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SaveOnBrew Recommends President’s Day Beers
02.18.2013 12:36 PM
President’s Day may not be one of the top beer drinking holidays in America, but it should be. Our founding fathers’ love for beer is well-documented. Numerous presidents since have espoused their love for a cold brew – and even credited it with some of their success.
Beer & Politics In Modern Times
To soothe racial tensions, President Obama met with a black scholar and white police officer at what was called “The Beer Summit.” When Sgt. Dakota Meyer won the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of his comrades in Afghanistan, his one wish was to enjoy a cold beer with President Obama on the White House patio – which he did. In fact, the White House is now brewing its own beer – which caused quite an uproar on the Campaign Trail, forcing the Pres to cough up the recipe. In many ways, beer has made Obama seem more likable and more like “a regular guy,” according to NPR. The President joked on the David Letterman Show, “If the presidency thing doesn’t work out, we’ve got a little microbrew thing going on.”
Jimmy Carter & Beer
One could easily argue that Jimmy Carter was one of our lamest presidents. He signed away the Panama Canal (which we had sacrificed so much – 30,000 men, in fact -- to retain). He ended the Russian wheat deal, which was supposed to lessen tensions with Russia (it didn’t) – not hurt American farmers (as it did.) Then there was the 1979 Energy Crisis and skyrocketing inflation. The Iran Hostage Crisis, of course, was the final blow to a well-meaning, but totally inadequate, presidency. However, the man did have one shining accomplishment that every brewer must recognize. He singlehandedly deregulated the beer production industry in 1979 and allowed home brewing – which we must credit with the thriving beer marketplace we have today.
Best Presidential Beer Quotes:
- “If given the truth, [the people] can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts – and beer.” – Abraham Lincoln (a President who knew how to negotiate)
- “I use no porter or cheese in my family, but such as is made in America.” – George Washington (the first “Buy American” proponent)
- “I think it’s time for beer.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt (who led the repeal of Prohibition in his first 100 days)
- “Some people wanted champagne and caviar, when they should have had beer and hot dogs.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower (who worried, in 1948, that Americans were losing their cultural identity)
SaveOnBrew Beer Recommendations
If you’re looking for a President-themed beer to enjoy on this holiday, we recommend one of the following:
- Yards Brewing Company George Washington Porter
- Yards Brewing Company Thomas Jefferson Ale
- 21st Amendment Brew Free Or Die IPA
- 21st Amendment Bitter American
- 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Special Ale
- Founder’s Brewing Company Red’s Rye PA Ale
- Founder’s Brewing Company Porter
- Samuel Adams Maple Pecan Porter
- Samuel Adams Red Ale
Homebrewing: An American Tradition:
If you’re looking for a fun President’s Day activity, you can whip up a batch of fine homebrew. Northern Brewer Sells beer recipe kits for the White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter.
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