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What was on tap at the ‘Suds Summit’?

Post by Cheryl Tucker on July 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
July 30, 2009 5:45 pm

The White House “Suds Summit” is over, and the speculation is rampant over its deeper meaning, if any.

Among beer fans, however, the discussion is over the participants’ drinks of choice – and what they would have chosen if given the chance.

NPR consulted Atlanta beer expert Matt Simpson on the subject. Here’s his perspective.

Bud Light (President Obama’s choice): “Bud Light is considered a ‘lawn mower’ beer, perfect for after mowing the lawn or when you get home from work. It’s one step up from a nice, tall glass of ice water . . . “

Red Stripe (Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s choice) from Jamaica: It “is also a pale lager, but it’s an official handmade product, with a little more flavor and flair.”

Blue Moon (Sgt. James Crowley’s choice): It “is also mass-produced, but it’s an ale. It’s a more flavorful beverage, with some floral character and hints of coriander and orange peel. None of these are microbrews or craft beers, but the closest is Blue Moon, a tasty beer that’s a macrobrewer’s attempt to join the craft beer market.” (I noticed in one of the photos that Crowley had a slice of either orange or lemon in his Blue Moon. Beer fans are hotly divided on the issue of putting fruit in their beer.)

What about Vice President Joe Biden’s choice: Buckler’s, a non-alcoholic beer? Either he’s a teetotaler, and there’s nothing wrong with that, or he went the no-alcohol route to decrease the chance of saying something goofy.

Wonder if it worked.

Click here to read the NPR story.

UPDATE: Now the AP is reporting that Gates had a Sam Adams Light, not a Red Stripe. And for snacks, they munched peanuts and pretzels out of small silver bowls.

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