Many people compare the current craft spirits boom to the craft beer boom of a generation ago. There are many similarities but also differences. One is money. Back in the day, most craft brewers were doing it on a shoestring. Not so today's craft distillers. Many, though not all, are very well funded, often by investors who stay in the background.
In the new issue of The Bourbon Country Reader, Volume 16, Number 5, dated April, 2015, we follow the money to see how it allows micros to poach distilling talent from the majors, and can lead to micro-producer sales to the majors.
We also look at the growing hobby of vatting, in which enthusiasts 'make' new whiskeys by combining two or more commercially-available products.
And we review a few of the excellent, super-premium whiskeys that are still readily available in most places, despite the oft-reported 'bourbon shortage.'
All this is in the new issue of The Bourbon Country Reader, America's oldest publication dedicated exclusively to American whiskey. Honoring tradition, it still comes to you on paper, in an envelope, via the USPS.
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