In this column, we’re highlighting a beer worth drinking right now.
The beginning of November is nigh. Advertising airwaves are teeming with ominous messages brought to you by nondescript organizations with bizarre acronyms. And so you need a hearty dose of suds to drown your political cynicism. If the only ‘PAC’ you care about is a six-pac(k), San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery campaigns a suitable candidate.
Brew Free! Or Die IPA comes fully-equipped with a wallop of hops, not to mention its very own exclamation point, so let your voice be heard as you pronounce it’s name. It doesn’t bad mouth other beers, or make promises it can’t keep. No scandals here. Read my lips: 70 IBUs pledged on the label, 70 units of international bitterness delivered to the tongue. Stuffed with aromatic Centennial and Cascade hops, it will have sensual relations with damn near anyone that chooses to sip it.
BF!OD pours from the can a deep gold, like so much corporate lucre stuffed into the pockets of our elected leaders, year after year. Yet it’s far more quaffable than any politician in recent memory. Its 7 percent ABV might just embolden you to re-engage in the political process. You could buzz hard enough to appreciate that if Jimmy Carter weren’t elected in 1976, there may never have been a federal bill legalizing home-brewing signed into law shortly thereafter. Maybe elections do matter? It’s probably just the beer talking.
But after your second Brew Free!, it might start to irk you that less than a quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 to 29 showed up at the polls during the last midterm elections. Maybe after beers three through four — if you’re watching the friendly folks at Fox News — you’ll start screaming at the screen when the hosts suggest that young people continue to stay away from said polls this November.
And maybe, just maybe, enough exposure to this invigorating American pale, will inspire something truly radical: a modicum of civic involvement. That’s right. You could get drunk enough to believe your single, measly, vote could potentially affect some sort of change.
Best of all, after exhaustive research into the letter of the law (read: Google search), I have found nothing on the books forbidding VUI — voting under the influence. So, by all means, knock back a Bree Free! Or Die — or six — and head down to your local polling station on November 4.
Enjoy Democracy responsibly. This message brought to you by People for the Democratization of Hops, Malt, and Yeast.