The book is a guide to America’s indigenous spirit—from the whiskey made by the otherwise known as moonshine, safely and deliciously (if not quite legally). Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining has ratings and 33 reviews. Mike said: A good read and particularly valuable for the historical ba. He’s got a new book out, The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey, which includes the story.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. 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.
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A good read and particularly valuable for the historical background about whiskey and details of how it’s made. It ends with some enticing recipes for various cocktails and whiskey drinks, though some are ridiculously complex and I doubt I’ll be making them any time soon as much as I would enjoy trying to make my own absinthe, for example. I skipped the chapter about how to make whiskey because I doubt I’ll be able to take it up in the near future, not having a suitable outdoor area to try it A good read and particularly valuable for the historical background about whiskey and details of how it’s made.
I skipped the chapter about how to make whiskey because I doubt I’ll be able to take it up in the near future, not having a suitable outdoor area to try it in. I especially liked that the book included some notes comparing various brands, and also had particular recommendations from whiskey makers and enthusiasts about bottles to have around.
My other cocktail books have lots of recipes but stop short of recommending particular brands, so I’ll be turning to this one when I empty my current bottle of Evan Williams Black Label and want to try something new. View all 3 comments. This ended up being a great little reference book about mostly American whiskey. It was more readable in some parts than others, but was a very enlightening read for the most part. It also has some nice tips for building a home bar, and fun cocktail recipes. This book should spark some good conversations about whiskey.
Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining by Colin Spoelman
Buy one for a whiskey loving friend. Feb 02, Collin Case rated it really liked it Shelves: Great information on the history of American whiskeys, and some nice background on what exactly whiskey is and how it is distilled. The book is approachable even if you know zilch about spirits, and the narration is fun. At times the voice seems a tad pretentious, but I guess that comes with the territory of penning a book on craft-distilling and recommending that people might want to brush up on their metallurgy I mean, Giude really like whiskey, so from the Table of Contents I knew I’d enjoy this.
At times the voice seems a tad pretentious, but I guess that comes with the territory of penning a book on craft-distilling and recommending that people might want to brush up on their metallurgy skills to craft their own still. Also, some baller recipes for whiskey-based food and drink recipes in the back. Be warned, Haskell and Spoelman put American whiskey on a pedestal, prop Scotch up a little bit lower, and then make every effort to drag Vodka through the mud and dirty it up like some sort of Victorian-era street urchin.
Which I’m cool with, because I like my Vodka dirty anyways. Jan 04, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m trying to get smarter about whiskey. It also teaches you how to brew hard liquors at home while reminding you about one hundred times that it is totally illegal to brew hard liquors at home. Jan 07, Eric rated it really moonsining it. To be honest, I had low expectations–was expecting something more didtillery like.
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The book is impressively well-written and brings a great mixture of history, storytelling, and interesting background and facts. The writing is very passionate and makes you feel a closer connection to the world of distilling.
Makes me want to go out and buy a still. Jul 08, Alain Harvey rated it it was amazing. Ina former Kentucky rooftop moonshiner joined forces with the great-grandson of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. Kings County Distillery was born; the first of its kind in New York City since the national alcohol ban of the s. Kings County produces highly awarded, small-batch moonshine, bourbon and other whiskeys at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Paymaster Building—where naval officers once picked up their paychecks.
Now, co-founders Colin Spoelman and David Haskell have applied their knowledg Ina former Kentucky rooftop moonshiner joined forces with the great-grandson of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. Now, co-founders Colin Spoelman and David Haskell have applied their knowledge, passion and precision to a new project: How to Make and Drink Whiskey” published by Abrams Book is a multi-faceted ode to whiskey love and a handbook on the history of whiskey from to today, with a focus upon its role and reputation in America.
It’s also an easy how-to guide for making your own moonshine, complete with a cocktail recipe section for when your homemade spirits are ready for enjoying. Illustrated and also containing 55 black and white photographs, it’s ideal for any enthusiast, historian or potential moonshiner. As the book calls to attention, whiskey is one of the most challenging, personal spirits to make. From speakeasies to George Washington’s stills, it’s deeply embedded in American culture. With the contemporary whiskey scene bustling and a new, emerging class of bourbon drinkers always growing, this book is a great guide.
Mar 15, John J Questore rated it really liked it. I consider myself a whiskey drinker – and by no means a connoisseur. I’ll admit I’ve been interested in the distillation process, but not curious enough to actually do any research.
