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BOURBON: What the Educated Drinker Should Know
ISBN: 978-1-948901-13-0

Book Details

Author: Dr. Tim M. Berra
Hardcover: 224 pages, Full-color, hardbound, with matching dust jacket
Product Dimensions: 6x9-inch
Retail Price: $26.95

Book Description

Oaky and full-bodied, prized throughout the world but distinctly American, with deep roots in the Kentucky hills and hollers… Bourbon has continued to grow as the spirit of choice by alcohol lovers across the globe, but many drinkers have a limited understanding of how bourbon is made. While there may be a hundred books on the subject, few break down the science of bourbon in uncomplicated terms as this lavishly-illustrated book does.

A university professor for 50 years, Dr. Tim Berra has developed this authoritative guidebook on all things bourbon in a straightforward, easy to understand format. Berra answers the question “What is Bourbon?” in a style both beginners and aficionados will appreciate, distilling the basics of bourbon into refined sips that are easily consumed.

Now anyone can effortlessly become more informed by reading Bourbon: What the Educated Drinker Should Know and gain a better understanding of this All-American beverage. Knowledge enhances enjoyment!


Tim M. Berra received a PhD in biology from Tulane University and is academy professor and professor emeritus of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology at The Ohio State University.

He is a three-time recipient of Fulbright Fellowships to Australia and the author of eight books and more than 85 scientific papers.

He is an executive bourbon steward and a member of the Stave & Thief Society (the official bourbon education course of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association). Tim currently has about 150 whiskeys in his glass menagerie.

Tim and his wife of 52 years, Rita, live on a 20-acre wooded property in Amish country near Bellville, Ohio.


“A concise, yet thorough summary of bourbon facts and history. Bourbon: What the Educated Drinker Should Know would certainly be the recommended text for Bourbon 101.”
— Susan Reigler, contributing writer, Bourbon+ and American Whiskey Magazine and co-author of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook

“Bourbon drinkers could not ask for a better guide to the history and science behind their favorite dram. Tim Berra’s experience as a college professor serves him — and us — well. Clearly, intelligently explained, ‘Bourbon’ is a great introduction to the category.”
— Clay Risen, author, American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit and Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland

“There are many books on the subject of Bourbon, but this one by Tim Berra should be everyone’s FIRST.”
—  Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Distillery’s Whiskey Professor and author, Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

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