The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining : How to Make and Drink Whiskey
How to Make and Drink Whiskey
David Haskell and Colin Spoelman
A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. Written by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City's first distillery since Prohibition, this spirited illustrated book explores America's age-old love affair with whiskey. It begins with chapters on whiskey's history and culture from 1640 to today, when the DIY trend and the classic cocktail craze have conspired to make it the next big thing. For those thirsty for practical information, the book next provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide to safe home distilling, complete with a list of supplies, step-by-step instructions, and helpful pictures, anecdotes, and tips. The final section focuses on the contemporary whiskey scene, featuring a list of microdistillers, cocktail and food recipes from the country's hottest mixologists and chefs, and an opinionated guide to building your own whiskey collection.
Colin Spoelman and David Haskell, both 33 and graduates of Yale, are the founders of Kings County Distillery: the oldest whiskey distillery in New York City and the first since prohibition. Colin, a former rooftop moonshiner from Kentucky and David, the great-grandson of a prohibition-era bootlegger from New York, formed one of the first urban distilleries in the country in 2010, fusing ancient practices and modern technology to make small-scale batches of moonshine, bourbon and other whiskeys. David also is the Features Editor of New York Magazine.