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bourbonv
01-10-2013, 06:29
For those who have been inquiring, my book will be out in March. You can pre-order on Amazon now and save $8 off the cover price.

Mike Veach

squire
01-10-2013, 06:44
Thanks Mike, I've been looking forward to this book.

For the newer members here Michael Veach is not a writer who happened to choose Bourbon as a subject, rather he is an impeccably credentialed and widely respected professional historian whose field is American Distilling History, specifically Bourbon, who occasionally writes about his subject.

BradleyC
01-10-2013, 06:48
Thanks Mike. I just placed my order and look forward to reading it.

p_elliott
01-10-2013, 08:27
Thanks Mike, I've been looking forward to this book.

For the newer members here Michael Veach is not a writer who happened to choose Bourbon as a subject, rather he is an impeccably credentialed and widely respected professional historian whose field is American Distilling History, specifically Bourbon, who occasionally writes about his subject.

I may add a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame.

mosugoji64
01-10-2013, 08:56
Just put in my preorder and very much look forward to reading it. Thanks, Mike, for the heads-up!

bourbonv
01-11-2013, 12:53
My pleasure to let you know. I have had several inquiries about when it would be out so i thought I would let you know. Thanks for the support.
Mike Veach

jburlowski
01-11-2013, 15:16
Finally... I been waiting for this. Order has been placed.

Congrats on your accomplishment!

:bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown:

camduncan
01-11-2013, 16:14
Hopefully I'll be getting a couple of copies shipped to Australia in my next Amazon order. I look forward to reading it Mike.

silverfish
01-11-2013, 17:01
If it's not against the rules, perhaps include a link (http://www.amazon.com/Kentucky-Bourbon-Whiskey-American-Heritage/dp/0813141656/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357952543&sr=1-1&keywords=Kentucky+Bourbon+Whiskey)?
I did a Mike Veach book search on amazon and only
2 results for The Social History of Bourbon were
returned.

Bourbon Boiler
01-11-2013, 17:04
I'll post a link, and I assume this is legal because I have no vested interest in it's sales. Mods, please feel free to delete if my interpretation is incorrect.

http://www.amazon.com/Kentucky-Bourbon-Whiskey-American-Heritage/dp/0813141656/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357952596&sr=8-1&keywords=kentucky+bourbon+an+american+heritage

MacinJosh
01-19-2013, 19:06
For those who have been inquiring, my book will be out in March. You can pre-order on Amazon now and save $8 off the cover price.

Mike Veach

Done! :D Looking forward to reading it Mike.

darylld911
01-20-2013, 05:21
Thanks for posting this! Ordered a copy for my dad and myself - look forward to the read!

HP12
01-20-2013, 06:25
Looks to be a good read. I'm in.

MyOldKyDram
01-20-2013, 07:10
And just ordered mine as well.

theglobalguy
01-20-2013, 12:47
I'm in, seriously thanks for posting. Amazon is generally very good at pointing out books related to my previous purchases...but this one seems to be slipping through the cracks.

Tony
01-20-2013, 14:05
Thanks, order is in and looking forward to reading.

Best regards, Tony

bourbonv
02-26-2013, 05:01
The book made it to the University Press warehouse on the 14th and was shipped out last week. You should be seeing it in bookstores soon.
Mike Veach

KySalesRep
02-28-2013, 17:41
Just placed my order, can't wait to get it in. Thanks Mike!

FlounderinDC
03-04-2013, 09:06
Placed a pre-order on my Kindle last night. Looking forward to it.

HighHorse
03-04-2013, 10:57
Thanks for the heads-up. Ordered two just now! More to come from our Tallahassee "Porch" group!

MyOldKyDram
03-04-2013, 15:02
Saw it at the KYCrafted art fair this weekend. Sadly I'd already pre-ordered so did not pick it up.

HighHorse
03-10-2013, 09:31
My copies came in Friday just in time for our group hosting Jim Rutledge this weekend to present to him as an appreciation gift for the time he spent with us. We all signed it and Jim was thrilled to get an early copy. He indicated that he knew (from Mike) that it was to be out soon. Picture Attached.
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squire
03-10-2013, 09:59
You guys are a class act Jon, hate I couldn't make the meeting.

tanstaafl2
03-10-2013, 18:02
Found my copy waiting for me in the stack of mail when I got home last night from vacation. Naturally it was the first thing I opened!

I look forward to reading it.

