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Beer choice at Obama meeting touches off new debate




You have got to be kidding me. Do you really expect me to believe that Obama is a beer drinker?



The upcoming White House meeting with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the Cambridge police officer who arrested him earlier this month appears to have touched off a fresh debate all on its own: what kind of beer should be served?

Earlier this week the White House indicated each man would drink the beer of their choice — Bud Light for President Obama, Blue Moon for the police officer, and perhaps Red Stripe or Beck’s for Gates.

But one Massachusetts congressman thinks another beer entirely should be served: Boston’s own Sam Adams.

In a letter to Obama dated Wednesday, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal strongly urges the president not to drink Budweiser, now owned by a Belgian company. Nor should the White House consider serving Miller or Coors, Neal writes, both owned by a United Kingdom conglomerate.

Instead, the White House should serve the three men — all with ties to Massachusetts — the local favorite, not only because of its popularity in the region but also because it remains the largest American-owned and brewed beer, Neal says.

But Sam Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch told NPR if it was up to him he would make a special beer just for the event.

“I’d make a blend of ingredients from all over the world. Which is certainly what’s represented there with the three participants,” he said. “I would blend those ingredients together artfully and harmoniously, because that’s really what we all hope for.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports other Massachusetts-based beer companies are also hoping to get their product a space at the high-profile meeting.

Dan Kenary, president of Harpoon Brewery, told the paper they are working every “back-door channel” the company has.

“We’d love to be the beer at this event,” Kenary said.

At least officer Crowley has some beer appreciation. Blue Moon is pretty good stuff. It’s an American brewed, unfiltered Belgian wheat style brew. Decently full flavored, without leaning too far in either the hops or malt directions, with a light citrus zest. I’ve got some in the fridge right now actually.

Red Stripe for Imavictimofracism Gates? How apt. How Black Powered. Red Stripe is imported from Jamaica. Give it a “C-” for taste, but it has a fairly high alcohol level at any rate.

And a Bud Light for His Oneness. See? I was right. Obama isn’t a beer drinker at all.

If Sam Adams wants to make up a special “peace beer”, go for it. I’d suggest taking their best beer, their Black Lager, and making it about twice as rich, so it compares to any other run of the mill euro-brew. And get the booze level up to where it ought to be. I like Sammies, but they have no kick. Their Honey Brown is pretty drinkable too, but it isn’t anywhere close to a Newcastle Brown.

And this ... this is news. Snooze!


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