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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair Artisan Distillery; 1St Edition edition (January 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983350000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983350002
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darek Bell is the owner of the Corsair Distillery. He started Corsair with his wife Amy Lee Bell, and childhood friend Andrew Webber in 2007. Darek’s innovative and adventurous spirits have won 21 medals at international spirits competitions. His whiskeys have been praised in publications like Food and Wine, Saveur, Imbibe, Whisky Magazine, Time Out NY York, and Maxim.com. Darek was trained at the Siebel Brewing Institute and is a graduate of the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy in Islay, Scotland.

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Darek Bell is the owner of the Corsair Distillery. Darek's innovative and adventurous spirits have won 92 medals at international spirits competitions. His whiskeys have been praised in publications like The New York Times, Food and Wine, Saveur, Imbibe, Whisky Magazine, Time Out New York, and Maxim.com. Darek was trained at the Siebel Brewing Institute and is a graduate of the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy in Islay, Scotland. One of his smoked whiskey recipes, Triple Smoke, was named "Artisan Whiskey of the Year" by Whisky Advocate Magazine. His first book, Alt Whiskeys, captured the spirit of innovation in craft whiskey and Fire Water will solidify his reputation for being one craft distilling's most creative distillers.

Customer Reviews

Good book for the advanced distiller.
Clyde Lake
Darek Bell's Alt Whiskeys is like a breath of fresh air (or, better yet, like a glass of fine sippin' whiskey).
Isaac Ersoff
This is the best book out there for all levels of experience.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andy on February 3, 2012
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From the blurbs I'd seen and descriptions I was VERY excited for this book. Unfortunately, it really didn't live up to my expectations.

I'm not sure who the book is targeted at - People without much experience in distilling & brewing will be completely lost (building a distillery is given ~4 pages of description, distilling process is skipped, grains are a bulleted list of options with a couple given poorly-written descriptions with vague, unactionable advice...) People WITH experience will find not much of value, as the majority of the book is simple homebrew beer recipes set alongside photos of decanters and/or whiskey glasses.

The sections on hop usage and smoke are interesting and give a taste of what I wish the other 85% of the pages were like.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Ersoff on March 5, 2012
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Darek Bell's Alt Whiskeys is like a breath of fresh air (or, better yet, like a glass of fine sippin' whiskey). This is precisely the book that American craft distilling has been waiting for. On the one hand, the writing is engaging, the editing flawless, and the photography brilliant. Bell provides fascinating recipes, with lucid instructions and notes. He also covers essential and interesting historical information and includes a tantalizing section on cocktails - again with clear instructions and notes.

On the other hand, there's more; What I like best about the book is Bell's enthusiasm for his topic. He has grasped the larger picture of American craft distilling - both where it is today, and where it's going. He conveys the excitement of an authentic artisan business created "by real passionate people." Bell urges craft distillers to "broaden whiskey's horizons [and] stay creative, authentic, and addicted to quality." His book will be an important factor in assuring that this is the case.

I have no doubt that Darek Bell's Alt Whiskeys will become an American artisan distillery classic.

~ Isaac Ersoff
President of Spirits
Rogue Ales and Spirits
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew B. Rowley on April 11, 2012
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From Rowley's Whiskey Forge:

A decade ago, fewer than a hundred distilleries supplied all of America's domestic legal liquor supply. Today, we can boast four times that number. Well, "boast," perhaps, is not wholly accurate. That growth has entailed missteps and occasional outright failures as this cohort of new distillers -- who may have been hobbyists or working in wholly different fields five years ago -- make the transition to more seasoned professionals.

But make no mistake: the transition is underway.

There's an exuberance common among new distillers, a willingness to try unproven ingredients and techniques. Consider Chip Tate's Rumble made from wildflower honey, turbinado sugar, and figs from Balcones Distilling in Texas or New Holland's Hatter Royale, a barley spirit from Michigan finished with hops. Then there's Darek Bell's triple smoke malt whiskey that blends a bit of chocolate malt with a triple whammy of German-, peat-, and cherry-smoked malts.

Bell is the owner of Corsair Artisan Distillery. He's also a heck of a distiller with the credentials to prove it. He trained at the Seibel Brewing Institute and is a graduate of the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy. His whiskeys have won numerous awards. His book, Alt Whiskeys, hit the shelves this week.

Tapping that fat vein of experimental distilling, Bell subtitled the self-published tome Alternative Whiskey Recipes and Distilling Techniques for the Adventurous Craft Distiller. Alt Whiskeys is a turning point in the literature of American distilling.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lange on February 18, 2012
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Darek's book is very intriguing to the experienced distiller. At the same he describes the fundamentals enough to keep the average reader curious. I appreciate the innovative thinking the Corsair Artisan Distillers have put forth in order to create another form of art, the craft of distilling. Cookie cutter spirits may be a thing of the past....
Looking forward to the next book from the Corsair Library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noah Poritz on December 25, 2013
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This book has lots of novel recipes that will keep you thinking and your still working. Lots of imagination went into these recipes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clyde Lake on October 28, 2013
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This book has both creative and practical recipes and techniques. Good book for the advanced distiller. Easy read. We'll written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike L on October 15, 2014
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I did enjoy this book! - the recipes are amazing and I wish i could taste them all. I would have liked more detail of the process in each recipe as some of the 'nitty-gritty' is missing and the hopping process information is sometimes inconsistent or missing - I'd buy it again if it was expanded/corrected somewhat in this regard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Hurteau on February 6, 2014
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Very well explained book I would recommend this to anyone getting into distilling it has very well explained recipes and more oversight into how to build your own experimental distillery( with licensing of course )
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