"Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey adds significant new information to our understanding of the history of the Kentucky whiskey industry." -- Charles Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey
"Historian Michael R. Veach has done the research necessary for a factual but readable history of Kentucky Bourbon. He has crafted it into a storyteller's envy that is both enjoyable and well told." -- Al Young, Brand Ambassador, Four Roses Bourbon and author of Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend
"Manages to make the history of Bourbon entertaining while providing plenty of insight into how the spirit has gone from lowbrow to top-shelf...A must-read for any Bourbon lover." -- Wine & Spirits
"[...] the book to to add to your whiskey library if you can only choose one this year." -- Epicurious.com
"If you haven't had the pleasure of attending the [Bourbon] Academy, I encourage you to enroll. Until then, reading Mike's book is a close aproximation. This is no dry historical tome (pun intended). Like the Academy, the book takes you on a fascinating journey from the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s to the bourbon boom of today, commandingly demonstrating the spirit's inexorable tie to the history of Kentucky. Each chapter is a fine mix of conversational narrative, historic documents and photos, and pull-out boxes of trivia. -- Bourban Babe" -- Bourbon Babe Tumblr
"The text highlights often over-looked aspects of the industry, such as the technology behind the spirit's production--and includes a few of Veach's own theories that may even surprise bourbon afficionados." -- Smithsonian Magazine
"Veach's factual interpretations and possible explanations for myths are quite welcome on a topic with so few other experts... Veach is without question an expert on bourbon whiskey...This book is certainly accessible to a general audience, and is a quick and hearty read for those interested in the history of American whiskey...any library interested in collecting Kentucky history, or Appalachia and the American South more broadly, may also find this text valuable." -- Tennessee Libraries
"Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey...does more than tell the hisotry of Kentucky bourbon...Veach's concise history will appeal to popular readers, those consumers who enjoy craft bourbon and whiskey tourism. Teachers of United States history will also find much to like about this book." -- Ohio Valley History
Michael R. Veach is associate curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society. He is a bourbon historian and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.
The book is a very easy to read and is packed with a lot of information.
The author discusses the impact of whiskey and bourbon on many of the critical periods in US history - wars, prohibition, taxation, and the Great Depression.
Highly recommended and greatly enjoyed while sipping my own favorite Kentucky bourbon.
If you are interested in bourbon this is a must have. Michael Veach has spent much of his career working in or studying the bourbon industry and presents this excellent overview... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RWK
Well-documented, historically competent and conversational in tone. An enjoyable and informative read.Published 2 months ago by Mark Forrester
Great history of Kentucky bourbon. I would have loved to learn more about the modern landscape of the industry as well. Great read (listen)!Published 2 months ago by J. Salyer
I really like Michael Veach. Those who are critical of his writing style have probably never met him. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
We bought this book because we've had the privilege to see the author Michael Veach speak several times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ProfB
Mr. Veach is a scholar first and foremost. But not only is he book smart, he has the capacity to make his reader thirsty. Read morePublished 6 months ago by wb
Go to book for learning about the history of Bourbon. If you ever get to take his class from filson historical society do it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is well written and goes into great depth about the history of bourbon. Some of the facts are conjecture, since no one knows for sure how it got its name or who first... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. J. Smith
This is a good coffee table book. It's easy to read and provided some information I didn't know about. A good overview of the history of bourbon.Published 8 months ago by Sarah Boelter