Absolut, Skyy, Jack Daniel’s – you already know all the big names, but what about the little guys? Maybe you know the best micro-distilleries in your area, but there’s an exciting world of spirits production out there just waiting to be discovered. David J. ReimerSr.’s Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada puts those distilleries directly within your reach.
“Within the last decade,” says Reimer in the book’s preface, “the number of micro-distilleries in the United States and Canada has rocketed from a couple dozen to more than a couple hundred.” Over the course of this hefty no-nonsense tome, Reimer tracks down 109 micro-distilleries state by state and gives each one the recognition it deserves.
As the name likely indicates, Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada is no memoir or travelogue, so don’t expect any sprawling first person narrative tying these distilleries together. Reimer gets down to brass tacks with a thoroughly indexed business-friendly reference book filled with all the facts you need on each distillery. Each entry includes vital stats and fun facts, distillery tour schedules, staff profiles, histories and future goals, spirits produced and cocktail recipes to whet your appetite, and – most importantly – contact information so you can start stocking your bar.
Readers can look for more information on their favorite hometown micro-distilleries (we were thrilled to see our own local San Diego favorite Ballast Point Spirits make the roster, along with a Mule-inspired recipe for their Old Grove Gin that we can enthusiastically vouch for), but this book isn’t about preaching to the converted. It’s about inspiration – discovering spirits and flavors you never knew existed, then seeking them out like the intrepid spirit adventurers we are.
New York’s Hidden Marsh Distillery, with its honey-based BEE vodka and maple liqueur? Yes, please. Colorado’s Roundhouse Spirits with its sencha and chamomile-scented gin? We’ll take two. And that’s only scratching the surface. Hazelnut rum, Vermont apple brandy, and a wealth of warm oaked single grain bourbons – every flip of the page represents a new region and their twists on the classics and beyond.
For professionals and enthusiasts alike, Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada is more than just a reference book. It’s a starting point, a primer on the amazing things being produced from coast to coast and just beyond your own backyard. So pick a page, dive in, and prepare to fall in love with alcohol all over again.
TITLE: Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada
AUTHOR: David J. Reimer Sr.
PUBLISHED: April 2011
DISTILLERIES FEATURED: 109