View Full Version : Chicago alcohol to KY...historical oddity

09-12-2008, 20:40

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By John J. Binder
Author - Media Consultant, Chicago OC

"...Unlike beer, which was fully ready for consumption only days after brewing, many hard liquors improve with aging. Therefore, quality alcohol, which Chicagoans had a taste for, often came not from the stills in Chicago Heights or on Taylor street or Division street after sitting for a few days, but from outside the country. And cooperation with Detroit and elsewhere was required to import it from Canada. In return, the local alky was heavily exported, to places such as Milwaukee, Kentucky and Iowa, along with beer that Capone wholesaled to other gangs, including those in the Chicago suburbs...."

Prohibition turned everything upside down.

09-13-2008, 20:21
That's very interesting and more believable than the many contrary legends about long black sedans with Illinois plates appearing in the hills and hollers of Kentucky in search of local moonshine.

09-14-2008, 21:15

Another interesting regional story on the flow of alcohol during prohibition.

This seems to be the original article of the first post info:


The United States Prohibition of Alcohol - 1920-1933
The Effects of Prohibition
By Colleen Graham, About.com