making has been an integral part of American history since frontier
times. In Kentucky, early settlers brought stills to preserve grain,
and they soon found that the limestone-filtered water and the unique
climate of the scenic Bluegrass region made it an ideal place for the
production of barrel-aged liquor. And so, bourbon whiskey was born.
|More than two hundred
commercial distilleries were operating in Kentucky before Prohibition,
but only sixty-one reopened after its repeal in 1933. As the popularity
of America's native spirit increases worldwide, many historic
distilleries are being renovated, refurbished, and brought back into
operation. Unfortunately, these spaces, with their antique tools and
aging architecture, are being dismantled to make way for modern
structures and machinery.
In The Birth of
award-winning photographer Carol Peachee takes readers on an
unforgettable tour of lost distilleries as well as facilities
undergoing renewal, such as the famous Old Taylor and James E. Pepper
distilleries in Lexington, Kentucky. This beautiful book also includes
spaces that well-known brands, including Maker's Mark, Woodford
Reserve, Four Roses, and Buffalo Trace, have preserved as a homage to
their rich histories.