While covering the Great American Beer Festival last year, I saw a t-shirt asking the question WWJD? Spelled out that was What Would Jesus Drink. I'm pretty sure they meant the over-21 Jesus and not the baby Jesus.
I hope it wasn't a deadly sin, but I laughed. But what is even more chuckle-worthy is the sound and fury over what beer or beers should be served when President Obama, Harvard prof Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. Crowley should have when they sip suds on the White House lawn.
According to the White House, Obama will be drinking a Bud Light, Crowley a Blue Moon and Gates and Red Stripe. This has the nation up in arms.
Craft beer companies and enthusiasts want to fill each man's hand with an American microbrew, while others want them to drink Massachussets beer such as Sam Adams or Harpoon. But the president is trying to cultivate an image as everyman by drinking Bud. The fact that is now owned by a Belgian conglomerate kind of hurts. Blue Moon is made in Toronto by MolsonCoors and is sold in league with British conglomerate SABMiller. Red Stripe is owned by British megafirm Diageo PLC.
My call is that Yuengling should be served. It's approachable, pretty tasty and has been made in Pottsville, Pa., for the 180 years by the same family. Revolutionary war heroes and doddering colonial statesman probably drank this beer in Philadelphia lamenting Congress' move to Washington, D.C.
What's your call? Let us know if they should be drinking Chicago favorite Old Style, something from Cambridge Brewing Co., a Shiner Bock or some other top-notch craft beer.
-- Travis E. Poling