Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nation's Most Liberal Drinker Stops by Boise For a Chat

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM

A dozen people crowded into the back room of Solid last night to hear a brief presentation from Justin Krebs, one of the founders of Drinking Liberally, a progressive networking club that he and some friends started in New York and now has over 300 chapters across the nation and the world.

Krebs was there to promote his new book, Living Liberally: 538 Ways to Live Work and Play Like a Liberal. But more than that, he was interested in having a beer or two and getting to know people in Idaho. His presentation lasted less than 10 minutes. Mingling, pint-in-hand, lasted well over an hour.

The club originally started after Krebs attended a meeting of the Manhattan Young Democrats and found it too bureaucratic to be energizing in any way. Instead, he and his friends picked a bar to frequent. When one of them moved to San Francisco, they took the club with them and it suddenly became bi-coastal. Another member built a website, and suddenly people all over the country wanted to start chapters.

Krebs said the book is something of a composite of the different ways that the club has manifested itself in different ways at chapters across the nation. The idea being to show that there is no one single way to live out progressive values, but there are in fact more accessible ways than people may realize.

Krebs also told attendees the story of how the Boise chapter, founded in 2004 was only the fifth in the nation, and how a single sentence from a blogger about Boise's chapter became the tipping point for Drinking Liberally's spread across the nation.

The sentence? "Drinking Liberally... Boise Idaho has one of these things and Philly doesn't? What the f@#$." According to Krebs, a Philadelphia chapter was started by the end of the day.

Regular meetings of the club are 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at Solid. Krebs book is available online and at Rediscovered Bookshop.

Video interview with Krebs after the cut.

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