Fall 2016 Issue

Whiskey Taxes
& Liberty Poles

For those who live in western Pennsylvania and love whiskey, it is impossible to escape the history of the rebellion against an excise tax...

How Species and Terroir of Oak Affect Flavor

Oak first appeared on earth a little over 65 million years ago. Today, oak trees grow to maturity in the temperate zones, but many...

Onward!

A common theme of Bill Owens’s eclectic career path is resilience and innovation. An accomplished photographer, pioneer of microbrewing and creator of the American...

Clairin

In the world of distillation, there are a number of spirits that have a reputation for being rustic, unrefined and raw. Examples include crude...

Interview with Ryan & Wood Distilleries

In the seaside Massachusetts town of Gloucester, Bob Ryan, his wife, Kathy, and son Doug, along with Bob’s nephew, Dave Wood, opened Ryan &...

Juniper

Just as juniper trees stay the test of time and can live to be hundreds of years old, juniper berries have been an enduring...

Hawaiian Shochu Company

For more than 200 years the histories of Japan and Hawaii have been intertwined. On May 5, 1806, the first Japanese people ever recorded...

The Long Haul

The next time you walk into a craft distillery and see rows of aging bourbon or whiskey barrels, take a moment to reflect on...

Hunting the Black Cat

Spirit and cocktail history is a strange thing; it is rare that the definitive truth will ever be discovered, and the history at any...

Grains Are Grapes

American whiskey and, in fact, most American spirits of any type, are made from a combination of cereal grains. Regardless of their origin, however,...