Publisher: Pogo Press, 1999.
Soft Cover, 263 pages, 7 x 9.
The impact of beer on Chicago's history has been largely ignored by scholars. Yet for 150 years the brewing industry wielded enormous influence on the city's economic, political and social development. Breweries, their related suppliers and their distribution networks, including saloons, employed many thousands of people and contributed large amounts of taxes to the city treasury. Brewery historian Bob Skilnik discusses the events and policies which affected the brewing industry and the city, from the Golden Age of brewing, to National Prohibition, bootlegging and crime syndicates, through Repeal, and to the eventual closing of the last Chicago brewery in 1978. Venerable Chicago brewing names like Edelweiss, Schoenhofen, Fox Deluxe, Keeley, Peter Hand, Canadian Ace, Meister Brau and many others are chronicaled.