While the guys I speak of weren't exactly the Founding Fathers of the U.S. of A., two of them—Sam Calagione, founder of Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery, and Tom Kehoe, of Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia—could at least be counted among the Founding Fathers of America's craft beer movement. Since 1995, Calagione has been celebrated as more than just a brewer: He's an archeologist and an inventor, the Ben Franklin of Beer, whose goal has always been not just to brew great IPAs, pilsners, and stouts (as well as about a hundred other beers), but to incorporate a liberal dose of technique, history, and experimentation into each and every beer he makes. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, about two hours north from Dogfish Head's Milton, Delaware headquarters, Kehoe, a former wrestler turned brewer, has carved out a name for himself recreating (and vastly improving) Colonial-era beers with names like Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale, and Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce, all of which are served at the City Tavern, the Philadelphia bar that first opened in 1773. "When you think of historic colonial beer, you think of Yards, and when you think of crazy historic beers, you think of Sam," Kehoe told me. And while there wasn't a President Jefferson or John Adams in attendance, our flip beer circle was given some potent political heft thanks to the presence of Delaware Governor Jack Markell—an old friend of Calagione's—and First Lady Carla Markell, who arrived with a cadre of secret service agents, and who went from an intimidating political power couple to two amiable drinking companions almost as soon as they arrived.