• Whiskey Business

  • How Small-Batch Distillers Are Transforming American Spirits
  • By: Tom Acitelli
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Whiskey Business

By: Tom Acitelli
Narrated by: Barry Abrams
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Publisher's Summary

Discover the underdog story of the improbable rise of small-batch distilling in America. This bracingly written, fast-paced work traces the relationship of Americans to spirits such as bourbon, scotch, vodka, gin, and rum. And it presents the full story of a plucky band of entrepreneurs who disrupted the nation's conception of how those libations could appear and taste - and how much they could cost.

Tom Acitelli weaves the unlikely triumph of the small-batch distilling movement into other major trends, including a neo-Prohibitionism that nearly croaked the entire thing, America's re-embrace of cocktails, and the twin rises of craft beer and fine wine. He also expertly delves into the controversies currently wracking American spirits, ones that threaten to tank the movement at the moment of what should be its greatest triumph.

©2017 Tom Acitelli (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Tom Acitelli cuts through the myths and outright falsehoods about craft distilling with a compelling, comprehensive account of the industry's earliest days, and its eventual emergence as a revolutionary force in America's changing culinary tastes." (Clay Risen, author of American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye)

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there are quite a few words that the narrator butchers. very distracting from an otherwise great story

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First book I have ever returned

His research was mediocre at best and he just bashes anything he doesn’t like or know

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This was a great history lesson on American spirits, beer and wine. I recommend it.