When Obama sat down for a beer in the White House Rose Garden with Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley, they all turned their backs on the smaller, craft brewers of the country. Obama chose Bud Light, Gates asked for Red Stripe, and
One of the major craft brewers based where I live in
This encounter at the Rose Garden provides a perfect time to reflect on why we should all boycott the beer monopolies of the world.
One reason to boycott large breweries is the union busting, right wing culture that dominates some of the biggest breweries in
In 2007 Yuengling owner Dick Yuengling told his workers, "the writing was on the wall" and that if they didn't get rid of the union he would close the
At the time, Patrick Eiding, then-president of the AFL-CIO union in
Municipal worker Don Long said he would follow along with the boycott, explaining that Yuengling "doesn't care for his workers -- he just cares about how much money he can make."
I've joined in a boycott against this beer, and have convinced some of my friends to do so as well. But it's really Coors Brewing Company that takes the cake for supporting conservative causes and busting unions.
Over the years the Coors family has contributed handsomely to plenty of conservative projects and organizations.
Joseph Coors was an advisor to Ronald Reagan, provided the founding grant to the infamous Heritage Foundation as well as the right wing Free Congress Foundation, which asks the following question on its website: "Will America return to the culture that made it great, our traditional, Judeo-Christian, Western culture?" If not, the
Joseph Coors really put his money where his right wing heart was when he donated a $65,000 plane to the Contras in the covert
In 1977, in
The family's repression of workers' rights didn't stop there. Annika Carlson writing about the Coors' legacy at Campus Progress, says, "Until 1986, prospective Coors employees were sometimes required to take lie detector tests, answering questions about their sexual orientation, communist leanings, and how often they changed their underwear."
In 2004, when Peter Coors, the chairman of Coors Brewing Company ran for Senate as a Republican from
You can show that drinking is a very political act by turning your back on the big breweries. Or, as Carlson says about Coors, "When cracking open a cold one, remember to toast the things that make the Coors family great: union-busting, lie-detecting, Heritage-funding, double-talking and, of course, its beer."
Benjamin Dangl is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (AK Press). He is the editor of TowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events, and UpsideDownWorld.org, a website covering activism and politics in