You've sung it at every school function, heard it at the beginning of every professional baseball, football, hockey and basketball game. Heck, your child might be chosen to sing it at your neighborhood's next swim meet.
The Star Spangled Banner, with its rousing chorus and words of hope and defiance and liberty, defines the United States as no other national anthem could. And yet, how much do you really know about the song - would you believe that the song is in fact ... a cover song? Say it isn' so!
On this episode of the Music & Booze Power Hour Variety Show we take you behind the Red White and Blue, starting with the war of 1812. From there, we travel forward to Woodstock, 1969, to listen to just how far our national anthem has come. And we end it all with the sweet sounds of one of our most treasured singers belting out his own unique take on it.
We also try to take on the impossible - match up the Star Spangled Banner with what we think are the six most patriotic beers.
Join us for some national pride and mugs full of cold brew!
Beers mentioned (note - most of these are from the Bay Area, explained further in the podcast):
- Anchor Brewing Co. Liberty Ale
- Anchor Brewing Co. Liberty IPA
- 21st Amendment - Hell or High Watermelon
- 21st Amendment - Brew Free or Die IPA
- Samuel Adams - Rebel IPA (from Boston)
- Green Flash - Sea to Sea lager (from San Diego)
This episode was sponsored by www.abvmagazine.com - if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or are planning on visiting, check out the only magazine devoted to Northern California's craft beverage community and culture.