Bottled PROTEST

It happened – the event liberals thought could never happen: Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States. As protesters marched in Washington, D.C., others sat in local taprooms and taverns sipping beers bestowed with names expressing the brewer’s opposition to Trump.

In Chicago, 5 Rabbit Cervecería founder Andrés Araya made a statement by pulling out of a business agreement he had with Trump Tower’s Rebar and creating a golden ale which became Chinga Tu Pelo. The name translates to a rather scathing insult about Trump’s hair. (I’ll let you Google that.)

“We decided to take a stance against racism, misogyny, bigotry and ignorance,” Araya writes on the brewery website.

On severing ties with Trump Tower, Araya adds, “As a company, an integral part of our vision reads that we are not only based in, but also look to promote a strong and positive image of Latin America, its heritage and people. It would be hypocritical of us to sustain the relationship.”

To raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and combat hate and intolerance, Denver women brewers banded together to brew an Imperial Saison with Warrior hops. Crowned Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer, the brew was served at a Denver nightclub for an inauguration evening event.

Back in the Windy City, Spiteful Brewing created its Dumb Donald beer. The label reads, in part, “Dumb Donald is, well, dumb. So dumb, in fact, we named a beer after him. It’s like he got caught in a pause halfway through evolution.”

Spiteful owner Jason Klein doesn’t want the name to be misconstrued as a political statement, however.

“What we have done here is taken personality traits we see in some people, like Trump, and created a character with Dumb Donald,” Klein told Men’s Journal. “It really stands for anyone who has the qualities we describe. Simply put, we don’t support hateful beliefs and think they demonstrate a lack of intelligence.”

Philadelphia’s Dock Street Brewery (woman-owned) has a series called Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Drumpf – three beers “yuuuuuge” in alcohol and flavor. Short-Finger Stout is described as “A bitter and delusional stout with an airy, light-colored head atop a so-so body.” Drumple IPA is “Orange in color, it seems sweet and innocent enough at first but is bitter to the very end.” And Pathological Liar Lager is actually an Imperial Saison and, thus, ale.

Not all beer companies lambasted Trump. Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr., owner of D.G. Yuengling & Son, escorted Trump’s oldest son, Eric, on a tour of the nation’s oldest brewery. Yuengling’s support of Trump sparked outrage across social media, particularly Twitter, where one user tweeted, “supporting racist, misogynist nut-job Trump is the end of the line for me.”

Beer had a role in the founding and development of the United States. It was even used to entice voters to the polls by our first president, George Washington. As a means to sway voters, though, it may not have been as effective this time as some had hoped. On the flip side, they have four years to perfect recipes and devise more satirical names.

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