Drinking Liberally – Happy BirthdayBy
NYT: “On Thursday night in Hellâ€™s Kitchen, an impassioned discussion of Senator Hillary Rodham Clintonâ€™s remarks about the Bobby Kennedy assassination as a reason for her staying in the presidential race took place in the backyard of Rudyâ€™s Bar and Grill. Across the yard, Rachel Maddow, a host on Air America Radio, poured glasses of beer for a table of friends and debated Senator John McCainâ€™s war record.
Among the regular patrons at the bar on Ninth Avenue were a few unsuspecting tourists. Dozens of people were squeezed together talking politics, drinking beer and eating free hot dogs. The conversation was cut short for an anniversary toast.
â€œTo many more years, and many more chapters,â€ said Justin Krebs, 30. Mr. Krebs was one of the founders of the progressive social networking group called Drinking Liberally that has been meeting at Rudyâ€™s every Thursday night for the past five years.
â€œWe knew our friends wanted to talk about politics and the state of the country, but it felt like that was a taboo thing to do in a social setting,â€ Mr. Krebs said. â€œWe wanted to create an environment where people would be told that politics is not off the table â€” that in fact, itâ€™s what weâ€™re here for,â€
Go read the rest. Drinking Liberally is teh awesome. Come on down to our own Asheville D.L. on Thursday nights at 77 Coxe Ave, the Asheville Brewing Company. w00t!