Deirdre Capone
Deirdre Capone
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Infamous Chicago mobster Al Capone’s grand-niece, Deirdre Marie Capone, is scheduled to appear in Carroll and Templeton later this month to promote a locally produced rye whiskey long believed to be the drink of choice for former Public Enemy #1.

Deirdre Capone, author of the 2011 book “Uncle Al Capone,” will be begin her Carroll County two-day itinerary in Templeton on Monday, July 30, with a tour of Templeton Rye Spirits distillery. There will be an evening social at 7 p.m. in Templeton and a “night cap” at The Still bar and restaurant.

On Tuesday, July 31, Capone will tour Templeton and rural Carroll County. She will eat lunch around noon at the Corner Station in Templeton. At 6 p.m. there will be a social and book-signing with Carroll-area residents at the Carrollton Centre prior to a 7 p.m. screening of “Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye,” which chronicles the life of the liquor from its founding and the early bootlegging days under the late Joe Irlbeck (described by director Kristian Day as the local “kingpin” of the rye trade) to Scott Bush, president of the modern-day, legal incarnation of the product, TR Spirits.

Tickets to the Carroll screening and event with Capone will be $10 per person and include a TR Spirits drink, the movie and an opportunity to meet Capone. Information on ticket availability will be forthcoming, said Keith Kerkhoff, co-founder of Templeton Rye Spirits.

Kerkhoff said the Capone visit provides historical validation to the Templeton-Chicago mafia connection during Prohibition.

“I just think it ends any skepticism about whether Al Capone was involved with Templeton Rye,” Kerkhoff said.

Kerkhoff, who has spoken to Ms. Capone many times in preparation for the events, said she’s well-aware of her great-uncle’s affection for Templeton Rye.

“She remembers her family talking about the town of Templeton,” Kerkhoff said. “This really brings things together. This is huge for Templeton Rye to actually have her come forward.”