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Alcohol, Politics, and no sign of Ted Kennedy.

I just recieved an invitation to attend a "A Non-Political Event for Political People" in Madison, which sounds like a great event. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the gathering, but this reminded me of something else going on around the country - liberal drinking.

No, this has nothing to do with frat boys on Friday nights. It's a left-leaning political social event called Drinking Liberally. (Great name, btw).

[Drinking Liberally is] an informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. 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.

If you live in or near a sizeable city, there's probably a chapter near you. In Wisconsin, there are chapters in Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine. There's 12 scattered across Pennsylvania, including 2 in Philadelphia. And even Nashville, TN has a meetup in a bar that I have tried (and failed to remember) to tell C about recently.

C - remember when I tried to tell you about a UFO themed brewpub near downtown recently? Well, a few years back JP and I visited a place called the Flying Saucer, a kooky beer emporium that has metric tons of beer on tap. The theme has to do with UFOs and the paranormal, but not in a geeky way, but instead much like how The Angelic in Madison has to do with Angels. Additionally, the restaurant is loctaed in a beautiful old building that is supposed to be an old railroad freight building.

From Metroblogging Nashville:

First, the premises. This bar is located in one of the coolest buildings in Nashville next to Union Station itself -- it's inside what I believe was the freight building for Union Station, the L&N railroad terminal. It's a gorgeous building that feels (and nearly is) as old as Nashville itself.

Second is the beer -- over 200 beers on tap, and more beyond that in bottles. It's a beer connoisseur's wet dream.

Third is a bit of a curveball: the food. For a bar, they have awesome food. The beer cheese soup is simply divine. It's a heartattack in convenient bread-bowl form factor, but when you fall over, writhing in pain, dying of coronary angina, you'll go with a smile on your face, and know it was all worth it. The turkey meltdown sandwich is also one of my favorites -- generous slabs of smoked turkey on french bread with avocado and cheese. It's hard to go wrong.

So, the moral of this rambling story? Beer is good, and I wish I had one right now.
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