The Field Guide to Drinking in America

The Field Guide to Drinking in America

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“A fun, lighthearted look at booze rules in the country. . . . It was an excellent match with a dram of whiskey.” –Washington Post

America’s alcohol laws are confusing: What’s true for one state is rarely true for its neighbor. In The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws, author Niki Ganong expertly blends an overview of each state’s alcohol-related history with the current laws of the land.

Find out when bars make last call. Know how packaged liquor, beer, and wine are sold in all fifty states and in Washington, D.C. Plan ahead for the Sunday “blue laws” that still exist in twelve states. Whether you’re a thirsty armchair traveler or a road tripper, The Field Guide to Drinking in America will keep you informed and entertained.

“From drinking moonshine in West Virginia to hitting every street in the U.S. that allows open containers, your life list just got a whole lot more fun.”OutsideOnline.com

“This book is the puzzle piece that has long been missing from drinking in America. A joy to read and an impressive mountain of knowledge to unearth.” Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

“If you love to think and drink as much as I do—this book is for you. Loads of history and interesting and useful cultural tidbits about booze and boozing it up red, white, and blue style.” – Liz Crain, co-author of Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull and author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland


Softcover book featuring 214 full-color pages, and 51 maps. ISBN 978-0983491729

Niki Ganong is a food and drink writer from Portland, Oregon. She is a frequent contributor to epicurean publications and wrote this book due to the difficulties she encountered in getting a drink while traveling. The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler’s Handbook to State Liquor Laws is her first book.