Some holidays lend themselves well to drinking. Other holidays…not so much. While you might associate President’s Day with sales at car dealerships and a day off from work (if you’re lucky!), we think President’s Day really deserves to become a bigger drinking holiday. This year, hoist a glass to the memory of some of our greatest presidents (or just some of the founding fathers) with one of these awesome beverages.
Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Thomas Jefferson may be most famous for the Declaration of Independence (and that whole thing with Sally Hemings), but this bourbon is arguably the best thing to bear Jefferson’s name. This small-batch product has great notes of toffee and leather, and it’s actually fairly light on the tongue. It clocks in at 90 proof. You can get more info about this bourbon here.
The Federalist is a Terlato offering that features Alexander Hamilton on the label. Hamilton may have never been President himself, but other founding fathers like Madison, John Adams, and Washington were also Federalists, so this is still an appropriate tipple to enjoy on President’s Day. The wine itself is a Zinfandel that hails from the Dry Creek Valley in California. Get more info about this wine here.
Brew Free or Die IPA from 21st Amendment Brewing
For the packaging alone, Brew Free or Die should be your go-to President’s Day drink. Lucky for you, it also tastes darn good. Clocking in at 7% ABV, this IPA includes Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops, and has an IBU rating of 70. Three types of malts ensure that this IPA is well-balanced, glass after glass. Get more info about this beer here.
Aaron Burr Cider’s Apple Ginger Cider
If you know your American history, drinking a glass to toast Aaron Burr’s memory might rub you the wrong way. That being said, he was an important founding father…and the cider that bears his name is just so freakin’ good. Food Republic listed the Apple Ginger version of the cider on their list of five bottles of cider that were “ripe for drinking.” The only problem with this cider is that is can be hard to find. You can get more availability information here.
Ben Franklin’s Home Brew
Ok, Ben Franklin wasn’t a President either, but he definitely influenced a number of our nation’s early leaders. And hey, he’s on the $100 dollar bill, so he’s got that going for him. If you’d rather spend President’s Day drinking some colonial-style home brew, Real Home Brew has a cool blog post about recreating a Ben Franklin-style beer.
Fun fact: That Ben Franklin quote about how “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” isn’t exactly correct. Anchor Brewing put together a cool blog post that explains that a more correct translation of that Franklin quote would be. Translation? Yeah! Franklin was actually writing to a friend in French, not English, and he was talking about wine, and not beer. A better translation might be “[Wine is] proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” That being said, Franklin was known to enjoy porter, so brew your own or buy a six-pack to honor the founding fathers this year.