Fruit Jar Guzzling

Chasing the White dog book coverHooch, rotgut, white lightning, bootleg…whatever you name the liquor in your mason jar, it’s illegal and the government’s coming for you. Chasing the White Dog by Max Watman follows the history of black market booze. Before the 1790s it wasn’t so unusual that farms would have distilleries. Thirty barrels of whiskey were easier to transport and sell than several tons of grain. The Whiskey Act of 1791 marked the first time that the U.S. government decided it would tax homebrew liquor. The locals didn’t take kindly and haven’t ever since. Watman travels from backwoods holler stills to big-city multi-million dollar outlaw operations showing just how much folks love liquor and hate taxes.