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Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State by John Francis Trump

John F. Blair, Publisher
$19.95, paperback
May, 2017
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In Still & Barrel, John Francis Trump traces the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum in the state all the way to today's boom from the artisan movement. The book also serves as a guide so you can visit the almost fifty distilleries that are now in business. The state's distillers are not just making moonshine. Their wares include spirits made from sorghum, aged red-wheat organic whiskey and vodka infused with the mysterious Tobago pepper. The information about the distillers and their products is surrounded by history and compelling stories about people and their passion.

A lifelong newspaper reporter and editor in North Carolina, Trump received an MFA in narrative nonfiction from Goucher College. A regular Huffington Post blog was the impetus for Still & Barrel.

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