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The American (Brandy) Revolution

The American (Brandy) Revolution

In the booze world today our country is best-known for bourbon, but a couple hundred years ago it wasn’t the only popular domestic spirit in the young United States. America’s fertile land yielded not only excellent corn and rye for whiskey, but it also produced apples, grapes and other fruits for making brandy. In the intervening centuries (and thanks in part to the one-two punch of the phylloxera epidemic destroying the French cognac industry in the late 1800s and worldwide temperance movements passing Prohibition laws a few decades later), brandy lost popularity across the globe. Now, the trend is starting to reverse: Smart drinkers and bartenders have been getting back into brandy in recent years, and that’s leading to a new American brandy revolution. Creative distillers are making some amazing fruit-based spirits, some in traditional styles and others something completely new. Here are some all-American brandies you should look for. KINSMAN RAKIA ($56) Brandy made…

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