“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants to be happy.” -Benjamin Franklin [Guest Post]

13 Jan

By Sydney Allen, MYPros Government Issues Chair,

Greater Midland Community Centers, Inc.

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Beer and politics have long gone hand in hand—since the beginning of America, even! President George Washington was apparently an avid beer connoisseur and even made his own homebrew. Flash forward 224 years to the Presidential tenure of Number 44, Barack Obama where polling questions are asked, like, “which Presidential candidate would you most like to have a beer with?” and meetings consisting of  “Beer Summits” are actually a thing. Ever heard of the White House Honey Ale? Well, you can’t buy it at Eastman Party Store, but the true aficionados can brew their own at home with this easy to follow recipe straight from the White House brewmaster.

President Obama with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley during the “Beer Summit” in 2009.

President Obama with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley during the “Beer Summit” in 2009.

This White House home brew experiment is all made possible by President Obama’s early predecessor, President Jimmy Carter, who in 1978, signed into law a bill legalizing home beer brewing which until that point had been illegal since prohibition began in 1920. Speaking of prohibition, did you know that the Great Depression began during the height of prohibition era? Not that I’m trying to peg prohibition as a key factor in causing the Black Tuesday Market crash of 1929 but…

Thankfully, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who campaigned on the promise to end prohibition, signed the 21st Amendment in 1933 which again legalized the consumption of alcohol and opened the gateway for the now 2,000+ breweries found nationwide.

Democrats aren’t the only ones making strides with the “proper drink for Americans.” Luckily for Busch, er, I mean, Bush…in 2004, Americans resoundingly chose our 43rd President over Senator John Kerry as the person they’d most like to have a beer with. The beer drinkers’ voices were heard and George W. Bush was elected to his 2nd four-year term. Unfortunately, for Americans, President Bush has been sober since 1986 so it’s non-alcoholic only selections for Dubya.

President Bush laughs with German chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2007.

President Bush laughs with German chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2007.

Ever visited the Ronald Reagan Pub? Well clearly you’ve never been to Ballyporeen, Ireland then! The Irish pub renamed their establishment after our 40th U.S. President made a stop there in 1984. There is now a replica of the Ronald Reagan Pub located in Reagan’s Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.

President Reagan receiving a beer during a visit to O’Farrell’s Pub in Ballyporeen, Ireland in 1984.

President Reagan receiving a beer during a visit to O’Farrell’s Pub in Ballyporeen, Ireland in 1984.

Beer unites generations, political ideology and turns strangers into friends. Cheers to you, President Obama for popularizing the “Beer Summit” – serving politics up to the American people as it should be, with an ice cold pilsner.

Join us on Tuesday, January 14 for Pilsners and Politics featuring a lively conversation with former State Representative Jeff Mayes (D) Bay City. Spaces are limited. Register today to secure your spot!

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