With yet another cloud filled cold day in the Pacific Northwest, we can’t help but look ahead to a warmer and better time of the year -- summer. With summer comes one of the most epic holiday parties of all time. That’s right, we’re looking at you, Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July is made for sun, bbq, good friends, fireworks, and of course, beer. There are few things in life that will top the Fourth of July, but with a sorely needed President’s Day 3-day weekend in front of us, we’re going to try. In honor of President's Day and our new line of USA gear dropping this Spring, we thought we'd drop some lesser-known Founding Father inspiration to get the Presidential party started!
(1) Two days before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Constitutional Convention threw a party where 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter, 8 bottles of hard cider, 12 bottles of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch were consumed.
(2) The fathers thought the Declaration of Independence was going to be signed on July 2nd. (Too much Madeira guys?) John Adams even wrote to his wife saying, “the second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable in the history of America.”
(3) During this time, Ben Franklin wrote a letter to encourage scholars to find a method for improving human flatulence. Looks like this request has yet to be fulfilled.
(4) So, not surprisingly, Ben Franklin was not allowed to write the Declaration because everyone thought that he would try to slip a joke into it.
(5) Good ol’ Ben also thought the turkey would be a better national bird than a bald eagle because it “would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards.”
(6) John Adams had a dog named Satan. Woah.
(7) In England, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams vandalized William Shakespeare’s chair by chipping off chunks to keep as souvenirs. Friday night stuff.
(8) Thomas Jefferson introduced macaroni and cheese to the USA. And for this, we are forever grateful.
(9) When he was elected as president, George Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery in the country. Cheers.
(10) Francis Hopkinson asked for a “quarter cask of the public wine” as compensation for designing the first US flag. He was never given the wine but nevertheless, we like your style Mr. Hopkinson.
Greatness is achieved by standing on the shoulder's of giants, and if these guys don't inspire you, we don't know what will. Check out a sneak peek of our new USA gear, have a great weekend, and do our Founding Fathers proud.
For now, Happy Presidents’ Day and Cheers!