Few commodities figure as prominently or as intimately in the story of the nation as bourbon whiskey. Bourbon is Dane Huckelbridge's artful and imaginative biography of our most well-liked, and at times controversial, spirit, that is also a witty and entertaining chronicle of the United States itself.
In telling the story of bourbon, Huckelbridge takes us on a lively tour across three hundred years. Introducing the fascinating people central to its creation and evolution, he illuminates the elusive character of the nation itself.
American hard cider is making a comeback. There are many high hopes for the industry, which has gotten the welcome mat from New York's chief executive.
A new law that will take effect early next year creates a new type of license for farm cider-making operations. Sonya del Peral is manager of Albany's Nine Pin Cider Works Company.
She agrees with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who believes that the farm cider operations, which can sell other products such as jams and souvenirs, will promote tourism and help New York agriculture.