EVENTS

EVENTS

May
16
Tue
John Francis Trump at The Regulator Bookshop @ The Regulator Bookshop
May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Author John Francis Trump signing his new book, STILL & BARREL: CRAFT SPIRITS IN THE OLD NORTH STATE. The event will also be a panel discussion about the state of craft distilling here in North Carolina, and the hardships and benefits of starting a craft distillery. Representatives from distilleries in the book will be present for the panel, along with some samples of their spirits.

Although legal spirits in the Tar Heel state only go back about ten years, making liquor in North Carolina is not new. Wilkes County, which was once dubbed the “Moonshine Capital of the World,” was the leading producer of illegal liquor for decades. In 1965, Tom Wolfe’s article in Esquire—“The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes!”— made the area nationally famous.

In Still & Barrel, 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 50 distilleries that are now in business. The state’s distillers are not just making moonshine. Their wares include rum—from sorghum and molasses—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.