“GIVE ME LIBERTY…”

…But for the love of God please don’t give me death if liberty isn’t available!  Seriously, thank you Patrick Henry for those kind words of virtue, but can’t we just settle all of our little squabbles over a pint?  Seems like the right thing to do.  In honor of America’s birthday and due to the fact that…

a) Most everyone in the country is already on vacation

b) Most of our readers only check out our posts while they’re at work

c) I’m lazy

Here’s a list of beers that every good Patriot should be drinking this July 4th weekend.  Generally we Aleheads choose beer based on style, outside temp, or even a need to get completely blitzed.  Today though, let’s just pick based on cool names and/or labels.   If you’re already bored with reading, you can’t go wrong with picking up some Sam Adams.  Not only does it have a great Patriotic brand name, but it’s also got Paul Revere’s mug pasted on the labels.  What more could you want?  If you’re still reading though, here’s some other suggestions to make it through with the red, white, and blue still running through your veins.

ANCHOR LIBERTY ALE: I know, it’s an easy one with “Liberty” in the name and a screaming eagle across the label.  Whatever.  When thinking about Liberty, Freedom, Innovation, and other lovely ideals why not drink up a beer from one of the pioneers in the craft industry.  Added bonus, the beer is fucking awesome.  Now that’s America!

ROGUE AMERICAN AMBER: Anyone that knows good ole’ Dr. Van Drinkale knows that I hold little love for Oregon’s Rogue Brewery.  That said, this beer has a painted American Flag on the label and a cool guy that you just want to high-five right on the spot.

SHIPYARD TREMONT PATRIOT PALE ALE: If you’re wondering if that’s a can of Pawtucket Patriot Ale from Family Guy, you are correct.  I couldn’t find a picture of this brew from Shipyard but I thought no one would really care anyway.  With the real beer – It’s got “Patriot” in the name, it’s got the cool old-school American label (Trust me on this), I say go for it.  On the one hand, the beer isn’t very good, but on the other hand it’s got that guy on the label and makes me feel all warm and feisty inside (Again, you’ll have to trust me on the imagery).  If you don’t believe me, feel free to click on THIS LINK to see what it looks like on Beer Advocate.

Now that we got all the nice Patriotic themes out of the way, maybe it’s time to play into what the rest of the world thinks of us Americans on this most joyous of holidays.  Here’s the two beers that I’ll be thinking of this weekend.  They say American in an oh so subtle way.  Happy 4th everybody!

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