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Making Bourbon: A Geographical History of Distilling in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky

Karl Raitz


Kentucky distillers have produced bourbon and rye whiskeys for more than two centuries. Part I of this book examines the complexities associated with nineteenth-century distilling’s evolution from an artisanal craft practiced by farmers and millers to a large-scale mechanized industry that adopted increasingly refined production techniques. The change from waterpower to steam engines permitted the relocation of distilleries away from traditional sites along creeks or at large springs. Commercial-scale distilling was accompanied by increasing government taxes and oversight controls. Mechanized ... More

Keywords: Kentucky, distilling, bourbon, landscape, mechanization, transportation, risk, heritage, marketing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178752
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl Raitz, author
University of Kentucky