If absinthe was made with a distilled wine base, why did the wine industry lobby to have it banned? Notes from a discussion about the impact of the vine infestation phylloxera on absinthe in the late 1800s.
An interesting find in an old book concerning phylloxera and scotch whisky.
A new batch of booze-related reading for your summer pleasure. We've two Bloody Mary books, one on wildcrafting, rum, and a funky vintage reprint; plus gastrophysics, Bordeaux, and more.
Here is the latest batch of booze books to hit store shelves and my mailbox. We've got a cognac history, a couple of cocktail recipe books, one on cooking with cocktails, and another exploring wine.
Hops have long been used as preservatives and flavoring in beer, but recently the bitter, floral vine is making its way into spirits, cider, and even canned wine.
One day science says drinking will make you live forever. The next day science says it will kill you tomorrow. Good Booze, Bad Booze is an Alcademics category where I put all these stories together.
These are seven newish drink books that have arrived at Alcademics HQ for your consideration. Most of the below descriptions come from the book blurbs and are not reviews, as I'm about 30 books behind on my reading list. Nicholas Faith's Guide to Cognac by Nicholas Faith (Not sure why this book is so expensive on Amazon; it's only 132 pages. The Kindle version appears to be free.) Nicholas Faith’s Guide to Cognac is a directory supplement to Nicholas’s best-selling book Cognac: The story of the world’s greatest brandy. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes...
Another big batch of cocktail (and wine and beer) books has hit the Alcademics inbox. I look forward to checking these out.