A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. Written by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition, this spirited illustrated book explores America’s age-old love affair with whiskey. It begins with chapters on whiskey’s history and culture from 1640 to today, when the DIY trend and the classic cocktail craze have conspired to make it the next big thing. For those thirsty for practical information, the book next provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide to safe home distilling, complete with a list of supplies, step-by-step instructions, and helpful pictures, anecdotes, and tips. The final section focuses on the contemporary whiskey scene, featuring a list of microdistillers, cocktail and food recipes from the country’s hottest mixologists and chefs, and an opinionated guide to building your own whiskey collection. Praise for The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: “The moonshining world is notoriously full of orally-perpetuated misinformation and the legitimate whiskey industry is full of marketing lies and half-truths; Spoelman and Haskell have thankfully defied those traditions and released an educational book of honesty and transparency.” —Serious Eats
A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits
Author: Colin Spoelman
The founders and award-winning distillers of Kings County Distillery follow up their successful Guide to Urban Moonshining with an extensive history of the figures who distilled American spirits. Dead Distillers is a spirited portrait of the unusual and storied origins of forgotten drunkenness. The book presents fifty fascinating—and sometimes morbid—biographies from this historic trade’s bygone days, including farmers, scientists, oligarchs, criminals, and the occasional US president. Readers may be surprised to find the names George Washington, Henry Frick, or Andrew Mellon alongside the usual suspects long associated with booze—Jasper “Jack” Daniel, Jim Beam, and Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle. From the Whiskey Rebellion to Prohibition to the recent revival of craft spirits, the history of whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits remains an important part of Americana. Featuring historical photos, infographics, walking-tour maps, and noteworthy vintage newspaper clippings, Dead Distillers is a rich visual and textual reference to a key piece of American history.
Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery, or Cidery and Craft Your Success Story Growing each year, this multi-billion dollar industry, driven by consumer preferences, shows no signs of slowing down—giving you the perfect opportunity to start up. Corie Brown of Zester Daily and our experts introduce you to more than 30 craft producers, including pioneers like Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Jörg Rupf creator of Hangar 1 Vodka, Kent Rabish owner of Grand Traverse Distillery, and Mike Beck co-owner of Uncle John’s Cider Mill. You'll gain an insider’s look at how to: Analyze craft products, their distinct challenges, and dynamic market Write a winning business plan that promotes growth and secures funding Keep overhead low and margins high with options like self-distribution Capture customers and create evangelists with the story behind the brand Enhance the brand experience with events, taprooms, tastings, and tours Develop invaluable relationships with distributors and restaurants