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Beer Summit: President Obama Cools Tempers With Cool Beers

Beer Summit

AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

To try and calm racial tensions stemming from the arrest of African-American professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. by Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley earlier this month, President Obama threw a good old fashioned beer drinking session at the White House yesterday.

Lets take a look at the beverage of choice for each of these men and see what we can glean from what they drink.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Beer: Red Stripe
Brewery: Desnoes & Geddes Limited
ABV: 4.7%
A Jamaican lager with a distinctive stubby brown bottle. Red Stripe conveys a “Let’s all just relax mon” state of mind.

Sgt. James Crowley
Beer: Blue Moon
Brewery: Blue Moon/Molson Coors
ABV: 5.4%
Sgt. Crowley takes a middle ground with Blue Moon, the most ubiquitous Belgian style witbier in America.

Vice President Joe Biden
Beer: Buckler
Brewery: Heineken
ABV: Non-Alcoholic
Clearly someone has to take one for the team and keep their head. No telling when that red phone will ring letting you know the world could end.

President Barack Obama
Beer: Bud Light
Brewery: Anheuser-Busch
ABV: 4.2%
Bud Light is America’s best selling beer showing that the President is trying to maintain a stance supporting the majority views of the American public.


  1. tito12 | Friday, July 31, 2009

    ahh, i was two for four. I guessed Obama drinking Bud Light and it’s pretty obvious Sgt. Crowley is drinking a witbier. Bidon’s looked similar to Obama’s, but slightly more color and more head and I thought it would be some sort of pilsner or something of that nature. For Gates, I figured some sort of amber ale or something, but Sam Adam’s Light didn’t even cross my mind.

  2. Mutineer Magazine | Friday, July 31, 2009

    Correction: Henry Louis Gates Jr. is actually drinking Red Stripe.

  3. Chuck P. | Friday, July 31, 2009

    Yeah I saw that report that he was having Sam Adams too. That would have been a better choice than Red Stripe for sure.

  4. Manatee Eater | Friday, July 31, 2009

    It was pretty confusing, as different news agencies were saying different things regarding what they were in fact drinking .. but if Jim Koch of The Boston Beer Company says his craft beer wasn’t a part of this beer summit, well I’d have to believe him. Cheers Jim!

  5. Jesse Porter | Saturday, August 1, 2009

    Obama needs to bring the “let’s plant organic vegetables” mentality to his beer choices. He (or more accurately, Mrs. Obama) already demonstrated to the nation that there’s an alternative to just going to the supermarket and buying frozen vegetables. But he missed a huge opportunity here to expand people’s horizons in the beer department.

    Imagine what it could’ve done for the profiles of craft brews if he’d chosen to drink a Green Flash IPA or an Ithaca Nut Brown? Even a Sierra Nevada would’ve been a huge step in the right direction.

  6. JJ Bagley | Monday, August 3, 2009

    Jesse, you are correct sir.

  7. brian | Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    I second the nomination for Green Flash IPA!

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