... ABCNews is wondering which beer Obama will choose for his meeting with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley. It's a decent article that occasionally (intentionally?) highlights such political insight as: "Donna Brazile, an ABC News political consultant, suggested Boston-brewed Sam Adams. ... 'Honestly, I am a wine drinker and find common ground with beer could be tough,' Brazile added." (People can be both wine and beer drinkers you know).
Some possible choices:
- "This time around the president might instead choose to highlight a beer from his hometown of Chicago." (Goose Island)
- "White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, when asked by reporters at a briefing Monday about the beverage choice, noted that Obama hoisted a Budweiser at baseball's All-Star Game earlier this month." (Budweiser is owned by Belgian-Brazilian giant InBev)
- "Gibbs also noted that Crowley told the president he was more partial to Blue Moon." (Blue Moon is owned by South African subsidiary MillerCoors)
- "Gates told The Boston Globe over the weekend that he was partial to Red Stripe and Beck's."
- "Devin Dinneen, general manager of Tommy Doyle's Irish Pub in Cambridge's Kendall Square, the bar that Crowley was in Friday when the president called, ... said Sam Adams Summer Ale 'is a good seller in the warm weather' but that pub also sells a fair amount of Guinness, being an Irish bar. He also suggested Magners Irish Cider."
- "Matt Simpson, who goes by the nickname The Beer Sommelier, provides craft beer consulting for individuals and businesses and writes the 'Ask Beer' column for Beer Magazine, said his first choice would probably a Hennepin Farmhouse Saison from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y." (Ommegang is owned by Belgian brewery Duvel)
In a winning point for the article, it does note: "The White House only stocks American beers, under a tradition dating to the Johnson administration. ... [Which means that] Budweiser isn't a slam dunk either. Some could argue that the beer is no longer an American beer after being bought out by Belgian-Brazilian beer giant InBev, maker of Hoegaarden, Leffe and Stella Artois."
So, according to the article: Sam Adams (x2), Red Stripe, Beck's, Magners Irish Cider, Guinness, Budweiser, Blue Moon, Goose Island, or Hennepin.
What'd ya think?
If I were a betting man, I'd put money on Goose Island or Sam Adams.