“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” quipped Mark Twain. The same might be said of books about whiskey. American whiskey and bourbon have been experiencing their biggest renaissance since before Prohibition. In 2013, global exports of bourbon and Kentucky whiskey topped $1 billion for the first time, while domestially, revenues were up more than 10%.
As American whiskey and bourbon sales continue to rise, publishers are stepping in to help guide and inform consumers. Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit by Dane Huckelbridge, is just one in a spate of recently published books. Bourbon comes on the heels of American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit by Clay Risen; Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers; Whisky: The Manual by Dave Broom; and The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail by Robert Simonson.