Suggested Reading

Bourbon education is about more than just drinking bourbon.  There’s an entire history and culture that goes along with it.  I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know many of the historians and writers who have formed the bourbon culture as we know it today.  What’s more, I meet new ones all the time, and their passion for bourbon’s many facets is infectious.  Here are a few of the books and blogs I like to read, in no particular order, and this list is in no way all-inclusive.  I’ll be adding to this as I go.  Cheers! (NOTE: Many of these books are available at liquor stores and along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.)  (Here’s a list of suggestions from Michael Veach.)

Books About Bourbon History and Heritage

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage  by Michael Veach

Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of how Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey by Fred Minnick

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide For The Savvy Drinker by Fred Minnick

The Bourbon Tasting Notebook by Michael Veach and Susan Reigler

Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide by Susan Reigler

Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit by Bernie Lubbers

Beam Straight Up: The Bold Story Of The First Family Of Bourbon by Fred Noe

But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle And The Story Of Old Fitzgerald by Sally Van Winkle Campbell

The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker, and Glass by Paul Clarke

Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide To The Water Of Life by Heather Greene

Bourbon Straight: The Uncut And Unfiltered Story Of American Whiskey by Charles Cowdery

Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide To The Unique Pleasures Of The World’s Finest Spirits by Lew Bryson


Cocktail and Recipe Books

The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book by Susan Reigler and Joy Perrine

The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide To The Original Whiskey Cocktail by Albert Schmid

The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert Schmid

That’s Entertaining! Cocktails And Appetizers by Tim Laird

Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide To Classic Drinks For Morning, Noon, and Night by Molly Wellmann

Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics And Contemporary Craft Drinks Using The World’s Most Popular Spirit by Warren Bobrow

Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks From Yesterday And Today by Warren Bobrow

Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All, With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons


Blogs and Podcasts

Bourbon Veach

Bourbon Blog

Sipp’n Corn

Fred Minnick

Modern Thirst

Bottom of the Barrel

Bourbon Pursuit

The Chuck Cowdery Blog

Whisky Cast

The Bourbon Guys


What’s Cookin’ Now

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