Bourbon History


Book Reviews

Book Review: The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty

The Whiskey Rebellion played an important role in America’s history. It was the first Constitutional Crisis, it was the first Government Cover-up. It also helped create the centralized government we have today. This book is the best book on the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Book Of Bourbon And Other Fine American Whiskeys

When Gary and Mardee Regan were working on this book, I was  the North American archivist at United Distillers. They came to the archives to gather history on the brands and the distillers that made the whiskey. I helped them... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Nothing Better In The Market

This is a corporate history commissioned by Brown-Forman for their centennial celebration in 1970. The hired John Ed Pearce, a local journalist, to write the book and allowed him access to private family papers and interviews with family members. The... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Evolution of the Bourbon Whiskey Industry in Kentucky

Sam Cecil was the retired Master Distiller from Maker’s Mark and in his 70s when he wrote this book. I liked Sam and learned something from him every time I talked with him. I will say he inspired me to... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Book of Classic American Whiskeys

Mark Waymack and James Harris were the first people over twenty years ago to decide that American Whiskey would be a good subject for a book. I first met them when they were writing this book and they came to... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Dictionary Of The History Of The American Brewing And Distilling Industry

My library has many great books that are useful resources on the history and appreciation of American Whiskey. I thought it might be useful to have reviews of these books so others could look for and add them to their... Continue Reading →

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