Friday, October 11, 2013

New Women's History Book Credits Women for Saving Whiskey


LINCOLN, Neb., Oct. 11, 2013 /jm/ -- Potomac Books announces the first book written on the history of women in whiskey—Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey. The title is available in bookstores nationwide and select Costco warehouses October 15.

In Whiskey Women, Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick dispels the masculine myths that whiskey is a man's drink. Minnick argues whiskey may not exist without female contributions.

"Women have never received credit for their efforts in the alcohol industry," says Minnick, an award-winning spirits writer.

Whiskey Women explores the forgotten women who invented beer and distillation, owned and operated iconic whiskey brands, managed dangerous bootlegging operations and saved the spirits industry from Prohibition.

Minnick says the modern women running boardrooms, creating new brands and blending / distilling are the future of whiskey. Minnick also offers the first published theory on why whiskey companies only recently started marketing to women.

"Fred Minnick gives us an entertaining look at booze's little-known history -- including its links to childhood medicine, witchcraft and the 18th century mail order bride business. This book goes down smooth," wrote AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. 

Minnick will be signing books throughout October and November in Chicago, Louisville, Ky., Lexington, Ky., Nashville, New York, Boston and Washington D.C. Dates, times and places are available at

Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey is Fred Minnick's third book. His first book, Camera Boy: An Army Journalist's War in Iraq, became a Wall Street Journal-bestselling eBook. Minnick writes the award winning "American Whiskey" column for Tasting Panel Magazine and the "Toasting the Hunt" for Covey Rise. He contributes to Bourbon Review, Costco Connection, USA Today, Whisky Advocate, Whisky Magazine, and many others. Minnick is also the "Bourbon Authority" for the Kentucky Derby Museum.  View his work at

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