There are several reasons why I am interested in watching “Prohibition” on PBS tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday. The Ken Burns film looks good from a purely historical angle. The documentary also points out thought-provoking parallels to modern times. Perhaps most of all, I am fascinated by the unintended consequences of the ban on alcohol. Legitimate businesses floundered while organized crime flourished. The government lost tax revenue while citizens figured out how to make their own wine and whiskey.
I heard Ken Burns interviewed on KMOX recently. He said the series will include stories about the effect of prohibition on breweries in St. Louis, notably Anheuser-Busch. I have an interest in that aspect of the film too. My wife’s St. Louis ancestors brewed Griesedieck Brothers beer.