But, like many of the books in my ever expanding library, I bought this one on a whim. My wife won tickets to see Collective Soul unplugged at a small venue recently. While waiting, I saw this book displayed in the gift shop and decided to give it a go.
I’m the first to say that if you like the taste of something, that I consider myself a whiskey drinker – and by no means a connoisseur. I’m the first to say that if you like the taste of something, that’s all that really matters. There are those pretentious people who think that if you aren’t drinking Johnny Walker Blue, then you must be drinking tap water – and those people, I say, “Get a life”. This book – written by two distillers – starts out with a history of whiskey or whisky, bourbon, Tennessee Sour Mash, or the any other name you may know it by.
They get into the bootlegging, the different kinds, the reason for the many names, and what happened during Prohibition. They then move on to extremely detailed instructions on how to create and distill your own batch of “moonshine”.
Pay close attention to the laws in your state – just owning a still in mine VA is a punishable offense; even if it’s just a water still. After that, they move on to some tips on opening a legitimate distillery. The book finishes up with some recipes for – what else – cocktails that have whiskey as an ingredient. If you’re even remotely curious as to how that amber “nectar of the gods” is created, along with the many different characteristics it’s made up of, then this book is for you.
Feb 04, R. Thomas rated it really liked it. Instead, this is really more of a memoir by the proprietors of Kings County Distillery, David Haskell and Colin Spoelman, a collection of stories and observations drawn from the journey of two men who made the transition from casual whiskey drinkers to the owners of the only The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: Instead, this is really more of a memoir by the proprietors of Kings County Distillery, David Haskell and Colin Spoelman, a collection of stories and observations drawn from the journey of two men who made the transition from casual whiskey drinkers to the owners of the only active distillery in Brooklyn.
Some have complained that the title is misleading, since so little of the book dwells on the process of making moonshine. As a primer for a nascent whiskey fan, who wants to make the move from casual drinking to serious interest in the stuff, the book is first-rate.
One walks away from this engaging little work with a good sense of what whiskey is, who makes it, how it is made, and why that is important. Those who want to build a still from scratch and start making whiskey in their back shed will need another book, but even so, Guide to Urban Moonshining is the sort of work that belongs on the bookshelves of most who like American whiskey and enjoy a pleasant read.
Diehard whiskey moonsnining might enjoy comparing their collections against those of Haskell, Spoelman, and Allison Patel of Brenne French Whisky, and I for one look forward to trying the shrimp and grits recipe tucked into the urbna.
Mar 13, Chad Supp rated it really liked it. Here’s what the Kings County boys are doing for you with this book: They are clearing up a ton of bullshit that’s been poured over the top of bourbon and liquor culture for decades. There’s a lot of myth-busting in this book, and you will be thankful for the straight dope. Like that “small batch” rye you like to drink I fell for the Templeton “Capone” pitch alsoall that rye is being drawn from the inventory of a major distillery in Indiana.
There’s a handy-dandy flow chart that shows you what Here’s what the Kings County boys are doing for you with this book: There’s a handy-dandy flow chart that shows you what major distillery is producing what brands. Distollery of this showing that bourbon culture and the industry is perhaps better kinsg marketing than they are at fire prevention read it, and you’ll know what I’m saying.
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Also, as you’ve long suspected, that top shelf vodka you like in your martini doesn’t taste any different than the booze in the plastic bottles on the bottom shelf.
But if you want a good history of moonshining, urba industry of booze, and the rise of craft distilling, this is a worthy read. Feb 12, Yrban rated it it was amazing. I seriously considered buying a still after reading this book. Probably would’ve blown up my apartment.
Feb 21, Ryan Roth rated it really liked it. This is a great book on the history of whiskey and moonshining here in America. There are suggestions for starting your own moonehining, recipes for whiskey based cocktails and even diagrams of all the American distilleries and how they all fit together.
Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining
After finishing it, I almost want to try my hand at moonshining but I wouldn’t of course since it’s illegal. This book is a valuable resource for both the novice whiskey drinker like myself and seasoned pros who are looking for suggestions on This is a great book on the history of whiskey and moonshining here in America.
This book is a valuable resource for both the novice whiskey drinker like myself and seasoned pros who are looking for suggestions on what to drink next! Mar 28, Matt Heimer rated it really liked it.
Though I enjoy whiskey in moderation, of course, except when not in moderationI’d never given any thought to how it’s made.