Bourbon is a comprehensive history of the American whiskey that tells its story from the origins of distillation in Kentucky to its resurgence as a global phenomenon. The book covers the people, places, and products associated with bourbon, including George Washington’s role in its early development, Elijah Craig’s pioneering barrel-aging techniques, and Henry McKenna’s creation of “high rye.” It also traces today’s resurgent interest in small-batch bourbons and provides an insider’s guide to craft distilleries across America.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for bourbon enthusiasts, historians, and general readers interested in the history of Kentucky whiskey and its resurgence as a global phenomenon.
- The author provides great detail and insight into the history of bourbon.
- The book is extremely well researched and covers a lot of ground.
- It’s a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about bourbon, its history, and the current craft distilling scene in America.
- The author’s lack of focus on the subject matter.
- The overwhelming number of topics covered in such a short amount of space.
- A very dry and unenjoyable read.
Learn more about the author
Fred Minnick is a whiskey authority, award-winning journalist, and the author of numerous books on the subject. He has written for Playboy, The Huffington Post, Men’s Journal, and many other publications.
“Bourbon is the comprehensive history of American whiskey that Fred Minnick, one of its foremost experts and writers on the topic, set out to write. It reads like a smooth glass of bourbon itself – informative but easy to digest with interesting stories and tidbits throughout. The book covers everything from George Washington’s role in developing bourbon as we know it today to modern-day distilleries thriving across America. This would make an excellent gift for any bourbon lover or enthusiast (or anyone interested in learning more about this iconic spirit), or even just a great addition to your home library.”
“This is THE book on bourbon. Fred Minnick has done an incredible job pulling together the history of our favorite spirit, and telling the stories of the people behind it. If you’re interested in learning about bourbon – from where it comes from to how it’s made – this is your go-to guide.”
“Minnick has written what will likely become the definitive tome on bourbon. The level of detail and research he has undertaken is astonishing.”
“This is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the bourbon lover in your life. Fred Minnick tells the story of America’s native spirit from its origins to its resurgence as a global phenomenon, covering all aspects of bourbon–the people, places, and products associated with it. The book also provides an insider’s guide to craft distilleries across America.”