Fred Minnick is the author of seven books, most of which are available at his local bookstore, Carmichael’s in Louisville.

Mead: The Libations, Legends, and Lore of History’s Oldest Drink

Mead gives readers a fascinating introduction to the rich story of this beloved beverage — from its humble beginnings to its newfound popularity, along with its vital importance in seven historic kingdoms: Greece, Rome, the Vikings, Poland, Ethiopia, England, and Russia. Pairing a quirky, historical narrative with real practical advice, beverage expert Fred Minnick guides readers through making 25 different types of mead, as well as more than 50 cocktails, with recipes from some of the country’s most sought-after mixologists.

Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World’s Spirit

  • “A superbly illustrated book, fascinating and informed…A spirited look at history.” — BBC Radio Books
  • Time Magazine excerpt: Rum Curious
    • Featured in Time Magazine
    • Top drinks book this summer. — Punch
    • Top food / drinks book of 2017 — Atlanta Journal Constitution 
    • Signed Copies Available 

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey

Multiple award winner: Best New Spirits Book, 2017 Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards Smithsonian Magazine: One of the “Best Books About Food of 2016”

Smithsonian Magazine: One of the  “Best Books About Food of 2016”

Excerpt published in Maxim Magazine

For anyone who thinks they know it all about bourbon, delve into this fascinating new look at everyone’s favorite brown water. With his sharp eye for detail, historical accuracy and modern relevancy, Mr. Minnick’s take on the history of bourbon will become an indispensable volume for bourbon fans worldwide — Edward Lee, chef, author, of Smoke and Pickles, and host of PBS’s The Mind of a Chef

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker (Zenith, August 2015)

  • Finalist, Spirited Awards, 2015 & 2016
  • Men’s Journal: Best New Book for Whiskey
  • Signed copies available at PappyCo.

“Bourbon Curious is a straight shot of smarts about America’s whiskey, served up by bourbon’s best friend, Fred Minnick.” —Lew Bryson, author of Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits

“Minnick takes off at a sprint and never slows down. He makes reading so easy you barely notice you’re doing it. Suddenly you know things, true things, unlike the bar boors he skewers mercilessly. A reporter at heart, Minnick wants to see and do everything himself, which is very satisfying for the reader.“ — Charles K. Cowdery, Author of Bourbon, Strange

Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon Scotch & Irish Whiskey (Potomac, Oct. 2013)

Fred Minnick signs copies of his book, Whiskey Women, after speaking about the history of women and whiskey.
  • 2016: Best All-Time Booze Book,
  • 2013: GOLD, ForeWord Reviews
  • 2014: Silver, Independent Publisher Award in Women’s Issues
  • Finalist, Spirited Awards
  • “The necessary new book Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey tells us exactly why the pinky-in-the-air, fruity-drink cliché has never, ever been true. Forget umbrellas in cocktails: Kentucky journalist Fred Minnick shows us how the fairer sex established liquor techniques, culture, and tastes as we know it today.” —

“This enjoyable book leaves readers feeling a way they’re likely not accustomed to after such a wild, whiskey-soaked ride: enlightened.” — American Way Magazine

“Whiskey Women is an entertaining and unexpected look at the role of women in the spirits industry. They were an integral part of this history and I’m delighted their story is finally being told.” — Southern Foodways Alliance

Other Books (out of print)

One Reply to “Books”

  1. Good day Fred.
    My name is Dolph Shaw and I am the president of the Alberta Scotch Society as well as the creator of The Whisky Book Club.
    We’ve reviewed 3 books so far this year. Davin de Kergommeaux’ first book, Ralfies’ book and Davin de Kergommeaux and Blair Phillips’ latest book.
    Davin has been with us for 15 weeks, Blair for 8 weeks and Ralfie for 0 weeks – our loss!
    We would love to review one of your books with you (preferably) “Whiskey Women”. I think it would be great if we could talk to you for 4-5 weeks, discussing 3-4 chapters per week.
    Our present format is an initial show “The Whisky Book Club” which lasts about an hour, followed by “The After Dram” which is a more relaxed Talking Dead style program.
    Here is the links to all three books that we’ve reviewed:
    This will give you an idea of the types of questions asked and the feel/atmosphere Of the shows. We always share a dram during the broadcasts but our reviews are always casual / loose.

    The intent is to get to know you, be informative for the viewer and to have fun.

    Please let me know if this is of interest to you. We might very well get a lot more out of this than you but it is a great way to promote your latest book in this very odd market.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


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