They were swilling pints of Hickenlooper's Inaugurale in Denver Tuesday, toasting John Hickenlooper, the former brewpub owner, mayor and now Colorado governor -- a Democrat billed as a bipartisan solution in a purple state... Perhaps he'll follow President Barack Obama's lead and call a beer summit. After all, the Wynkoop Brewing Co. that he founded (and later sold his interest in) has the perfect beer available. And the new governor did note this in his inaugural speech, while singing the praises of Colorado ". . . we have the best beer."
That is pretty cool. Time was being the brewer was a means to wealth and power but is this the first US politician to have his first steps to power in the form of kegs of craft beer? How did the others fare? Oh, I never knew that Sam Adams was an "unsuccessful" brewer. How about elsewhere? Samuel Whitbread senior and junior were no slouches, though the latter's trist with wee Bonie ended badly. Hmm. Well, perhaps we can agree on Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton. Yes, there is our example... except for the expedition to Africa in the 1840s that ended up with most folk dying. No so good.
Oh well. Good luck to you Governor.