SFS
03-11-2013, 07:31
You guys are a class act Jon, hate I couldn't make the meeting.
We would love to have had you Squire, it was a blast.

fricky
03-11-2013, 10:58
I read the book and found it to be very interesting. It is well organized, clearly written, informative, and concise. Once I started reading, i couldn't put it down. I enjoyed reading about the impact of whiskey and bourbon during various events in US history. The book should appeal to bourbon enthusiasts and aficionados.

cowdery
03-11-2013, 13:20
I read the book and found it to be very interesting. It is well organized, clearly written, informative, and concise. Once I started reading, i couldn't put it down. I enjoyed reading about the impact of whiskey and bourbon during various events in US history. The book should appeal to bourbon enthusiasts and aficionados.

I'm sure Mike would appreciate it if you posted that as a review on Amazon. That goes for everyone else too. Positive consumer reviews on Amazon help sales a lot.

squire
03-11-2013, 13:34
That's a good idea Chuck.

MyOldKyDram
03-11-2013, 14:02
Very good and it will be a super easy recommendation. Great read.

fricky
03-11-2013, 14:46
I'm sure Mike would appreciate it if you posted that as a review on Amazon. That goes for everyone else too. Positive consumer reviews on Amazon help sales a lot.

Thanks for the suggestion. My review has been posted on Amazon.

callmeox
03-11-2013, 19:09
Got my copy today from AMZN. I shall dig in to it this evening and will definitely post a review.

MacinJosh
03-11-2013, 22:30
Got my copy today from AMZN. I shall dig in to it this evening and will definitely post a review.

Ditto and ditto. Looking forward to reading this one Mike! Cheers!

Pieface
03-12-2013, 00:57
I was thinking of getting the kindle edition. Are there photo's or images in the hard copy that would make it a preferable purchase?

fricky
03-12-2013, 04:22
I was thinking of getting the kindle edition. Are there photo's or images in the hard copy that would make it a preferable purchase?

I am sure that you will find the book interesting without the images; however, when I read historical books such as this, I enjoy viewing the photographs and documents included in the book.

fricky
03-18-2013, 09:47
Am I the only one that read this book? Surely others have read it. I am interested in your opinion.

Tucker
03-19-2013, 13:22
http://www.whiskyadvocateblog.com/2013/03/19/book-review-mike-veachs-kentucky-bourbon-whiskey/

Whisky Advocate review.

darylld911
03-19-2013, 15:34
I'm not very far along yet, but looking forward to finishing it over the next week. I'll definitely post a review on Amazon as well!

Grain Belt
03-20-2013, 07:54
Ordered and on the way!

black mamba
03-25-2013, 16:07
Thanks for the heads up, I just ordered two copies.

cowdery
03-26-2013, 12:49
My short review is on the back cover. In addition. I think it's beautifully written and clear, and rigorous in its scholarship. If you're interested in a historical overview of the American whiskey industry, this is the essential and definitive book.

bourbonv
03-28-2013, 06:25
Thanks Chuck for the kind words. I do hope everyone enjoys the book.
Mike Veach

Grain Belt
03-29-2013, 23:17
I read the book and think it is a very good read. I like how the writing is accessible, concise, and thoughtfully organized. It also has an excellent bibliography to get into some other books/articles on bourbon.

LiveFromLou
03-30-2013, 03:12
Well done, Mike. I appreciate how thoroughly you debunked a lot of the myths associated with bourbon's early history and that you're comfortable saying there is no definite answer right now for a lot of the questions. I like the intrigue more than others' confidence in myths.

bllygthrd
04-03-2013, 16:06
Bought the Kindle edition of the book on Saturday and finished it last night (Tuesday). A very easy and informative read, the pictures contained displayed very well on my android tablet. I particularly liked (and learned from) the discussions about rectifiers and the promulgation of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. A book every bourbon lover should have in his library.

darylld911
04-08-2013, 15:25
Very well done, Mike! I posted a review on Amazon as well. Having read both Chuck's and Bernie's books in the last 6 months, my wife wondered how I could be reading ANOTHER book on bourbon - but I think you've done a great job of giving us a concise history of bourbon, and how it impacted the history of the country as well!

bourbonv
04-09-2013, 09:10
Thank you again for the kind words. No questions about anything in the book?

Mike Veach

stiffchainey
04-09-2013, 09:37
Will there be a german version someday?:grin:

bourbonv
04-10-2013, 06:22
The Lavian press has inquired for translation rights, but the Germans have not yet inquired.

Wryguy
04-10-2013, 06:23
Thank you again for the kind words. No questions about anything in the book?

Mike Veach

Mike, what is the bourbon pictured on the cover of the book?

stiffchainey
04-10-2013, 06:24
You are looking for a german publisher then?

bourbonv
04-10-2013, 06:25
I don't like the cover. I think it looks silly - like the bourbon is carbonated or something. However if you look at the dust jacket as a whole you will see it is bourbon being poured into a glass.

bourbonv
04-10-2013, 06:27
I am sure the Press would talk to any German publishers who are interested.

