Seriously, there was only one thing I desperately wanted to know about the beer summit.
Forget “teaching moments.” Given that Officer Crowley taught the “how not to racially profile” class at the police academy, I’m guessing he knows a bit about that subject. Maybe a long-deferred lesson for Prof. Gates along the line of Jeff Foxworthy’s comment, “When the state trooper walks up to my car door, I look straight ahead, I give short ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers…” Maybe a lesson in gravitas for the President, who told us abortion is above his paygrade, but thinks having a beer on the lawn with some guy (who was breaking into his own house and ought to be thankful someone called in suspicious activity) and the police officer (sent to check on the prof’s property) is worth his time.
No, what I wanted to know is who drank what?
Well, now we know.
President Obama drank Bud Lite. I don’t boil bratwurst in Bud Lite! If I’m not going to inflict it on a sausage, it certainly isn’t something I’m going to drink. Sure, it’s cheap… but doesn’t the President have a few bucks to spare on some decent beer?
Professor Gates drank Red Stripe. This is the Jamaican brand that we were always warned against in the Navy, as in, “Yes, we’re in the Carribean, but do not drink the local beer, especially Red Stripe!” Something about formaldehyde in it. People who ignored the warnings got horrible headaches. Some people claimed that the stuff sold stateside didn’t have the formaldehyde… I have never considered that enough of a selling point to try it. Sir, you live in the Boston area; haven’t you heard of Sam Adams?!?
Officer Crowley drank Blue Moon. Actually, that doesn’t tell us exactly what he drank, since Blue Moon Brewing makes a variety of brews. Personally, when I went to the fridge to check where it is brewed, the version I have right now is the summer ale, Honey Moon, brewed with “real clover honey, fresh orange peel and both pale and white wheat malts.” I don’t know if Officer Crowley prefers the summer ale, the Belgian white (best with lemon or orange), Rising Moon (spring ale), Harvest Moon (pumpkin ale), or Full Moon (winter ale). Personally, I’ve liked the Belgian white, Harvest Moon, and Honey Moon (even if they aren’t still as small a brewery as they portray themselves on the website; they’re now owned by Coors). Neither the cheapest nor the most expensive, just good beer.
I suppose I could muse on what the men’s respective choices reflect about their character, but I’m sure the media will cover that at length.
(now, do I file this under “more politics” or “humor”?)
[UPDATE: It turns out the preliminary reports were wrong. *gasp* Prof. Gates did not have Red Stripe, he had a Sam Adams Light. Oh, good, I feel so much better now.]