Mark Spivak’s second book, Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating
Cornbread in a Bottle, was 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.