The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock because they were running out of beer
Anyone who has been through primary school has learned the story of the Mayflower, and anyone who has picked up a history book since has learned that the actual events were pretty different than the kid version. One huge difference? The Pilgrims themselves actually had plans to sail south to Virginia after landing on Cape Cod, but were forced to land at Plymouth Rock as they were running out of vital supplies, chief among them being beer.
The founding fathers were big on beer in both their personal and professional lives
Does it really come as a surprise that there was beer on the minds of the architects of the United States? At a time when drinking water was a risky proposition, brew was considered a safe alternative to death by dysentery. George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations during the Revolutionary War (and luckily for them, Congress agreed and upheld the request).
But even outside of troop sustenance, George Washington was known for both buying beer (kind of ironically, it was often English porter) and using homebrewing as a means of providing their households with beer. According to the Mount Vernon Historical Society, there was a recipe written in his handwriting discovered on the last page of a notebook he kept.
Thomas Jefferson, always the showboat, went even further with his devotion to homebrew. After retiring from public life to Monticello, he quickly developed an interest in producing his own beer, right down to roasting his own malts. Naturally, word spread and his brew became so popular that the sitting governor of Virginia and sitting President James Madison both requested his recipes (to which he replied, "No way, Jose," or something similar in his Jeffersonian wit).