Is bourbon the quintessential American liquor? Bourbon is not only alcohol—the amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American tradition and tangled in American historical past. From the early days of uncooked corn liquor to the myriad distilleries which have proliferated across the nation in the present day, bourbon is an emblem of america.This course traces bourbon’s whole historical past, from the 1700s, with Irish, Scottish, and French settlers organising stills and making distilled spirits within the New World, via in the present day’s booming resurgence.On their tour of bourbon’s fascinating, turbulent, and uniquely American evolution, listeners will discover the mysterious origins of the whiskey’s identify and meet the women and men who’ve been championed as its inventors and made it so fashionable – from Daniel Boone’s cousin and Baptist minister Elijah Craig to Jacob Beam and Evan Williams.On this 10-lecture journey via the story of an undeniably American libation, listeners will:Hear the tales behind the earliest bourbon whiskies proper as much as the present “bourbon bubble” Learn the way a contemplative spirit went from agricultural product to industrial commodityExplore how – and why – bourbon performed such a big position within the years of the early republicGet the information on when and why Congress handed whiskey-protection lawsDiscover the stunning significance of bourbon distilleries throughout World Struggle II, when the spirit turned struggle materialGo contained in the Golden Age of Bourbon – a exceptional proliferation of latest manufacturers and area of interest markets taking place nowWitness the expansion of manufacturers like Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Bulleit Bourbon, and Previous TaylorGain insights into why distilled spirits, like garments and automobiles, challenge a message about who we’re and the cultures to which we belong Be part of Dr. Ken Albala, a historical past professor who has written quite a few books on meals, as he lays out in knowledgeable element the essential position bourbon has performed all through the cultural and political historical past of the nation.
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