Like the United States itself, all the Founding Fathers of the American distilling industry are long dead. But that’s no reason to ignore their stories or their legacies, which are the subject of the new book Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits.
Dead Distillers is the work of two live distillers, Colin Spoelman and David Haskell of Kings County Distillery. In the book, they chronicle the men behind brand names that are still popular and recognizable today, like Jim Beam, Jasper “Jack” Daniel, and Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, all the way down to lesser-known but still influential distillers – more than 50 in all.
You can get a copy of Dead Distillers: A History of the Upstarts and Outlaws Who Made American Spirits from Amazon right here, where a paperback copy will set you back a little more than $16. If you can spare that much in drink money, it may be worth a purchase.