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POTUS Potables: Patriotic Craft Beer to Sip on President’s Day

It seems that every holiday can be celebrated with a themed craft beer selection.

Mexican-style lagers are a great fit for Cinco de Mayo. Resinous hop bombs or bright botanical beers suit Arbor Day. Christmas has its own category of ales, and pumpkin beers are unavoidable on Halloween and Thanksgiving.

But what about President’s Day? While that may seem like a more daunting pairing exercise, there are plenty of options for honoring your favorite founding fathers. Give one of these craft beers a try.

Lincoln’s Gift by Service Brewing Co.

This delicious stout brewed with May River oysters is named in tribute to General Sherman’s presentation of the city of Savannah, Georgia, to President Lincoln in 1864. A dash of salty brine is the stove pipe hat on the delicious chocolate and coffee notes found in the base beer.

Brew Free! Or Die IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery

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While not named after a president, the striking can art features the faces of Mount Rushmore coming alive and looking for a fight. Bright and aromatic, Centennial, Columbus, and Cascade hops make this West Coast IPA a juicy and patriotic choice.

White House Honey Ale and Porter

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Unfortunately, you can’t buy this at the store, but you can have the satisfaction of recreating the first beer ever brewed in the White House by following the public domain recipe. Brewed at the request of our 44th president, it’s good enough to warrant a sincere “Thanks, Obama!”

Ale to the Chief by Avery Brewing

Coming in at a sizable 8.1 percent ABV, this beer uses all American ingredients and is only brewed once every four years to celebrate the passing of the presidential torch. Ale to the Chief pours a thick, cloudy amber and drinks sweet and nuanced.

Any Beer from Founding Fathers Brewing Co.

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The Amber, Pale, and Light Lagers from Founding Fathers Brewing Co. put George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson front and center on the labels. An excellent alternative to the big foreign-owned brewing conglomerates, you’ll also drink happy knowing 50 percent of Founding Fathers’ profits go to support charities that benefit military families.

No matter which beer you choose, drinking from an American-owned craft brewery is an appropriate way to say “cheers” to those who have taken on the heavy burden of leading the country.

If you want to know exactly what our presidents drank, learn more here.

Lee Heidel
Lee Heidel is the managing editor of Brew/Drink/Run, a website and podcast that promotes brewing your own beer, consuming the…
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