Alcohol has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, even when the healers of history didn’t always know they were distilling alcohol when they made their potions. Some of those potions even sound a lot like today’s cocktails, and drinks writer Camper English has been studying the links between alcohol and medicine for his new book Doctors and Distillers. We’ll explore some of that history with him this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the American Craft Spirits Association has handed out its annual awards, and we’ll have the details. We’ll also get a preview of this September’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and on Behind the Label, we’ll answer the question “What’s in a (distillery) name?”

Links: | American Craft Spirits Association Awards | Kentucky Bourbon Festival | Ardbeg | Gordon & MacPhail | The Glenturret | Woodford Reserve