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Do beer and politics mix?


Last night during the debates, I—like many people—was glued to Twitter, watching the multitude of jokes, rebuttals and observations stream in. Since I tend to follow a number of breweries, brewers and beer fans, it’s always interesting to gauge political leanings of the beer world based on the content of tweets. But I couldn’t help but notice one particular tweet that came through my feed, from a beer drinker understandably uninterested in such things.

Beer and politics have an interesting relationship—especially in the craft beer industry. With so many incredibly small businesses, it’s not uncommon to find a company’s Twitter or Facebook account read almost like a personal one. The industry’s extremely vocal in many facets of life, and sometimes politics filter in to a certain degree. I’ve enjoyed reading New Glarus Brewing’s owner Deb Carey discuss state politics on the brewery’s Facebook page; the number of breweries getting into the spirit of the election with specialty beer releases; and it was kind of cool to hear New Belgium founder Kim Jordan discuss her trip to the Democratic National Convention on NPR. But, that’s just me. Some fans would rather beer (or, at least the people who make it) be a lubricant for political discussion rather than a participant.

How much political discussion do you tolerate from companies you enjoy?


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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One Comment

  • Blake Achterhof says:

    I guess as long as the political discussion is something I can stand behind and support, I have no issue! I refuse to go to Chick-fil-a because I support equality in marriage, I understand their CEO’s right to his opinion just as I am blissfully unaware of my employers stance on the issue. But there are lines and when financial support was given to company’s speaking out against equality, I refuse to support that decision. Not to focus on CFA, but a company (brewery) would have to go far out of their way for me to tune them out… such as CFA going out of their way to deny my family and friends equality. For the most part I see it as a difference of opinion and that’s fine by me. Cheers, -Blake

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