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Author Kevin R. Kosar releases Moonshine: A Global History

I was fortunate to attend a reception at the Distilled Spirits Council offices the other nightmoonshinehistory for Kevin R. Kosar, vice president of policy at R Street Institute, and his new book Moonshine: A Global History. Despite its close association with Appalachia, the concept of moonshine really is a worldwide phenomenon. Kosar offers some details on his new book:

Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history. No matter where you go on earth, there is a local bootleg liquor, whether it’s white lightning, chang’aa, or hjemmebrent.

In Moonshine: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press), Kevin R. Kosar tells the colorful and, at times, blinding history of moonshine, which features a crazy cast of crusading lawmen, clever tinkerers, sly smugglers, ruthless gangsters, pontificating poets, mountain men, beleaguered day-laborers and foolhardy frat boys.

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House Spirits announces national release of Westward American Single Malt whiskey

Portland Ore.’s House Spirits Distillery announced the national release of its Westward American Single Malt whiskey, which the spirits producer describes as “a grain-to-glass celebration of the American pioneer spirit, inspired by the best of the American craft beer and whiskey traditions.”

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Eastside Distilling Launches Oregon Craft Spirits Retail Concept

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Eastside Distilling Co. today  launched a new retail branding for its portfolio: Oregon Craft Spirits. The initial Oregon Craft Spirits branded location is at Bridgeport Village Mall, an open-air mall located in Tigard, Oregon.

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Craft Beverage Modernization Act Achieves House Majority

A bit of news from the American Craft Spirits Association American-Craft-Spirits-Association-Logo-1

H.R. 747, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, re-introduced earlier this year by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), has crossed the majority threshold in the U.S. House of Representatives, with more than 226 co-sponsors signed onto the bill, representing a clear, bipartisan majority in the U.S. House. The Senate, with a companion bill S. 236, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MN) is just shy of a majority as well.

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Casey Jones Distillery Celebrates Impending Solar Eclipse with Moonshine

Casey Jones Distillery (Hopkinsville, Ky.) is preparing for the Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by bottling Casey’s Cut Total Eclipse Moonshine, what it calls the “Official Drink of the 2017 Solar Eclipse.” Read the rest of this entry

Garrison Brothers Distillery fills 10,000th bourbon whiskey barrel

On Monday Hye, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery, part of the first wave of small distilleries outside of Kentucky to authentically hand-produce straight bourbon whiskey, filled its 10,000th bourbon barrel.

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