Wood, whiskey and wine : a history of barrels / Henry H. Work.
By: Work, Henry.Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2014Description: 237 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781780233567 : (hbk.).Subject(s): Coopers and cooperage -- History | Food industry and trade | Barrels -- History | Wine and wine making | WhiskeyDDC classification: 641.21
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Need: Why Wooden Barrels? -- 2. Evolution: From Buckets to Barrels -- 3. Celts: A Nexus of Skills and Technology -- 4. Romans: Employing the Barrels for Trade -- 5. Middle Ages: A Surge in Barrel Use -- 6. Parallels: Wooden Barrels and Wooden Boats -- 7. Organizations: From Guilds to Cooperages -- 8. Oak: Wood for Barrels -- 9. Air, Water and Fire: Crafting Wooden Barrels -- 10. Wine: Barrels and Oak Ageing -- 11. Craftsmen: The Coopers -- 12. Other Barrels: Spirits, Fortified Wines and Beer -- 13. Oak Flavouring: Oak Alternatives and Barrel Shaving -- 14. Cooperage: The Bigger Picture.
Wood, Whisky and Wine is a unique and enlightening account of the significant, but rarely acknowledged, function of wooden barrels over the past two millennia. Always adapting to the requirements of the day, barrels have changed the face of the global economy and ensured the safe passage of provisions in times of peace and war. Intrinsically linked to the use of wood and ships, the barrel evolved to become a flexible and vital component of the world's shipping industry, transporting not only wine and beer but also everything from crude oil and explosives to nails and Tabasco sauce.This comprehensive and wide-ranging history explores the many uses of the barrel and its relations such as the keg in splendid detail, offering a new way of thinking about one of the most enduring and successful objects of our age, as well as a sobering assessment of its future. The book will appeal to anyone interested in history, technology and shipping, as well as wine, whisky and beer aficionados.