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Book Review: Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle Over Alcohol In Southern Appalachia

The author of this book, Bruce E. Stewart, is a history professor at Appalachian State University and specializes in the history of Appalachia. This book is very well researched and an interesting read, but the author’s tone leaves no doubt... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Guide

This book is in its second edition, but a third edition is in the works. The author, Susan Reigler, worked many years as the restaurant critic, spirits writer and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper, so it was only... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Woodford Reserve Culinary Cocktail Tour: A Journey With Bourbon

This book was put together in 2005 when David Larson was the executive chef at Woodford Reserve. While the book does feature Woodford Reserve Bourbon, the book does not focus just on Chef David Larson. They have recipes from chefs... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Burgoo, Barbecue & Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity

I always look forward to a new book from Albert Schmid. I met him many years ago at the Kentucky Book Fair. I was there signing The Social History of Bourbon that had been re-released by the University Press of... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Before Prohibition: Distilleries in Nelson County, Kentucky 1880-1920

Join us next week for Sip & Smoke at Oxmoor Farm! Dixie Hibbs is a woman of many talents. She served a term as Mayor of Bardstown, but politics are not her real passion – she loves the history of... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Maker’s Mark: My Autobiography

I have known Bill Samuels, Jr. for over twenty years. I have always respected him for being what I consider a generous “World Ambassador for Bourbon”. I have never heard him say anything negative about other brands or distilleries. He... Continue Reading →

Book Review – But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle And The Story Of Old Fitzgerald

I was still working for United Distillers when Sally Van Winkle Campbell started to research this book. Sally enlisted the aid of her friend and local historian, the late Sam Thomas, to help her do the research and the pair... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America

I have known Brian Haara for several years and I have always respected his knowledge of the law in regard to the distilling industry. I was quite pleased when I found out that he also had a love of history.... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Joy Of Mixology By Gary Regan

Gary Regan is one of my favorite writers. Regan has been in the business for many decades and has become a well-respected writer on both spirits and cocktails. I think one of the reasons he has such respect is that... Continue Reading →

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