Mike Veach

bourbonv
04-10-2013, 06:31
For those who are interested, I will be signing books at the Getz Museum on the Saturday of the Sampler from noon to 2.
Mike Veach

Wryguy
04-10-2013, 06:36
I don't like the cover. I think it looks silly - like the bourbon is carbonated or something. However if you look at the dust jacket as a whole you will see it is bourbon being poured into a glass.

I was just wondering which brand of bourbon was chosen, did you have any input, or is it simply stock photography? Since you're not pleased, what would you have preferred for the cover? I personally enjoyed every aspect of your book, and felt it was one of the most eminently informative histories that I've ever encountered. You are a fine historian and writer. Thanks for this gem.

bourbonv
04-10-2013, 06:55
I was presented with the cover with no input at all. I don't know the bourbon used or even if it is bourbon. I would have preferred something more historical such as the one of the labels from the Miller scrapbook used in the book or even the Clark capps photograph of the barrel with the guager's tools also used in the book.

Mike Veach

tanstaafl2
04-10-2013, 07:09
Wow, that stinks! You would think that as the author you might at least get to offer an opinion. Oh well, kinda like bourbon its the contents that count more than the container!

Lazer
04-10-2013, 07:11
I was presented with the cover with no input at all. I don't know the bourbon used or even if it is bourbon. I would have preferred something more historical such as the one of the labels from the Miller scrapbook used in the book or even the Clark capps photograph of the barrel with the guager's tools also used in the book.

Mike Veach
I'll try not to judge the book by its cover.

bourbonv
04-10-2013, 07:16
Thank you Lazer. I hope others have a similar opinion for picking the book and overlook the silliness of the fizzy bourbon.
Mike Veach

p_elliott
04-10-2013, 08:41
For those who are interested, I will be signing books at the Getz Museum on the Saturday of the Sampler from noon to 2.
Mike Veach
I assume that means books will be available for purchase there as normal at a book signing?

MacinJosh
04-10-2013, 15:05
For those who are interested, I will be signing books at the Getz Museum on the Saturday of the Sampler from noon to 2.
Mike Veach

And then hanging out with us Saturday night, right Mike??? Right???? :)

bourbonv
04-11-2013, 05:57
I will have some books there, but UPK has sold all of the first printing and evidently only ordered a thousand more for the second printing. I am not sure I will have the books to sell so I would say order off Amazon while you can.
Mike Veach

p_elliott
04-11-2013, 07:37
Thanks for the reply Mike I placed my order on Amazon and should have the book well before the sampler.

bourbonv
04-11-2013, 07:57
I was having lunch with Bill Samuels yesterday and discussing the book. He pointed out that I was a bit misleading in saying the 1950s was a golden age for bourbon. More correctly it was a golden age for bourbon consummers, but not distillers. He correctly pointed out the over production by Schenley forced them to close their smaller distilleries and kept prices low forcing independent small distilleries out of business as well. He is right.

Mike Veach

p_elliott
04-13-2013, 11:45
Got my book today I'll bring it to KY with me to get it signed.

fishnbowljoe
04-28-2013, 21:43
Purchased my copy from Mike at his book signing Saturday at the Getz Museum in Bardstown. I was with Paul, Gary and Scott. Mike signed our books, and took the time to chat with us for a little bit. Hope to start reading it soon.

bourbonv
04-29-2013, 06:54
I want to thank you all who came out and bought a book and supported the Oscar Getz Museum.
Mike Veach

MacinJosh
05-03-2013, 19:18
Just finished Mike's book. Outstanding, factual, very concise and to the point. Well done Mike!!!! I look forward to your future work.

smknjoe
05-03-2013, 20:17
Just ordered mine and look forward to reading it in the next few days.

WAINWRIGHT
05-04-2013, 08:56
I picked up several copies at the Getz when Mike was signing them I gave one copy to my father,who finished it in one day,he said he couldn't put it down.My father said that he enjoyed all of the factual information,Mike's straight forward style of writing and the basic overall structure of the text.I look forward to starting my read soon,I doubt I'll finish it in a day,but I do have some free over this weekend so who knows.

camduncan
05-04-2013, 13:35
We're finalising our annual Amazon order this month and I've got two copies in the cart (one is for a fellow SB member). I did wonder if these will be the first copies in Australia? ;)

bourduc
05-04-2013, 17:39
Just ordered mine thru Amazon and received this message: Delivery Estimate: Monday June 17, 2013 - Monday July 8, 2013. Book must be back ordered, that is a good thing for Mike :) Can't wait to read it!

cowdery
05-05-2013, 18:54
Wow. That certainly does suggest it sold out the first printing. That's great for Mike and for University Press of Kentucky.

