Book Review: Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit

Book Review: Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit

John Schlimm’s name can usually be found affixed to vegan cookbooks or impressive tomes about beer. Allowing for the direct family connection between the distilling of beer and moonshine, it makes sense his next endeavor would venture deep into the Americana lore of the white devil.

So much has been written on the subject of whiskey over the last decade that it can be hard to find some new anecdote or piece of history which has not been told elsewhere. The first half of Moonshine finds Schlimm more than up to the task of crafting an enjoyable and informative narrative about moonshine’s long and storied history. He dives deep in to detail with accessible language and amusing anecdotes that won’t isolate casual drinkers or leave seasoned spirits connoisseurs comatose.

The second half of the book takes a thorough look at infusing moonshine with various ingredients. On a personal note this becomes mildly problematic: At no point in my life have I even once considered infusing moonshine with Skittles, Gummy bears, bubble gum, or dandelions, though I am certain some folks out there may find this curiosity worth the attempt. Thankfully, the recipes and music playlist which round out the book make up for this slight detour into cutesy, saccharine suggestions.

Schlimm delivers a deeper history than nearly any other book out there on moonshine. It would be hard to find a better historical resource for your bookshelf.


Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit




Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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