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The Charleston Brown Water Society

“We are spreading the gospel of whiskey,” Weaver says with a wry smile. “[It] brings out the best and worst in people.”

Pappy Van Winkle

Pappygate in Gravy Episode 35

In the new episode of Gravy, we partner with the ladies behind the podcast Criminal to tell the story of how Pappy Van Winkle bourbon became so desirable—and what it’s driven some people to do.

A portrait of Popcorn Sutton taken the day before his death in March 2012. Photo by Andy Armstrong.

[Pop]Corn from a Jar

The mood-altering substance Popcorn Sutton peddled was not so much ethanol as an ersatz nostalgia.

JackDaniels early 1900s

All the Folks on Rocky Top Get Their Corn from a Jar

In contemporary country songs, whiskey partners with other themes—agrarian, patriotic, rural—to solidify the longstanding connection between country music and the Southern white working class.

Bessie Williamson, the First Lady of Scotch. Photo courtesy of Laphroaig.

Thirsty Thursday: “Whiskey Women” Book Review

A new book just debuted courtesy of the University of Nebraska Press that I’ve been enjoying (albeit with a cocktail in hand): Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey by author Fred Minnick. More than just whiskey though, Minnick goes all the way back to 4000 B.C. to … Continued

Distiller Phil Prichard. Photo courtesy of Prichard's Distillery.

Thirsty Thursday: Tennessee’s Prichard’s Distillery

“Rum is the poor man’s brandy.” Well, according to Thomas Jefferson it is. That’s just one of the spirited facts I learned whilst researching the history of rum-making in America. At one point in time, rum was one of Colonial New England’s largest and most prosperous industries–George Washington even insisted on serving rum at his … Continued