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Mark Spivak

Quench! – Moonshine Nation

Mark Spivak’s second book, Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle, will be released by Lyons Press on July 15.
Moonshine is corn whiskey, traditionally made in improvised stills throughout the Appalachian South. While quality varied from one producer to another, the whiskey had one thing in common: It was illegal because the distiller refused to pay taxes to the US government. In the first half of Moonshine Nation, Mark traces the history of moonshine from the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-94 through the present day. The second part is devoted to profiles of modern, legal moonshiners, many of whom have amazing stories to tell.
In Bizarre Beverage News, Mark meditates on the battle between Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel over the definition of Tennessee whiskey, ruminates over the significance of a new laser device that will allow police to intercept drunk drivers, and examines research suggesting that the mere mention of words describing alcohol is enough to produce an intoxicating effect on the people hearing them.


Binny’s Beverage Depot—Link to:

Moonshine Nation—Link to:

Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History—Link to: