Expedition of Thirst – Exploring Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries Across the Heart of Kansas and Missouri
Set out with a true aficionado and affable guide to sample a dizzying array of beverages made in America's heartland. Expedition of Thirst maps routes that crisscross eastern Kansas and western Missouri, with stops at some 150 breweries, wineries, and distilleries along the way. Pete Dulin, a seasoned writer on the subject, explains how and why these businesses produce beer, wine, and spirits tied to regional terroir and represent the flavors of the Midwest from the Flint Hills to the Ozarks. More than a travel guide, his book is a cultural journal exploring the people, places, and craft that make each destination distinct and noteworthy.
Dulin shares the stories of many of these brewers, winemakers, and distillers in their own words. Expedition of Thirst captures the character of the small business owners and makers and offers insight about their craft. For good measure, Dulin delves into the history, culture, and geography that have shaped these producers and their practices, from the impact of Prohibition to the early influence of immigrant winemakers and brewers, regional agriculture, and politics. As informative as it is engaging—even intoxicating—his Expedition is sure to work up readers’ thirst to travel and discover firsthand the singular regional pleasures so richly described in these pages.
About Pete Dulin (Kansas City, Missouri & Kansas Author)
Pete Dulin is the author of Exploring Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries Across Central Kansas and Missouri (University Press of Kansas), Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland (The History Press), KC Ale Trail, and Last Bite: 100 Simple Recipes from Kansas City’s Best Chefs and Cooks.
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Pete is a freelance writer with more than 15 years of experience covering food, beer, wine, spirits, and business.
His work has appeared in The Kansas City Star, Flatland, Recommended Daily, Feast Magazine, Visit KC, River Front Times, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.