Bootlegger Al Capone Not the Beer Baron That Historians Portray Him to Be

CHICAGO, Ill. – Nov. 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In a city that still takes boastful pride in its beery connection to gangster Al Capone, author Bob Skilnik says Big Al’s brewing legacy is more baloney than brewing history. In his recently released book, BEER: A History of Brewing in Chicago ($24.95, Hardcover, 416 pages, Barricade Books, ISBN 1569803129), the beer historian argues that the real brains behind the beer that flowed through Chicago’s streets was Capone’s mentor, Johnny Torrio.