What The Beer You Drink Says About Your Politics
What beer you drink may say something about your political beliefs, according to one new study:
Beer has a long and storied place in American presidential history and politics.
George Washington famously brewed it. James Madison purportedly sought to create a cabinet-level Secretary of Beer. And Franklin Delano Roosevelthelped make it legal to produce and sell (again) by championing legislation repealing Prohibition. Upon signing the bill, he reportedly said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”
As you may have heard, our current president likes his beer, too. Earlier this month, the ObamaWhite House released two official recipes of its own in a blog post entitled “Ale to the Chief.”
Of course, this savvy election-year move was not the first time Obama has played the “beer card.” In 2009, he famously hosted a “Beer Summit” at the White House to help quell racial tensions.
Beer is also a staple on the presidential campaign trail, with candidates often visiting pubs to show they understand the common man. Similarly, pollsters sometimes ask the question, “Who would you rather have a beer with?” to gauge which candidate has the likeability edge.
Dos Equis is not the first – and won’t be the last – brand to find itself in a political pickle. From Chick-fil-A to Susan G. Komen to the pizza owner who recently hugged the president, the fallout depends on media coverage, the brand’s response, and the political values of its customers.
Last week, beer poured into presidential politics in an unprecedented way when the beverage’s most famous personality – the Most Interesting Man in the World – hosted an Obama fundraiser. You’ve likely seen him in ads for Mexican beer Dos Equis. His real name is Jonathan Goldsmith.
Some Dos Equis fans were not happy about the fundraiser and expressed their displeasure on the beer’s Facebook page, according to Ad Age.
“Mr. Goldsmith’s opinions and views are strictly his own, and do not represent those of Dos Equis,” said Heineken USA, which imports Dos Equis, in a statement seeking to head off political blow-back.
Clearly, the Most Interesting Man in the World, who “once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels,” has created an awkward moment for the brewing company.
As the bubble chart shows, Dos Equis is a bipartisan brew – Republicans and Democrats both like to drink it. So Mr. Goldsmith’s public foray into the 2012 race could alienate a large share of Dos Equis fans.
Ironically, this is in contrast to its corporate sister Heineken, which as it turns out is the most Democratic beer of all. On the other hand, Republicans love their Coors Light and favor Sam Adams, which is brewed just a few miles away from Romney campaign headquarters and whose namesake was an original tea partier.
Here’s the chart referred to:
The only question I have is, when will someone do a similar chart for the hard liquors? I am willing to volunteer myself as a survey participant. For science, of course.