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Toast To The First Amendment!

In conjunction with the White House Correspondents Dinner Friday was the inaugural Toast to the First Amendment! Here, Distilled Spirits Council president and CEO Kraig Naasz with RealClearPolitics DC bureau chief Carl Cannon, Beer Institute CEO Jim McGreevy and Steve Danon, senior vice president of communications for the National Restaurant Association. The event was hosted by their respective organizations in honoring the First Amendment while enjoying some libations. 

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States featured a rare liquor tasting on the patio, where guests were able to sample some of the rarest and most expensive liquors available. Here, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Ryan Hambleton joins Politico White House correspondent Shane Goldmacher

In addition to the variety of beverages guests had tasty treats, including branzino mini tacos, global sliders, homemade Grand Marnier marshmallows and handmade cocktails from mixologist Zebulon Jones.

Acclaimed journalist and icon Carl Bernstein with the National Restaurant Association's Steve Danon

Here, former Speaker John Boehner's press secretary, Michael Steel, tries some of the rare beer provided by the Beer Institute, including Samuel Adams Utopias.

CORRECTION, MAY 4, 2 P.M. ET: Beer Institute CEO Jim McGreevy is not the former governor of New Jersey, as a previous version of this story said. Michael Steel is the former press secretary of John Boehner, not Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. This story has been updated.