Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Drinks & Humor

Beverage Writing

Editor and founder, (Since 1998)

Author, Moonshine: A Global History (Reaktion, 2017)

Author, Whiskey: A Global History (Reaktion, 2010)

“Sardinian Wine? Who Knew!” American Spectator, March 9, 2017.

“Good Alco-News: America’s Spirits Business Is Booming,” American Spectator, February 14, 2017.

“American Craft Beer-Makers Set Up In Mexico,” American Spectator, January 18, 2017.

“Warming Winter Whiskeys,” American Spectator, January 9, 2017.

“Prohibition Rising,” American Spectator, December 7, 2016.

“Regulators Chase Cat from Bar and Are Shocked When Mice Appear,” American Spectator, November 23, 2016.

“Angling for Bass, Salmon, and Drinks in Traverse City,” American Spectator, November 9, 2016.

“Finding a 21st Century System for Booze,” American Spectator, November 3, 2016.

“Taking a Break from Hop-Bomb Beers,” American Spectator, October 21, 2016.

“Unusual Drinks (Part 1),” American Spectator, October 6, 2016.

“Congress May Lower Drinks Taxes,” American Conservative, October 5, 2016

“Stanford’s Batty Booze Ban,” American Spectator, September 22, 2016.

“Carrie Nation, M.D.,” the Weekly Standard, September 12, 2016.

“Maryland’s Soviet Liquor County,” American Spectator, July 28, 2016. Republished by the R Street Institute Blog, July 29, 2016.

“Boat Lust,” American Spectator, July 15, 2016.

“My Father’s Day Drinks Wish List,” American Spectator, June 17, 2016.

“Pennsylvania’s Drinks Reform Changes Too Little,” R Street Institute Blog, June 9, 2016. Republished by the American Spectator on June 17, 2016.

“The 21st Amendment Continues to Choke the Drinks Trade,” R Street Institute Blog, May 20, 2016. Republished by the American Spectator on May 24, 2016.

“Got the Wine Blahs? Try a New Grape,” American Spectator, May 20, 2016.

“Nasty Politics May Kill Drinks Reform In Colorado,” R Street Institute Blog, May 6, 2016.

“Let’s End Discrimination In the Drinks Market,” R Street Institute Blog, May 5, 2016. Republished by the American Spectator on May 12, 2016.

“Let’s Free the Antique Alcohol Market,” R Street Institute Blog, April 20, 2016. Republished by the American Spectator on April 28, 2016.

“The Washington Post’s ‘Reefer Madness’ Campaign Against Booze,” R Street Institute Blog, April 4, 2016. Republished by the American Spectator on April 14, 2016.

“A Maddening Whiskey Shortage: Tennessee’s Alcohol Politics Put Entrenched Interests First,” American Spectator, March 31, 216.

“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Right With Irish Drinks Old and New,” American Spectator, March 17, 2016.

“Exploring the Whiskey World at WhiskeyLIVE USA,” American Spectator, March 10, 2016.

“The Government Is Crushing the Wine Industry, Literally,” American Spectator, February 26, 2016.

“The Resurgence of Irish Whiskey,” American Spectator, February 19, 2016.

“How Manhattan Made a Mockery of Prohibition,” American Spectator, February 4, 2016.

“Liberated Women and Great Cocktails: Thank You, Prohibition,” American Spectator, December 10, 2015.

“Should We Be Worried About the Big Beer Merger?” R Street Institute Blog, November 25, 2015. Republished by the American Spectator, on December 7, 2015.

“A New Gin for a New Century,” American Spectator, November 12, 2015.

“Gin and Regulation: A Lesson in a Bottle,” American Spectator, October 29, 2015.

“Free America’s Drinks Market!” R Street Institute Blog, May 28, 2015.

Review of Dennis Pogue, Founding Spirits: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry (Harbour Books, 2011), The Weekly Standard, June 4, 2012.

“The Scots Are Coming,”, March 29, 2012.

“Chasing Whiskey,”, October 18, 2011.

“Let It Flow: Chipping Away at the Three-Tier Alcohol System,” American Enterprise Institute blog, July 18, 2011.

“The Mint Julep and Derby Day,”, May 7, 2011.

Review of Daniel Okrent, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner, 2010), The Weekly Standard, January 31, 2011.

“The Wet, the Dry, and the Ugly,” (on Prohibition) The Smart Set, December 3, 2010.

Review of Iain Gately, Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol (New York: Gotham Books, 2008), The American, January 21, 2009.

“Whiskey Galore,” (article on the Kentucky Bourbon Festival) The American, October 8, 2008.

“Vodka in America,” and “Hard Cider,” in Andrew F. Smith, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).

“F. Sot Fitzgerald’s Booze Column,” New York Hangover, August 2000-January 2002.

“F. Sot Fitzgerald’s Booze Column,” New York Hangover, October 1999-July 2000.

“The Abbey,” “Alfama,” “Whiskey Ward,” and “Under the Volcano,” CitySearchNewYork, August 2000-November 2000.

Assorted Beverage Pieces, New York Press, January 1999-November 2000.

“F. Sot Fitzgerald’s Booze Column,” New York Hangover, February 1999-September 1999.

My Restaurant Reviews

Humor Writing:

Co-Founder/Co-Editor/Writer, Bully Magazine, 1998-2003 (with Ken Wohlrob)

“Consolidating for a Better Tomorrow: Memorandum to Employees,” Bully Magazine, July 30, 1998.

“Come to Chicago…” (with Sean D. Huntington) The Plague, 1995.

“Fear, Loathing, Booze, But Mostly Fear in Atlantic City,” (with Sean D. Huntington) The Plague, 1995.

“Fear and Loathing in Las Quantas Physicas,” The Plague, 1994.

Other Writing

How to Play Chess booklet, (New York: Chess-In-the-Schools, 1996/1997).