Politics & Alcohol
Kevin Curnow | Nov. 10, 2016

Regardless of who you voted for or how you feel about the outcome, election season has come to a close. I don’t know about you, but I need a drink. We at Festo thought it would be fun to combine the two and as a result put together this list of interesting facts about politicians and alcohol!

We all know about prohibition, but did you know that current vice president Joe Biden, former presidents George W. Bush and Rutherford B. Hayes, and Donald Trump are all teetotalers meaning that they abstain from drinking alcohol?

Also, fun fact: Hitler was a teetotaler, but one of his biggest enemies Winston Churchill is well- known for being a heavy drinker.

George Washington’s distillery was one of the largest in the United States. In 1799 it produced almost 11,000 gallons of whiskey, nearly 17 times the average annual output of 650 gallons for a Virginia distillery. While it burned down in 1814, the distillery was reconstructed and opened to the public in 2007.

Not only did Thomas Jefferson write one of his drafts of the Declaration of Independence in a tavern, he was also our nation’s first wine expert! According to a 2013 article in the Washington Post, your alcohol preferences may have something to do with your political preferences. Apparently Democrats prefer clear spirits such as vodka, while Republicans tend to favor bourbon and other types of brown liquor. Wine choices are also a fairly accurate prediction of one’s party selection.

If you’ve ever wanted to brew your own beer, you have something in common with the 44 th President of the United States. In 2014 the American Homebrewers Association extended lifetime memberships to both President Obama and White House chef Sam Kass for their concoctions. You can find the recipes for both White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter here.

Regardless of who you voted for, please drink responsibly. And if you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Festo app to discover new bars and great specials around Indianapolis.

Sources: Politicians and Alcohol Trivia. Alcohol Problems and Solutions. What your favorite drink says about your politics, in one chart. Reid Wilson, The Washington Post. December 31, 2013. President Obama Gets Lifetime Membership from American Homebrewers Association. Kristin Hunt, Thrillist. December 19, 2014. Ale to the Chief: White House Beer Recipe. Sam Kass. September 1, 2012. Ten Facts About the Distillery. George Washington’s Mount Vernon. List of Teetotalers. Wikipedia.

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