moonshine coverThe last book one will ever need on the art of in-house hooch.

~ Publisher’s Weekly


Dig into my background even casually and you’re going to strike moonshine. Yep, that’s me, too. I write and speak about small-scale distillers, cocktails, and spirits. Press on my spirits writing has been kind, including coverage in Imbibe, Wine & Spirits, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Gastronomica, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and others.

For anyone who’s ever wondered how liquor is made, Moonshine! walks you through—step by colorful, illustrated step. The book has graced coffee tables, nightstands, and toilet tanks. Where you keep your copy is your own business.

Don’t let the cornball cover fool you: Moonshine! is a serious examination of the early years of American distilling and a meticulous, yet easy-to-understand, guide for novice distillers with plenty of recipes. Don’t feel like distilling? No problem—there are plenty of recipes for extracts, bitters, and other concoctions that use off-the-shelf commercial liquor.

…even if your interest in matters spiritual goes no further than the back bar of your favorite tavern, Moonshine! makes for a compelling and informative read.

~ Wine & Spirits

Ch 1 introBuy yours today. Amazon, Powell’s Books, Amazon (UK), and Amazon (Canada) carry it. So do neighborhood booksellers and national chains.

It helps his credibility that [Rowley] has clearly tasted a lot of moonshine, good and bad. This may be the only book you ever read in which you can find, in effect, tasting notes on liquor that came in unlabeled fruit jars.

~ Charles Perry
Los Angeles Times