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Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking

by Henry G. Crowgey

Availablepaperback$19.95s 978-0-8131-9183-6
192 pages  Pubdate: 02/01/2008  6 x 9  

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Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking tells the story of bourbon’s evolution, debunking many popular myths along the way. Back in print for the first time in twenty five years, Kentucky Bourbon looks at a variety of subjects from the role of alcohol in colonial America and in the lives of frontiersmen to the importance of the Kentucky product in the Revolutionary War. Like a fine liquor, the book has aged well in its elegance and complexity.

Henry G. Crowgey was professor of history at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

“When I began reading the book, I was a mere consumer of the brown substance known as whiskey. After reading this book I n not only have the pleasure consuming it, I know a little more about how the substance became what it is today. Consumers and historians alike would enjoy reading this book and making it an addition to their library.” --William John McDaniel III, Kentucky Beverage Journal

“As an imbiber of this tasty product, this reviewer feels this short volume is a must for any Kentuckian interested in our state’s heritage.” --Karl Lietzenmayer, Northern Kentucky Heritage

“The book is the first of its kind to carefully trace the early years of bourbon in Kentucky and to draw from extensive research of 17th and 18th century newspapers, court records, diaries and journals.” --Kentucky Alumni

“The well-researched book tells the story from its subject’s roots and gives an insight to early-day Kentucky.” --National Barbeque News

"Crowgey got his hands dirty. He read letters from people in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, he dug up long out of print newspapers, scouring both the news and advertisements. He got hold of production and sales figures, government records, and eyeballed maps. In short, he did an awful lot of work in order to enable him to paint a full picture of who made Bourbon, how, where and why...Anyone who wants to claim any knowledge of whiskey in early America should grab hold of a copy."