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America's Oldest Drinking Club

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History of theSecret Society of Social Drinkers

Throughout American history, bars and breweries have played an important role. In Colonial America the Founding Fathers would often meet at the historic Tun Tavern and City Tavern in Philadelphia to discuss the formation of the government. Samuel Powell, who owned the land on which the City Tavern resides once ask Benjamin Franklin what they were discussing. Franklin, who was known for his sense of humor and his love for drinking, referred to their meeting as the Secret Society of Social Drinkers. Colonial Americans were about to embark on a revolution and knew it was important to conceal their identity and plans, especially while British Troops occupied America.

Although the Secret Society of Social Drinkers organization may not be as private or as needed as it once was intended for... the spirit lives on by all those who gather to socialize over a few drinks.