Know what you are buying – or maybe not buying after reading this book.
TITLE: Moonshine Markets: Issues in Unrecorded Alcohol Beverage Consumption and Production
Editors: Alan Hayworth, Ronald Simpson
PUBLISHER: Brunner-Routledge, 211 Pages
COST: $45.00 US
REVIEWED BY: Chris Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com
An interesting and scholarly examination of book on many different types of “noncommercial” (readunlicensed, but not neccessarily non-comercial) distilled spirits, how they came about, how they are made and by whom, how they are consumed and their cultural and economic impact.
The book looks at illegal alcohol production in 6 countries and comes up with some startling discoveries – such as the fact you are as likely to be poisoned by drinking commercially made products as illicit ones. This does not however rule out some of the usual stories (and worse) that you hear about – socaveat emptor on that jug.
That being said, it is an excellent work on the culture of moonshine in various countries, if a bit dry and methodical in parts. A interesting read for the student or scholar of distilled spirits.