To prove a point some people will argue convincingly that the front wheel bearing on the truck is connected to the catalytic convertor. Obviously that is a bit of a stretch, even if the vehicle is viewed in the context of a unit.

It is much easier to link Mudshark Brewery and Public House in Lake Havasu City, Arizona with the American revolution. Scott Stocking was a bit of revolutionary. When he moved from home brewing as a hobby to establishment of Mudshark the craft beer business was in its infancy, especially in northwestern Arizona.

In regards to beer, Samuel Adams wasn’t a revolutionary like Scott. But his revolutionary spirit was ignited when the manufacturing of beer and rum in the American colonies was threatened resultant of tariffs and taxes.

Beer brewing and related industries were well established in Boston and the Massachusetts Colony by the time Sam Adams was born in September 1722. Brewers and maltsters were well respected in the colony, and they were often quite wealthy.

Adams father, Deacon Samuel Adams, was one of those men. He made a small fortune with a malt house that sold cleaned malt to beer makers from a malt house in his backyard. But Deacon Adams did more than teach his son about malt, hops and brewing.

Deacon Adams was a leader in the Boston Caucus, a populaist political party that gahtered in taverns for debates and political discussion. He also served as a Puritan minister, justice of the peace, selectman, and member of the colonial legislature. Samuel Adams took control of the family business in 1748 after the death of his father. And he followed in his fathers footsteps as a political firebrand.

Adams is, perhaps, one of the most famous of the nations founders to be associated with beer. Robert Hare, a Philadelphia brewer, is a relatively obscure American revolutionary but he also made some rather important contributions to the “cause.”

During the revolution the founding fathers couldn’t support the Crown even though many of them were passionate about English beer. And so, as Hale was one of the largest brewers in the city, his special porter had no competition.

John Adams loved the beer so much he wrote his wife Abigail, his dearest friend, about the brew on September 29, 1774. “I drink no Cyder, but feast upon Phyladelphia Beer, and Porter. A Gentleman, one Mr. Hare, has lately set up in this City a Manufactory of Porter, as good as any that comes from London. I pray We may introduce it into the Massachusetts. It agrees with me, infinitely better than Punch, Wine, or Cyder, or any other Spirituous Liquor.”

George Washington was a big fan of Hare’s porter. Even after being elected president he had cases sent to his home in Mount Vernon. “Will you be so good as to desire Mr. Hare to have if he continues to make the best Porter in Philadelphia 3 gross of his best put up for Mount Vernon? as the President means to visit that place in the recess of Congress and it is probable there will be a large demand for Porter at that time.” George Washington’s aide Tobias Lear to Clement Biddle on June 20, 1790

In light of the role beer played in the revoultion, what could be more patriotic than enjoying a porter at Mudshark Brewery and Public House, Lake Havasu City’s premier caft beer brewery.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America