High octane beer and a little heated debating go hand-in-hand at Drinking Liberally, a drinking club of political liberals that began in New York City in 2003 and since has mushroomed into a 228-chapter organization covering 47 states, Washington D.C. and a few international spots. The idea: “Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.”
The group started with nothing more than a few friends discussing politics at their favorite local dive. Since they happened to be registered Democrats, they came up with a few slogans they thought Democrats ought to be using, then made buttons and gave them out to fellow Dems. The buttons and the spirited barstool politics chats got so popular that the group decided to go national. Not that they went all official on us. The group remains informal, meetings non-programmatic and talks free-flowing. But organized chapters and events have sprouted all over the country.
Says the group’s website: “You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics… Bars are democratic spaces – you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space – build democracy one drink at a time.”
Of course, group members are encouraged to drink liberally, but responsibly and to make good use of designated drivers.
“Drinking and driving is reckless and irresponsible, like a neocon war or corporatist tax cut. Liberals, don’t do it.”
That goes for you too, Conservatives! In fact, TauBu high octane beer is a non-partisan thing. We invite all points of view – political and otherwise. And we believe that hanging out with friends and enjoying a few drinks creates the perfect atmosphere for discussing just about anything. So raise that can of Evil Apple, Wicked Punch or Midnite Berry high octane beverage, voice your opinion and start your own barstool revolution.