A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 25, 2013
“How do you make bourbon?”

The Atlantic published in January 2013:

“As I once heard a tour guide at the Wild Turkey distillery explain: ‘How do you make bourbon? You take some moonshine, put it in a barrel, and add a bunch of federal regulations.’”

The saying quickly became popular on Twitter.


Google Books
American Heritage of Invention & Technology
Volumes 21-22
2005 (Google Books date might be incorrect—ed.)
Pg. 42:
(One distillery tour guide described the process as follows: “You put some moonshine in a charred oak barrel, add a bunch of federal regulations, let it sit, and you’ve got bourbon.")

The Atlantic
Whiskey Business
The regulatory ordeal of the American micro-distiller

WAYNE CURTIS JAN 2 2013, 8:41 PM ET
(...)
(As I once heard a tour guide at the Wild Turkey distillery explain: “How do you make bourbon? You take some moonshine, put it in a barrel, and add a bunch of federal regulations.”)

Twitter
The Atlantic
‏@TheAtlantic
“How do you make bourbon? You take some moonshine, put it in a barrel, and add a bunch of federal regulations.” http://theatln.tc/UnRjjd
2:00 PM - 4 Jan 13

Twitter
Nick Sorrentino
‏@LibertyandEcon
“How do you make bourbon? You take some moonshine, put it in a barrel, and add a bunch of federal regulations.” http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2013/01/want-to-make-whiskey-better-pay-the-feds-and-the-state-a-few-times/ … #tcot
8:49 AM - 24 Jan 13

Scene Magazine (Cleveland, OH)
APRIL 03, 2013
Good Spirits
Clearing legislative hurdles is just the first step for a growing batch of local distilleries

by Douglas Trattner
(...)
It’s not just sales and marketing that’s killing the little guys; it’s the paperwork. There’s a saying in this industry that goes: “How do you make bourbon? You take some moonshine, put it in a barrel, and add a bunch of federal regulations.” And, according to practitioners, it is anything but hyperbole.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, April 25, 2013 • Permalink