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Approaching the history of bourbon from a legal standpoint, Haara tells the history of America through the development of commercial laws that guided our nation from an often reckless laissez-faire mentality, through the growing pains of industrialization, and past the overcorrection of Prohibition. More than just true bourbon history, this is part of the American story.
“Bourbon Justice uses a groundbreaking approach to tell the history of the bourbon industry—the lawsuits that provide the true origin stories of famous brands. I believe this book will quickly become a classic work in the field of bourbon history and of distilled spirits as a whole.”—Michael Veach, bourbon historian, scholar, and author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage
“I teach people all over the world that words on an American whiskey label mean something. Brian Haara brings to life the laws like the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 that make American whiskey so spectacular. I can’t get enough!”—Bernie Lubbers, American whiskey ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery and author of Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit
“The subtle, dry wit of Haara’s book makes a crisp argument. It turns out that dusty lawsuits are a perfect way to explore the heritage of both our nation and its spirit.”—Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey