WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE THINGS AMERICA was founded on, we include a lot of lofty ideals: Freedom. Liberty. Justice. Equality. Democracy. What we don’t focus on as much as we should is that other essential pillar of the United States: beer. Drew Christie, a writer and animator, put together this short animation on how beer was a shared great love of the Founding Fathers, and how teetotaling is at least slightly correlated with being a terrible President.

Our national love of beer tapered off for a while — a recent study shows that American colonists drank twice as much as modern Americans — what with the prohibition and all, but the craft beer revolution has brought America’s favorite drink back to the forefront. America is America again. All thanks to beer.