“Anytime you look into my work and you see a simple A-frame house with a porch on it, that’s my grandmother’s house. “
My grandfather had a rich and violent past, and with his brothers formed the Bondurant Brothers, the infamous crew of moonshiners in Franklin County, Virginia, the “Moonshine Capital of the World.”
In fifty years, Southern drinking will be very different from drinking in the rest of the United States, predicts David Wondrich.
The truth never gets in the way of a good whiskey story.
“We are spreading the gospel of whiskey,” Weaver says with a wry smile. “[It] brings out the best and worst in people.”
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.
The mood-altering substance Popcorn Sutton peddled was not so much ethanol as an ersatz nostalgia.
When someone asks, “What is your cocktail of choice?” The Old Fashioned is it.
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.