An American Heritage
The University Press of Kentucky
On Sale: March 6, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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On May 4, 1964, Congress designated bourbon as a distinctive
product of the United States, and it remains the only spirit
produced in this country to enjoy such protection. Its
history stretches back almost to the founding of the nation
and includes many colorful characters, both well known and
obscure, from the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carry
Nation to George Garvin Brown, who in 1872 created Old
Forester, the first bourbon to be sold only by the bottle.
Although obscured by myth, the history of bourbon reflects
the history of our nation.
Historian Michael R. Veach reveals the true story of bourbon
in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Starting with the Whiskey
Rebellion of the 1790s, he traces the history of this unique
beverage through the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War,
Prohibition, the Great Depression, and up to the present.
Veach explores aspects of bourbon that have been ignored by
others, including the technology behind its production, the
effects of the Pure Food and Drug Act, and how Prohibition
contributed to the Great Depression. The myths surrounding
bourbon are legion, but Veach separates fact from legend.
While the true origin of the spirit may never be known for
certain, he proposes a compelling new theory.
With the explosion of super-premium bourbons and craft
distilleries and the establishment of the Kentucky Bourbon
Trail, interest in bourbon has never been higher. Veach
shines a light on its pivotal place in our national
heritage, presenting the most complete and wide-ranging
history of bourbon available.
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