While you wait, I'll recommend another new University Press of Kentucky book, Kentucky BBQ by Wes Berry, also available on Amazon. If you don't know Wes, he's one of us, just a friend you haven't met yet.

And who doesn't like bourbon and BBQ?

bourbonv
05-06-2013, 09:19
Chuck,
The first printing was sold out at the end of March. I am surprised that there is that long of a waiting period on Amazon, because UPK told me the second printing is already here.

It was good talking with those of you who came by the Getz Museum. I hope all enjoyed the book as well as the conversation.
Mike Veach

HighInTheMtns
05-06-2013, 09:47
Chuck,
The first printing was sold out at the end of March. I am surprised that there is that long of a waiting period on Amazon, because UPK told me the second printing is already here.

It was good talking with those of you who came by the Getz Museum. I hope all enjoyed the book as well as the conversation.
Mike Veach
Mike, I ordered a book from Amazon and got it the Wednesday of Sampler week, so if the first printing had already sold out in March, perhaps the second has sold out as well?

bourbonv
05-06-2013, 13:21
Bourduc,
I checked with the UPK and there is no reason that I can see for such a delay. The Press assured me that Amazon has plenty of books, so hopefully your book will be arriving soon.

Mike Veach

bourduc
05-06-2013, 15:34
Thanks for the update, Mike. My order says that I will receive two shipments, maybe it is the other items in the order holding up shipment?

Still looking forward to the book.

Thanks for the heads up on the BBQ book - Kentucky BBQ by Wes Berry. I'll have to put it on my wish list.

Rob

bourbonv
05-07-2013, 06:24
Rob, I suspect that is the case. Thanks for ordering the book. I hope you enjoy it and if you ahve any question, feel free to ask.
Mike Veach

SMOWK
05-07-2013, 06:53
Well done Mike. A great book. It now sits on the bourbon shelf as a reference while pouring away.

smokinjoe
05-16-2013, 13:28
I am enjoying the book, too. Nice read. I like the use of the "call outs" in gray boxes with tidbits of information , e.g. "John Fitch, "The Real McCoy", "Whisky or Whiskey", etc. It reminds me of the similar thing they do on shows like "Modern Marvels", right before they go to commercial. Interestingly, when I read the ones in the book, I hear that guys voice from Modern Marvels. :D

bourbonv
05-20-2013, 09:50
Joe,
I don't have cable so I have not seen Modern Marvels, but I am glad you like the sidebars. I tried to use them to explain things that people might not know or if I thought the subject seemed to fit in the history being discussed, but I did not want to get off the subject in the text. Thanks again to all who have read the book.
Mike Veach

WAINWRIGHT
05-21-2013, 17:51
I just finished the book myself and I have to agree with Joe,I really liked the added "bits" as related to the history of bourbon itself,especially the little side story about W.L.Weller,Yikes!I thought it was a great read start to finish and really proves once again,you never know everything.Great book I couldn't recommend it enough,especially to someone just beginning the hobby and it will also appeal to seasoned veterans alike.

MacinJosh
05-27-2013, 05:17
Nice mention in the Bourbon Review as well Mike!

bourbonv
06-27-2013, 10:15
You can now get the audio book version on Amazon.
Mike Veach

AaronWF
06-27-2013, 12:52
You can now get the audio book version on Amazon.
Mike Veach

Does Samuel L. Jackson read it?

callmeox
06-27-2013, 12:59
Does Samuel L. Jackson read it?

That would only be topped in coolness by Dave Chappelle reading it as Samuel L. Jackson.

IronHead
06-27-2013, 13:48
That would only be topped in coolness by Dave Chappelle reading it as Samuel L. Jackson.

...Or as Lil' John.

nblair
06-27-2013, 17:29
Great read, Mike.

What I really want to know is - who has made some compound whiskey using the recipes in the book? They should be included in the next BTOTY event...

bourbonv
06-28-2013, 05:50
Lincoln Henderson made some "Bourbon" for me using the 1860s recipe back in 2001. I still have some. It is interesting to taste, but it is not anywhere close to tasting like a real straight bourbon.

Mike Veach

camduncan
07-21-2013, 18:42
My copy arrived from Amazon last week after a two week trip round the world if the post stamps are anything to go by.


While you wait, I'll recommend another new University Press of Kentucky book, Kentucky BBQ by Wes Berry, also available on Amazon.

