Another chapter in the whiskey craziness of the Gilded Age
The Whiskey Ring
In an era defined by self-interest, most people could just be paid to look the other way.
Lewis Rosenstiel, Capitalist Champion of America’s ‘Native Spirit’
The post-Prohibition era was very, very good for a very, very small number of people. If you had pushed your way through the 1920s with a toe still dipped in the legal liquor business—by managing, for example, to secure one of the small number of ‘medicinal spirits’ licenses available—you might be one of the lucky […]
The Taft Decision: What is Whiskey, Anyway?
The battle over what could be called “whiskey” and what was just an imitation. Because really, who’s going to buy something labeled “imitation?”
A (Very Brief) History of Straight Whiskey
That’d be the legal kind of straight, not the un-iced kind
A Brief History of “Bottled In Bond”
Ensuring that the only chemicals in our whiskey are the ones we’re looking for
Kentucky’s 80 Different Liquor Licenses
The home of bourbon, and of obscure statutory language
Home Distilling: Yep, Still Illegal
Making your own hooch is as American as hard apple cider
Appalachian Appellations: The Quest to Protect Bourbon from Foreign Imitators
Or, “Doesn’t bourbon have to come from Kentucky?”
Intro: The Adventures of John Barleycorn and his Uncle Sam
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