America and Whiskey: The Story of A Love Hate Relationship

December 13, 2013

Whiskey has had a tumultuous history. While that may seem like something of an obvious statement, you might be surprised to learn just how often whiskey and liquor have been tied to the history of nations. America is no different in that regard. From the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, to the Bootleggers of Appalachia alive and kicking today, whiskey has fueled American history in many ways. Clay Risen, author of the new book “American Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye” took a little deeper of a look at this over at The National Journal, and it’s worth a read.

“…two patterns had emerged. First, the urge to drink was clearly endemic to the American character, hindered only by periods of economic and social calm. When that calm was broken—by economic depressions, the Civil War, tumultuous expansion westward—Americans returned to the bottle. During the Civil War, according to a study by the NIAAA, consumption was above 2.5 gallons per capita, about a 20 percent jump from the previous decade; it then dropped to below prewar levels, only to rise again during the economic tumult of the early 1890s.”

How America Learned to Love Whiskey [Clay Risen // The National Journal]

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