Bourbon History


Book Reviews

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 →

Book Review – American Still Life

F. Paul Pacult is a very talented spirits writer, but not a historian. He was hired by Beam’s marketing department to write this book and he has done an excellent job of marketing the Beam brands. The book has historical... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book

This is a collaboration of two of Louisville’s most talented women in the liquor industry. The late Joy Perrine had one of the best palates I have ever seen. She could take one whiff of the aroma and a sip... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Louisville Encyclopedia

Back in the early 1990s The University Press of Kentucky assembled a team to write an encyclopedia about the city of Louisville. They hired freelance writers, graduate students and experts in particular subjects to write the articles. I was asked... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

Albert Schmid taught classes at the culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville for many years. He has since moved on to teach in North Carolina but he still loves his Bourbon. The recipes he collected for this book come... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bluegrass, Belles And Bourbon: A Pictorial History Of Whiskey In Kentucky

This is one of the first books I read when I was starting in the industry as archivist at United Distillers, in 1991. It is still one of my favorite books, not because the history is 100% accurate, but because... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide To The Water Of Life

Heather Greene is a very talented whiskey writer and presenter. I met her before this book came out and was impressed with her knowledge of all things whiskey. She started her whiskey career in Scotland as a brand ambassador for... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Whiskey, Our Native Spirit

If you have not met Bernie Lubbers, then you have not been to very many whiskey events in the last decade. Bernie is sent to all of the major events and many of the smaller ones. He is a popular... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Social History Of Bourbon: An Unhurried Account Of Our Star-Spangled American Drink

Join Us May 15 for Sip n Smoke at Oxmoor Farm! This book was published in 1963. The industry was lobbying to get Bourbon recognized as an American product at the time and that probably fueled the interest in the... Continue Reading →

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