Also arived in the order.... thanks Chuck for the recommendation!

bourbonv
07-22-2013, 11:32
I hope you enjoy the book. Let me know if you have questions about the book.
Mike Veach

sutton
07-22-2013, 12:13
I hope you enjoy the book. Let me know if you have questions about the book.
Mike Veach
Will be leaving for vacation this weekend Mike, and your book is coming with me for the back porch and evening pour(s). I've been saving it for 3 months, and am looking forward to it.

theglobalguy
08-04-2013, 18:54
Popped up locally at Costco. Already have a copy from when it was released (great read!), but grabbed one as a gift for the father-in-law.

mbroo5880i
08-04-2013, 19:39
Popped up locally at Costco. Already have a copy from when it was released (great read!), but grabbed one as a gift for the father-in-law.

How funny! I was at Costco today and hoping to see Mike or Chuck's book. They did have Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson.

bourbonv
08-06-2013, 06:34
I did not realise that the book was for sale at Costco. If you want me to sign the book for your father-in-law, bring it by the Filson and I will do so.

Mike Veach

Yeti
08-06-2013, 09:00
Just picked up the audio version. Loved reading it the first time, can't wait to listen through as well. It's just the right length to get me to the KBF :D

bourbonv
08-06-2013, 11:42
I will be very interested in hearing your opinion of the audio version. Please let me know what you think.
Mike Veach

smokinjoe
08-07-2013, 04:54
Audio version? Cool! Who narrated it? FWIW, I would nominate Larry Kass. Now, that's a voice! 200 people in a pitch black room with everybody talking, you'll know right where Larry is. He's kinda like the James Earl Jones of Bourbonia. :D

p_elliott
08-07-2013, 07:08
Audio Version where did you get that? I can listen to that at work.

bourbonv
08-07-2013, 10:24
You can get the audio version on Amazon.
Mike Veach

Yeti
08-07-2013, 10:40
I listened to it yesterday. It's very palatable for a single session at about 2 1/2 hours. The narrator sounds like the guy who does all of the audible tags on each recording, the "This...is Audible" guy. He does a fine job, a little dry but there's not much need for theatrics. The only difficult/strange/off-putting thing is the way the inset articles are read, which is straight through as if they're part of the primary text. I knew ahead of time that would probably be the case, as there's not a better solution. As many of the insets are recipes it makes for a slightly confusing and disorienting change from the narrative of the chapter. This happens with all books that feature heavy inset sections or even worse, footnotes, when they are read aloud as audiobooks and is not a negative critique of the content of the book, merely a recognition of a limitation of the audiobook format.

I'll probably still listen to it again on the way to Bardstown to help set the mood!

bourbonv
08-07-2013, 12:38
Yeti, Thanks for the feedback. I have not heard it yet - They are supose to be sending me a copy but I don't have one yet. I was curious as to how they handled the side-bars and footnotes. Thanks again for the review.
Mike Veach

p_elliott
08-08-2013, 17:49
I downloaded the audio version this morning myself.

cowdery
08-14-2013, 14:24
Mike has a real publisher so he gets good distribution at places like Costco. I have a fake publisher (myself) so my book is only available on Amazon, my blog, (http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/) in many distillery gift shops, and at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington. (If you're a retailer and would like to sell it, PM me.)

theglobalguy
08-14-2013, 14:30
Mike has a real publisher so he gets good distribution at places like Costco. I have a fake publisher (myself) so my book is only available on Amazon, my blog, (http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/) in many distillery gift shops, and at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington. (If you're a retailer and would like to sell it, PM me.)

I could always sneak a few copies in and see what happens?

mhatzung
08-16-2013, 11:49
I hesitated to write this when I first read this thread, because it had some age on it, but since it's active again I'll chime in.

When I first got interested in bourbon (I'm about to admit to how much of a 'newb' I am) Mike's book was brand new and my wife brought it home for me. It was the perfect way for me to get a great perspective on not only the bourbon industry and history but many of the nuances of bourbon manufacturing. I was enthralled with the book. It was well written and since I am brand new to bourbon, full of facts that I didn't know. I read parts of the book 3 times, and I never reread books. This book would be perfect (although I haven't read Chuck Cowdery's book yet, soon to be rectified) for anyone new to bourbon.

Mike, if you read this, thanks for a great book and I hope to meet you some day.

bourbonv
10-07-2013, 08:10
I am going to be in Cincinnati at the Books by the Banks Book fair on Saturday. I am also moderating a program on cocktails for Molly Wellman from the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. I hope to see some of you there.

Mike Veach