Beer Diplomacy: Obama holds “Beer Summit” at White House

Posted on July 31st, 2009

The Beer Summit

The much anticipated ‘Beer Summit’ took place last evening at the White House between Pres. Obama, Prof. Henry Lois Gates and Sgt. James Crowley two weeks after Sgt. Crowley arrested Prof. Gates in his Cambridge home for disorderly conduct under questionable circumstances.  The arrest lead to charges of racism by many in the media and Obama proposed the meeting to help create a “teachable moment” to address the issues raised.

Although no apologies were given during the meeting, Sgt. Crowley said afterwards  that it had been a pleasant experience and that they had “agreed to  disagree” when it came to the specifics of the arrest in question.

Regardless of how you feel about the arrest, I think everyone can agree that this incident and the interest it has attracted really demonstrates the brotherhood and sense of community which can come from sharing a beer with someone else. Can you imagine them hashing out their differences over a vodka tonic, glass of wine or anything else?

Although we really applaud Pres. Obama’s recognition of this unique quality of beer, it’s a shame he wasn’t able to enjoy a quality American craft beer instead of Bud Light, but that’s politics for you. It was also nice to seem them pour them into appropriate glasses, although we were a little disappointed Sgt. Crowley and Vice President Biden put fruit in their beer, something we’ve warned against  in the past.

After much speculation about the choice of beer, Gates ended up drinking a Sam Adams Light, Officer Crowley had a Blue Moon, and Vice President Biden, who also joined them had a Bucklers, a nonalcoholic brew made by Heineken as he does not drink.

The Beer Summit in Washington of course wasn’t the only one held last night. Beeriety also co-hosted it’s first meetup with BostonTumblrMeetups at the Publick House in Brookline, Mass. It was a lot of fun and we meet a lot of new friends, stay tuned for details on the next one.