I vote for another drink



We know the United States wasn’t founded on Christianity, in any sense of the word. You know what it was founded on? Beer.

George Washington famously brewed it. James Madison purportedly sought to create a cabinet-level Secretary of Beer. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped make it legal to produce and sell (again) by championing legislation repealing Prohibition. Upon signing the bill, he reportedly said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”


God damned good thinking on their part I’d say.Obama brews his own as well, you can get the recipe here. Oddly enough, there may be some correlation between your drink of choice, and your political leanings.


Those who drink Sam Adams, the patriot of beers, are more likely to vote Republican. They’re also more likely to vote than those who drink, say, Natural Light.



Heineken fans are more likely to be Democrats than any other beer drinkers. But they aren’t a particularly strong voting block. Heineken drinkers turn out at the polls to vote at relatively low levels….Budweiser drinkers skew further toward Democrats than Bud Light drinkers…The voters who skew most Democratic while maintaining a high level of turnout drink Molson.


Sweet golly, is there a graph?


One can only hope the bars around Skepticon know about this research.

Are you an outlier, or do you fit the data?




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  • ajb47

    There’s no Smithwick’s on that graph. I like Stella Artois, used to drink Molson, like Hard Cider, Michelob, and Beck’s and I don’t mind Budweiser, unlike some people in my circle. However, I also like Yuengling and Sam Adams Light. So that may capture my political outlook pretty well. Definitely left of center, but *not* Heineken left of center.

  • Wren

    I like hard cider and generally like microbrews. I like Shiner Bock. I enjoy Guiness from time to time. I would drink Yuengling over most of the big brewery stuff like Budweiser. Hrm, I think I’m all over the board.

  • http://www.everydayintheparkwithgeorge.com Matt E

    Lets see… I like hard cider, Guinnes and microbrews, including Sierra Nevada. I never mis an election and am decidedly left of center. This seems to have me pegged.

  • John Horstman

    Hmm, I generally drink local microbrews, unless I have no other options. I don’t see any of the specific breweries nor a catch-all option for them.

    • John Horstman

      I was failing at reading the chart, badly. I am radically Left-wing, and I always vote in everything from our campus government elections to national elections. I *tend* to vote for Democrats, though the occasional Republican or third-party candidate gets my support, especially at more local levels. The clusters at the margins are especially interesting (those toward the center don’t tell us much other than that the beer tends to have an appeal across populations with disparate voting behaviors).

  • Kevin Schelley

    I am very liberal and I drink Sam Adams, but that has more to do with me living in New England than anything else. I actually prefer local microbrews to most other beers, but none of them are listed on the chart.

    • Kevin Schelley

      D’oh, chart read fail… yeah, I’m in the micro brew drinker section.

  • LeftWingFox

    I’m also all over the place. Accurate in Microbrews and Molsons, although my primary drink is Old Speckled Hen. I also like Sam Adams though, especially after an excellent draft Summer Ale.

    • Nate Frein

      I love picking up their variety packs every now and then. I’m never disappointed and usually one or two beers turn out really well.

  • Nate Frein

    Hm. My favorite beer is Guinness (esp draft). But I find Sam Adams to be one of the most drinkable (for me) mainstream American beers (but Fat Tire may be taking that place if it continues to be sold at more and more places).

    • Azkyroth

      Fat Tire is pretty drinkable (I’m not real fond of Boston Lager, though I’ve enjoyed some of Sam Adams’ other selections). It’s nice to see an AFB style getting some play, alongside the ISBD and RAGOPBALI stuff on tap.

  • Nentuaby

    Huh. I wonder why Sierra Nevada skews so high-turnout!

    • Azkyroth

      I assume it has to do with skewing liberal. I suppose for people who are used to drinking anything that consistently hop-infested, “holding your nose and voting” seems like a walk in the part.

  • thorarin

    I skew democrat and vote on everything I can find enough info on to feel like I am not just guessing. The closest beer choice for me is microbrews, but they missed the chance to make an important distinction by not listing homebrews.

  • Sarah

    At any bar that fails me on the microbrews, I opt for a Sierra Nevada. So, yeah, this represents me rather well.

  • Stogoe

    Count me among the high-turnout, lean-left microbrew lovers. Too bad that belgian trappists and lambics didn’t make the chart, though.