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Bourbon

A History of the American Spirit
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"THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF BOURBON."—Sacramento Bee

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A ROLLICKING BIOGRAPHY OF BOURBON WHISKEY THAT DOUBLES AS "A COMPLEX AND ENTERTAINING" (WALL STREET JOURNAL) HISTORY OF AMERICA ITSELF

Few products are so completely or intimately steeped in the American story as bourbon whiskey. As Dane Huckelbridge's masterfully crafted history reveals, the iconic amber spirit is the American experience, distilled, aged, and sealed in a bottle.

"THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF BOURBON."—Sacramento Bee

A Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Bestseller

A ROLLICKING BIOGRAPHY OF BOURBON WHISKEY THAT DOUBLES AS "A COMPLEX AND ENTERTAINING" (WALL STREET JOURNAL) HISTORY OF AMERICA ITSELF

Few products are so completely or intimately steeped in the American story as bourbon whiskey. As Dane Huckelbridge's masterfully crafted history reveals, the iconic amber spirit is the American experience, distilled, aged, and sealed in a bottle.

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  • Dane Huckelbridge hails from the American Middle West and studied history at Princeton University. His writing has appeared in Tin House, The New Republic, and New Delta Review; he is at work on a new book tracing the history of beer in America.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 13, 2014
    In this raucously entertaining history of the spirit, writer Huckelbridge imbibes deeply of the heady stories of the pioneers who discovered the golden nectar and who bottled it and passed it around for all to enjoy. Huckelbridge credits the Catalan mystic Ramon Llull with developing a method of “producing hard liquor from fermented drinks low in alcohol.” In the American colonies, Captain George Thorpe produced the first corn-based liquor that resembles today’s bottle of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. Huckelbridge traces the story of the golden liquid up through the American Revolution through Prohibition and up to the present. In 1897, the Pure Food and Drug Act defined what constituted real bourbon, while the Bottled-in-Bond Act provided the government’s seal of authenticity for bottled whiskey, allowing bourbon to be marketed readily. Drink deeply from Huckelbridge’s free-flowing stories, and you’ll soon be besotted with the honeyed history of bourbon.

  • Publishers Weekly "[A] raucously entertaining history. ... Drink deeply from Huckelbridge's free-flowing stories, and you'll soon be besotted with the honeyed history of bourbon."
  • Kirkus Reviews "A mirthful, erudite appreciation of bourbon and its striking history. .... [An] entertaining tour d'horizon of bourbon's birth and long, healthy life. ... Huckelbridge knows his bourbon. ... A snappy history of the popular spirit's rise and continued ascent."
  • BILL SAMUELS, JR., President Emeritus of Maker's Mark Distillery and 4th generation Kentucky bourbon maker "A wonderfully entertaining look at American history as seen through the lens of Kentucky's famous brown water. A must read."
  • EDWARD J. LARSON, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History "Made from New World corn and Old World techniques, Bourbon is the American Spirit. Dane Hucklebridge takes readers on an intoxicating romp through the history of bourbon from its humble colonial origins to its craft-driven current revival."
  • JOHN BAXTER, author of The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World "A witty and informative account of America's much-loved national beverage. Dane Huckelbridge is the sage of sour-mash."
  • PAGAN KENNEDY, New York Times Magazine columnist "Pour three fingers, crack open Dane Huckelbridge's Bourbon, and prepare to be taken along on a strange tale of moonshiners, gun-slingers, hair-metal bands, and Brooklyn hipsters. The results: smooth."
  • Memphis Flyer "Informative. ... What part hasn't bourbon played in American history? And what does that corn-based spirit say about this country's character? Huckelbridge has done a well-researched but laid-back job answering.
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