In the USA, you humans honor your past and current leaders on President’s Day, which happens to be George Washington’s birthday. Birthdays and holidays are a time to celebrate with a beer or cocktail, and thanks to the NY Post, we know what drink each president preferred. In honor of President’s Day, we aliens thought it would be interesting to pair a few of them up with a craft beer that they might have liked today.
George Washington: Dark porter laced with molasses
Lightening Brewery’s Black Lightening Porter
This imperial style porter has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, hops, smokiness, molasses, and tobacco and is cellared for over two months. It has won a gold, silver, and bronze award from the San Diego International Beer Festival. George would definitely approve.
Thomas Jefferson: Wine
Modern Times’ Universal Friend Saison
ABV: 7.2%, Bitterness: 35 IBU
This sweet Saison is brewed with grape must, featuring Pino Grigio, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. You get notes of those grapes, clove, and citrus and it is light and refreshing to drink. This beer is so good that maybe Thomas Jefferson would rethink his love for wine.
Abraham Lincoln: Known as the driest president, he was too busy emancipating slaves and fighting the Civil War to drink.
We’re guessing that he’s always the DD of the group.
Ulysses S. Grant: Known for having a alcohol low tolerance
Ballast Point’s Mango Even Keel Session IPA
ABV: 3.8%, Bitterness: 40 IBU
Mango goes well with the citrusy hops in this session ale to make a very easy to drink beer with a low ABV. Perfect for a president who can’t hold their alcohol well.
Teddy Rosevelt: Mint Julep
Ballast Point’s Peppermint Victory at Sea
ABV: 10%, Bitterness: 60 IBU
A Mint Julep is mostly bourbon, water, and mint. Boulevard Brewing actually brewed a Mint Julep beer a few years ago, but the closest that’s currently being brewed might be Peppermint Victory at Sea. Flavors of Caffe Calabria coffee, vanilla, and peppermint balance each other out. The minty finish would be similar to the one from Teddy Rosevelt’s Mint Julep.
FDR: Gin martinis and whiskey Manhattans
Stone & Sierra Nevada’s NxS IPA
ABV: 8.2%, Bitterness: 70 IBU
This multi-layered beer collaboration aged some of its beer in gin-infused bourbon barrels and some in Rye Whiskey barrels. These are then combined with a very dry-hopped IPA. The end result is a delicious citrusy, piney, woody flavored beer. With gin and whiskey barrels, now FDR doesn’t have to choose between his two favorite alcohols.
Karl Strauss’s 2014 Five Wee Heavy Bells
ABV: 9.5%, Bitterness: 25 IBU
This scotch ale is smoothy and malty with flavors of caramel and scotch. The scotch is infused into the beer by aging the beer on scotch-soaked American oak chips. Eisenhower would definitely be storing a bunch of these season beers around the White House.
Nixon: Expensive wine
Stone’s 2014 Winter Harvest Belgian-Style Golden Ale
ABV: 11.3%, Bitterness: 36 IBU
This beer has a pilsner malt, hops, and Stone Farms Merlot Grapes and has been aged in American and French Oak Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay barrels. The result is a delicious dry ale with malt and tart fruit flavors. Nixon would even approve.
Alesmith’s BA Grand Cru
The Belgian-Style Ale is aged in American and French Oak red wine barrels, creating flavors of raisin, plum, caramel malts, and chocolate. Reagan wouldn’t “wine” about this beer!
Clinton: Snakebite (a cider and a lager)
Julian Hard Cider’s Harvest Apple: Traditional
The cider is brewed with 100% apple juice and Champagne juice. It’s fruity, refreshing, and has a dry finish. It’s a cider that Clinton would love.
Obama: Beer, especially the White House’s Honey Ale
Duck Foot Brewing’s Cali Honey Ale
ABV: 6.5%, Bitterness: 16 IBU
Obama is our kind of president: a beer loving one. The Golden Ale uses Orange Blossom Honey, giving it a refreshing honey, orange, and citrus taste. This would be a good twist on the White House’s Honey Ale.
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