An insider's look at the iconic drink and its role in shaping the American West
Distilleries are the new microbreweries, cropping up all over the West and producing brands that emulate the predecessors that were made in copper stills by emigrants and served in saloons and dance halls. This history of the spirit and its origins and migration across the countryand its place in shaping the Westcelebrates the story of the golden elixir through first-hand accounts, evocative photographs, and historic cocktail recipes.
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About the Author
SHERRY MONAHAN is the author of The Cowboy’s Cookbook; Frontier Fare: Recipes & Lore from the Old West; and Mrs. Earp: Wives and Lovers of the Earp Brothers. She also writes a monthly food column for True West.
DAVID AND JANE PERKINS have lived in Park City, Utah, since 2004. In 2008 their High West distillery became the first legal distillery in Utah since the 1870s.
Table of Contents
Preface: David Perkins vi
Introduction Sherry Monahan Jane Perkins viii
Chapter 1 Early Trail Blazing: Explorers and Traders 1
Chapter 2 Nuts and Bolts: From Grain to Liquid Gold 21
Chapter 3 The Rush Is On: Pioneers and Settlements 38
Chapter 4 Saloons: The Life, Breath, and Death in a Town 65
Chapter 5 Calls of Eureka and Giddy-Up: The Mining and Cattle Influence 103
Chapter 6 The Iron Horse: How It Connected the West 162
Chapter 7 Fast Forward: Whiskey in the Modern West 193
Chapter 8 Belly Up to the Bar: Cocktails of the West 199
Appendix: Liquor Laws and the Old West 211
About the Authors 235