Blogging at vicmatus.com (yes, I seriously thought about linking that) may be sporadic in the coming weeks because of travel. The good news is while I am away (under the auspices of the Hoover Institution) I’ll be conducting research and interviews at a number of distilleries out West for my upcoming book, Vodka: An Illustrated History for Lyons Press, due out summer 2014. It will be based on the “Vodka Nation” story I wrote for The Weekly Standard—just imagine it longer, with more interviews and more pictures. A sort of coffee table book but with vodka—a bar counter book, really. More news to come as my project develops so stay tuned.