American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines carried whiskey at Yorktown, Gettysburg, Manila, and Da Nang. It bolstered their courage, calmed their nerves, and treated their maladies. As a serious American whiskey drinker, John C. Tramazzo noticed how military service and whiskey went hand in hand during his decade-long service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
In Bourbon and Bullets Tramazzo reveals the rich and dramatic connection between bourbon and military service in America. Although others have discussed whiskey's place in military history, Bourbon and Bullets explores the relationship between military service and some of the most notable whiskey distillers and executives working today. American servicemen Weller, Handy, Stagg, Van Winkle, and Bulleit all experienced combat before they became household names for American whiskey enthusiasts. In small towns and big cities across America, veterans of armed conflict in Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan cook mash, operate stills, and push the booming industry to new heights. Bourbon and Bullets delves into the lives and military careers of these whiskey distillers and tells the story of whiskey's role on the battlefield and in the American military community.
John C. Tramazzo is an active duty Army officer and veteran of several deployments in support of the Global War on Terror. He is also an American whiskey enthusiast, Kentucky Colonel, and the founder of the popular blog bourbonscout.com.
Foreword by Fred Minnick Introduction Chapter 1: Bourbon & Bullets Chapter 2: Red Likker Chapter 3: War and Whiskey Persist Chapter 4: George Washington Chapter 5: Evan and Isaac Shelby Chapter 6: The Weller Family Chapter 7: Thomas Hughes Handy Chapter 8: Paul L. Jones, Jr. Chapter 9: George Thomas Stagg Chapter 10: Julian Proctor Van Winkle, Jr. Chapter 11: Elmer Tandy Lee and James B. Johnson, Jr. Chapter 12: Richard L. Newman Chapter 13: Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr. Chapter 14: David Steven Pickerell Chapter 15: Veteran Owned and Operated Distilleries Epilogue Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index