Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking [NOOK Book]

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Bourbon whiskey is perhaps Kentucky's most distinctive product. Despite bourbon's prominence in the social and economic life of the Bluegrass state, many myths and legends surround its origins. In Kentucky Bourbon, Henry C. Crowgey claims that distilled spirits and pioneer settlement went hand in hand; Isaac Shelby, the state's first governor, was among Kentucky's pioneer distillers. Crowgey traces the drink's history from its beginnings as a cottage industry to steam-based commercial operations in the period ...

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Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking

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Overview

Bourbon whiskey is perhaps Kentucky's most distinctive product. Despite bourbon's prominence in the social and economic life of the Bluegrass state, many myths and legends surround its origins. In Kentucky Bourbon, Henry C. Crowgey claims that distilled spirits and pioneer settlement went hand in hand; Isaac Shelby, the state's first governor, was among Kentucky's pioneer distillers. Crowgey traces the drink's history from its beginnings as a cottage industry to steam-based commercial operations in the period just before the Civil War. From "spirited" camp meetings, to bourbon's use as a medium of exchange for goods and services, to the industry's coming of age in the mid-nineteenth century, the story of Kentucky bourbon is a fascinating chapter in the state's early history.

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""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." --alcoholreviews.com" --

""The bold taste of bourbon can now be enjoyed by newcomers looking to experiment with the rich flavors of this uniquely American beverage." --Novus Vinum" --

""From cover to cover, this tiny cocktail recipe book offers expanded uses and flavors to an old Kentucky tradition." --Fine Lines" --

""Few know Bourbon cocktails as well as Joy Perrine." --Cheers Magazine" --

""This petite book is filled with all of the bourbon recipes you will likely ever need and goes far beyond the Old-fashioned and Manhattan." --About.com" --

""From classic Kentucky cocktails such as the Mint Julep, to bourbon-inspired desserts...this book supplies recipes for every course." --Okra Picks" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813144177
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 834,169
  • File size: 288 KB

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Thirsty Colonists     1
Distillers Move to Kentucky     21
The Product Improves     40
As Useful as Money     62
A Hateful Tax     83
Whiskey of Distinction     105
Bourbon Whiskey: Miracle & Myth     124
Bibliography     145
Index     165
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