As part of our mission here at Why Daddy Drinks to revel in the humorous lunacy that is fatherhood, and to promote the drinking of quality beverages, we bring you our weekly segment highlighting something that should be in your glass. This is The Drink Of The Weekend.
There are 27 Amendments to our Constitution. All but two of those Amendments are there to expand the personal freedoms and liberties of the citizens of the United States.
But those two Amendments that restrict what we can do? Well, they are a couple of doozies.
One is the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. Now, as much as it would have been financially nice if my North Carolina ancestors had been cotton or tobacco plantation barons and handed down a fortune from generation to generation of Busics (my mom’s family) so that some day my kids wouldn’t have to pay for college, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here by saying that we can all agree that putting an end to slavery was a Good Thing.
The other is the 18th Amendment, Prohibition, which outlawed alcohol for drinking purposes. From 1920 until 1933 you couldn’t legally buy a mug of beer, a glass of wine or a bottle of booze in the United States. Of course, this didn’t stop anyone from drinking at all, as bootlegging became a major profession. Prohibition, it could be argued, led to the real birth of organized crime in this country, so there’s that negative angle, too.
Then again, without Prohibition, we wouldn’t have any basis for the great HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” Maybe a few gun battles over New Jersey’s whiskey trade was worth the tales of Nucky Thompson?
By the time the stock market crashed in 1929, and the Great Depression took hold, people were generally fed up with Prohibition. And thirsty, too. No one really stood in the way of Prohibition being repealed by the 21st Amendment, which became official in December 1933.
And to mark the repeal of the most-ludicrous clamping down on civil liberties in the history of the U.S., many bars took on the name 21st Amendment. And one brewery, too, in San Francisco.
The 21st Amendment Brewing Co. is, ostensibly, a craft brewer, putting out a handful of year-round and seasonal beers. It’s also know for block-style lettering and artwork on its cans that depicts famous American people or images. You can find 21st Amendment beers in many stores, including Trader Joe’s.
This weekend, I went out to my Beer Fridge determined to drink whatever was the first beer I saw. I typically keep about four or five different beers around for variety, so I knew there were a few choices at hand. And the one I pulled out didn’t disappoint.
What do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln have in common? I mean, besides all being U.S. Presidents and having their faces carved into the facade of Mt. Rushmore? They are all on the can of 21st Amendment’s Brew Free! Or Die IPA. Few beers will make you more proud to be an American.