURBON SHALL FLOW T he Ohio River flows through six states, its winding, 981-mile-long waters touching land in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.

The Wine and Spirits Bulletin: “Why was this agreement made? ” The Wine and Spirits Bulletin also saw the Bottled-in-Bond Act as a blow to the middleman; but the bill in which wholesalers went all-in and drew the line was the Thorne Bill of Kentucky, which proposed to stop distillers from making private brands for a particular store or bottler. If passed, this bill would almost Continued on page 64 GOVERNMENT 59 The Bottled-in-Bond Act In March 1897, Congress passed the Bottled-in-Bond Act, the closest thing American distillers had to a Constitution.

The immediate threats were within their own ranks. Middleman Friction During the late 1800s, liquor wholesalers and bourbon distillers were not the best of friends, since the two groups had different interests. The wholesalers wanted to continue operating as they had in the past: sell the distiller’s whiskey for them, whether mixed with coloring, bonded, or carrying the distiller’s brand. And the distillers wanted to move in a new direction, in which they bottled the products and received more profits rather than allow the wholesalers to earn the bulk of the money.

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