• Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Review

    Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Review

    In many ways it’s almost unfathomable to think that there was a time when drinking alcohol in the United States was illegal. The US has a deep history with distilled spirits dating back to the country’s inception, when sugarcane and molasses were shipped from the Caribbean to the colonies where it was made into rum.  Even the nation’s first president, George Washington, made it a point to have aged Barbados rum prominently served at his inauguration. It’s even more surprising considering that the turn of the century was a real renaissance for distilled spirits with the emergence of the cocktail (an event often mis-attributed to the prohibition era). Combine all that with an influx of European immigrants who brought with them generations of distillation and beer making knowledge and you would have expected the 1920s to be a celebration of spirits, not an elimination of them. In […]

     
  • Esquire Drinks by David Wondrich Review

    Esquire Drinks Book by David Wondrich

    I’ve been spending time going over Tony Abou-Ganuim‘s new book “The Modern Mixologist” and procrastinating writing up my review of it. I don’t think I really could put my finger on why I wasn’t falling in love with Tony’s beautifully crafted book, until I got my hands on a copy of David Wondrich’s “Esquire Drinks: An Opinionated & Irreverent Guide to Drinking”. Right off the bat I think it’s important to note that Esquire Drinks is out of print. This is a slightly maddening fact considering how amazing a book it is. I have discovered, however, that almost all of the drinks in Wondrich’s book can be found on the Esquire Drinks site.  While it isn’t the same as having this book (which can be purchased online for quite a premium), it is still a way to experience much of what’s contained within the pages of […]

     
  • Chasing The White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine

    Chasing The White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine

    Max Watman’s Chasing The White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine is one of those great books that sucks you into a world and then leaves you feeling like you have a deeper understanding of the space. Rather than just present a straight line history of distilling, both legal and illegal, Max Watman weaves the history with a personal quest through the world of white dog and moonshine. The book is filled with compelling characters, from the stereotypical back woods old time moonshiner to hot shot race car drivers who also happen to move a ton of moonshine. One of the most compelling characters is Watman himself, and his misadventures with trying to distill spirits on his own are some of my favorite parts of the book. Sandwiched between the pages of Chasing The White Dog are some of […]

     
 
 
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