President Obama’s mundane beverage selection at last week’s beer summit was roundly condemned by the hip, politically-inclined set, and as much as I’d love to write a counter-intuitive defense of watery beer (paging David Plotz!),* I’m forced to agree that Budweiser does in fact suck. Given the success of his home state’s Dogfish Head Brewery, I thought Biden would have the sense to grab a more exotic brew. Tragically, Delaware’s native son chose a non-alcoholic beverage – he must have missed this fantastic New Yorker article on Dogfish Head’s founders. My favorite bit:
When he and Calagione aren’t making beer, they sometimes perform together at the pub as a beer-themed hip-hop duo called the Pain Relievaz (sample lyrics: “You’re the barley virgin that my malt mill will deflour”).
*Prospective article outline:
Intro: Microbreweries have become cliche; America needs to regain its working class street cred (think hipsters and Pabst Blue Ribbon).
Body: Does anyone really like exotically-flavored beer, anyway? If you want taste, try wine or soda; beer is for getting drunk (think keg parties).
Conclusion: Most micro-breweries are inspired by Belgian beers, and Belgium is right next to France! Also, it’s in the middle of Europe! Americans still hate France and Europe, right?