The State of Bourbon
Exploring the Spirit of Kentucky
Published by: Indiana University Press
Welcome to Kentucky, where bourbon barrels outnumber residents. After all, bourbon is Kentucky—its craftsmanship and flavors cannot be separated from the culture and history of the state. Discover that culture and history—and enjoy great food, fabulous drinks, and incredible people—on your own Kentucky bourbon road trip.
The State of Bourbon showcases the region's finest distilleries as well as the local restaurants, hotels, parks, and adventures that every bourbon lover needs to experience. Bluegrass natives Cameron M. Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess highlight some of their favorite stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Urban Bourbon Trail, and the Craft Bourbon Trail, at stills and rick houses where the history and heritage of the nation's only native spirit come to life.
Not just a trail or tasting guide, The State of Bourbon will lead you across Kentucky, through the history of the spirit, and into your own bourbon adventure.
Part I: Bourbon Firsts
1. The First Kentucky Bourbon
2. The State's First Bourbon Distillery
3. The First Sour Mash Recipe
4. The First Distillery to Use the Steam-Powered Distillation Process
5. The First Bourbon to Be Bottled and Sealed for Sale
Part II: Kentucky's River Towns
8. The Jackson Purchase
Part III: Prohibition and Beyond
9. Prohibition in Kentucky
10. Medicinal Bourbon Permits
11. The Impact of Kentucky Bourbon on WWII
12. The Distiller's Association and the Modern Bourbon Industry
Appendix: A Glossary of Bourbon Terms
"Not just a trail or tasting guide, The State of Bourbon will lead the reader on a kind of armchair travel adventure across Kentucky, through the history of the spirit, and into a personal bourbon adventure."~MBR Bookwatch
An essential addition to the library of anyone considering a trip to Kentucky to explore bourbon country, and a must have for any Kentuckian who will inevitably have out of town guests looking for bourbon related adventures. Cheers!" ~New York Journal of Books