Barrel Strength Bourbon Book: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey


by Carla Harris Carlton

How has an industry that was on the rocks 30 years ago become the toast of the town? Carla Carlton examines the creation of a uniquely American spirit, its resurrection after Prohibition and its astronomical surge in the past decade, and the ways in which bourbon crafters are growing a multibillion-dollar global industry while staying true to their Kentucky roots.


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In an approachable, conversational style, Barrel Strength Bourbon provides an in-depth examination of the bourbon industry in Kentucky, the creation of an American spirit, its resurrection following Prohibition, its astronomical growth in the past five years, and its potential for the future.

Along the way, readers will meet the colorful family of characters who craft bourbon by hand, visit the picturesque distilleries along rural backroads and urban centers, and learn the secrets of an American original.

The author, Carla Harris Carlton, gives readers an up-close look at how bourbon is made, how the industry was built, and how the close-knit families of bourbon crafters continue to grow a multibillion-dollar global industry while staying true to their Kentucky roots.

Readers will learn how to nose, taste, and appreciate a spirit that, while created from time-tested recipes, is evolving so quickly that new varieties and brands appear weekly on liquor store shelves.

The author, a leading bourbon journalist who routinely helps select barrels for special edition bottlings and tastes new products before most bartenders do, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of distilleries and rickhouses, shares anecdotes from her chats with bourbon legends, and provides insight on what to expect next from one of the fastest growing spirits on Earth.

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press; First Edition edition (June 20, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches


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Dimensions 6 × 0.5 × 8.5 in

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