Not your mother's history class. The Discovery Channel premiered their three part series on How Booze Built America this evening. The show chronicles American history while highlighting the influence that beer and alcohol played on politics.
Dirty Jobs host, Mike Rowe, takes viewers into the taverns, kitchens, brew houses and back alleys where the business behind the politics was conducted. Hand shakes over pints of ale, drunken brawls and friendly brews were the social customs that lead to many a revolutionary movement.
Fun factoids pepper the show's timeline. For example 34 gallons of beer were consumed per American per year during the 1700s, and to be "stiff" was to be what we today call "wasted."
Viewers learn that Sam Adams wasn't the only founding father with a fondness for brewing, Benjamin Franklin also created his own beer, and John Hancock, best known for his signature, was also an alcohol smuggler.
The history, factoids and shocking stories are endless. To learn more about our country's booze-based history tune in next Wednesday at 10 pm EST for Part Two.
Cheers, to patriots and pints!
Image credit Discovery Channel, How Booze Built America and the Huffington Post.