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Book Review: A History of the American Spirit Bourbon


Few spirits are so intimately and undeniably steeped in the history of the U.S.A as bourbon whiskey.

The author spent a lot of time researching the subject and produced a very detailed text that is fun to read.

It starts in the 13th century Europe and reaches Appalachia with Scottish and Irish settlers who were intimately involved with distilling in their homelands.

The prose is witty, engaging, and snappy. Dan Huckelbridge was able to secure interesting and nostalgic illustrations that enhance the narrative.

When the prohibition was declares in 1922, New York city had 15,000 drinking establishments, and five years later that number doubled according to estimates.

In December 1933 the Prohibition was repealed, and later economists calculated the loss to the American treasury to be $ 11 billion (in today’s dollars).

During Prohibition American doctors wrote an untold number of prescriptions involving medicinal alcohol.

Also, the Prohibition made a few smugglers as well as a few Canadian distillers very rich.

This book lives up perfectly to its title. Do not expect details about whiskey recipes. It is strictly about the history of bourbon, and to a large extent he history of the U.S.A.

This informative book deserves a prominent place in every home library to learn about how the land was settled, and how commerce evolved.

Today, the spirits industry generates billions for the economy, and employs millions growing corn, distilling, packaging, distributing, selling, and retailing not to speak of about other suppliers.

Highly recommended.

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