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Watch an Animated History of Beer in America

America is undoubtedly a little beer-obsessed. The Super Bowl, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, and the consideration of presidential candidates would all seem slightly less American without the presence of beer as part of our national discourse.

Examining America’s early fascination with beer, animator Drew Christie created this illustrated guide to beer in America, which is less of a history and more of a reminder that even revered politicians liked their beer (and a lot of it). Below are some facts about the role beer played in the lives of America’s earliest politicians, according to Christie’s video.


1. THOMAS JEFFERSON WAS A TAVERN REGULAR WHILE HE WAS WRITING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

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2. GEORGE WASHINGTON PROVIDED ALCOHOL AT THE POLLS, WHICH SOUNDS KIND OF SKETCHY IF YOU ASK US.
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3. JOHN ADAMS DRANK A TANKARD OF HARD CIDER NEARLY EVERY MORNING OF HIS LIFE.
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After narrating some facts, Christie reveals he feels pretty strongly that the future of America would be brighter if politicians drank more beer whilst politicking.

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