Tied houses, overzealous bartenders, and the creation of three distinct alcohol industries
Speakeasies, bathtub gin, mob wars… we all know the basic story, but Prohibition’s impact went well beyond the sensational tales, and left impacts across our society.
In five US states, you can buy beer below 3.2% ABW in a grocery store, but nothing higher. Seems a little arbitrary, doesn’t it? Why 3.2% ABW? And since when do we measure alcohol content by weight, anyway?