Very Presidential: US Leaders That Were Good for Beer Business

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The United States has a rich history of presidents that have enjoyed beer. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, many of the most influential leaders of the nation have had strong connections to the popular beverage. 

It is a testament to the importance of beer in American culture and the integral role it has played in the lives of some of its most iconic presidents and their roles in helping promote beer. Those gains then helped lead to what is now a thriving industry that employ thousands of American workers. On this Presidents Day, we raise a glass to these former leaders for helping American craft beer get to be the industry it is today. 

Thomas Jefferson was a passionate beer enthusiast, often hosting parties at his home that included beer on the menu. He even had his own homebrewing setup, complete with a large copper cask and a variety of hops and malt. His recipe for beer was so popular that it was published in a book called the “Jeffersonian Beer Book.”  Abraham Lincoln also had a fondness for beer, often drinking it with friends at the White House. He was also known to enjoy a good homebrew, and was known to drink a particular beer called “Lincoln’s Choice.”  Theodore Roosevelt was another president who was a fan of beer. He was known to enjoy a beer after hunting trips or long days of work. He even once remarked that beer was a “staple of the American diet” and that it should be “enjoyed in moderation.” 

Franklin D. Roosevelt was another fan of beer, famously saying “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, President Roosevelt helped to create the modern beer industry by supporting the passage of laws that allowed breweries to start producing beer once again. With the help of his administration, the beer industry grew rapidly, creating new jobs and providing much-needed tax revenue to the government.

Another president who was good for the beer industry was Jimmy Carter. During his time in office, Carter signed into law a bill that allowed for the legalization of homebrewing. This opened the door for many beer enthusiasts to experiment with creating their own unique brews, which helped to fuel a renewed interest in craft beer. Today, the craft beer industry is a thriving sector of the economy, thanks in part to the groundwork laid by President Carter.

Barack Obama is the most recent president to have a strong connection to beer. He is well-known for his love of craft beer, and even has his own homebrewing setup at the White House. He also helped to create a beer recipe called the “White House Honey Ale,” which is made from honey from the White House beehive. While in office, President Obama was a vocal supporter of the craft beer industry. Obama’s support helped to elevate the status of craft beer in the minds of many Americans, which in turn helped to boost sales for many small brewers.

While some may question his political legacy, there is no denying that President Donald Trump was a good friend to the beer industry. During his presidency, Trump signed into law a tax reform bill that provided a significant tax break for small breweries. This helped to level the playing field between small and large brewers, and it provided a much-needed boost to the craft beer industry.

It is evident that beer has been an important part of American culture since the days of Jefferson and has continued to be so up to the present day with Obama. This is reflected in the fact that many of the most influential presidents of the United States have shared a strong connection with this popular beverage. Beer has been an integral part of their lives and this is a testament to its importance in American culture.

Photo courtesy Adobe Stock. Created in part with GPT-3, OpenAI’s language-generation model. The author is solely responsible for the content of this publication.

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