Distilled in Chicago: A History

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Follow the trickle of alcohol through Chicago’s history, starting with the town’s first three permanent businesses: the Wolf, Green Tree and Eagle Exchange Taverns. Stir together stories from the Peoria Whiskey Trust and the temperance movement. The cocktails that lubricated the Levee District may have set up Chicago’s first gangsters, but Prohibition-era bootleggers changed the city’s identity forever. Post-Prohibition alcohol helped to create vast fortunes for Chicago-based families and corporations. Enjoy a thoughtful guide to Chicagoland’s new wave of small-batch distilleries, which are adding a distinctive note to the city’s well-established flavor profile. From the mash in pioneer stills to the Malört in a hipster’s shot glass, David Witter explores how liquor has influenced nearly two centuries of Chicago’s existence.
ISBN: 9781467152280
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: American Palate
Images: 49
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
David Witter is a Chicago-based author who has written four books: Oldest Chicago I, Oldest Chicago II, Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft and Spectacle and Distilled Chicago: A History. His writing on Chicago has appeared in many publications, including New City, the Chicago Reader and the Washington Post.
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