Dead Distillers by Colin Spoelman. Published by Abrams

Americans have had a love/hate relationship with alcohol since our country was founded. Here, readers can meet the men and women who made it. From presidents to gangsters, from moms and dads to heads of industry, we are taken on a tour of distillers. The book lists when and where the distiller was born, died and was buried and then a brief biography. Learn about Jim Beam and Jack Daniel and the truth about the scandalous price for Pappy Van Winkel. Also included are the often lurid newspaper accounts of the distillers (or their children), who were boiled, fried, flambeed, scalded or blown up in the process of making liquor. A highly entertaining and informative look at distilling in America


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