There is something undeniably American about the philosophy of drinking a beer. It's the everyman's drink to be enjoyed during backyard celebrations, or baseball games, or while watching moon landings, or simply as a reward for finishing mowing the lawn. It's a beverage ingrained in our national ethos, passed around by intramural softball champions and Super Bowl winners alike. To hell with apple pie: beer is what makes America gleam.
In honor of the Fourth, we've compiled some of our favorite moments in American beer history. Swap them at your holiday BBQ. Pass them along to your favorite bartender. Shout them out while watching fireworks. Because knowledge is power, and as a man named Abraham Lincoln once said: "If given the truth, [the people] can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts -- and beer."