By David W. Maurer
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When the first American tax on distilled spirits was established in 1791, violence broke out in Pennsylvania. The resulting Whiskey Rebellion sent hundereds of families down the Ohio River by flatboat, stills on board, to settle anew in the fertile bottomlands of Kentucky. Here they used cold limestone spring water to make bourbon and found that corn produced even better yields of whiskey than rye.
In this way, the legal whiskey and bourbon trade in Kentucky grew alongside one of the most active moonshining industries in the nation. In Kentucky Moonshine, David W. Maurer provides an entertaining and realistic look at the craft and craftsmanship of the moonshiner. From discussions of infiltrating "dry" counties to law enforcement and insider's terminology, Maurer presents a fascinating study of this taboo, but popular profession.