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Drinking Drunken Presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, & Ulysses S. Grant

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Presidents Day Special: John Adams Thoroughly Enjoyed the Breakfast of Champions

By Matt Goldstein

In honor of Presidents Day, we bring some of the biggest partiers in presidential history.  Of course Barak Obama loves his Yuengling Lager and George W. Bush took drinking and partying to another level.  By the time Bush hit the White House however, he’d been sober for about 15 years.  Bush and Obama might have had some drinks, but they couldn’t hold their liquor next to these heavyweights.  We bring you Geroge Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant.   

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General & President George Washington:

For his presidential inauguration, George Washington ordered 12 barrels of rum from the Appleton Rum estate in Jamaica.  12 barrels!?!  That’s the equivalent 3600 bottles.  Now that’s a party.  Carolynn and I were actually at the Appleton Rum estate a few minutes outside of White House Jamaica, and yes, we drank every type of rum they had.  Washington also had his own Whiskey Distillery which was very profitable. 

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thomas jefferson pic Drinking Drunken Presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, & Ulysses S. GrantPresident Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson brewed his own beer and had his own winery on his beloved Monticello estate.  Yard’s Brewery actually makes an ale with the same recipe Jefferson used to brew beer with.  It’s actually excellent, and one of our favorite beers.   

Beer of the Week: Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

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President John Adams

John Adams was a flat out alcoholic.  Adams started smoking at eight years old and began drinking at 15.  While attending Harvard as a teenager, Adams regularly had the breakfast of champions, beer.  Maybe that’s why Adams and Jefferson were such good friends.  Adams and Jefferson both died of natural causes on the same exact day, July 4th 1826, exaclty 50 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

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ulysses s grant 244x300 Drinking Drunken Presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, & Ulysses S. GrantGeneral & President Ulysses S. Grant

Grant was probably the biggest drinker of any U.S. president.  Most likely an alcoholic, Grant even drank during civil war battles.  Grant would sit and watch the battles all day long and drink whiskey.  Ulysses was particularly a fan of Old Crow Bourbon Whiskey.  Some argue however, that Grant had equilibrium issues and it sometimes made him look drunk when he really was just off balance.        

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1 comment to Drinking Drunken Presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, & Ulysses S. Grant

  • Peter Prasad

    A friend of mine saw Nixon fall off his bar stool at 10am in the Bahamas over at Bebe Rebozo’s place. Perhaps the only way to keep dead spirits at bay.

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