Trouble Brews Over Prez Foreign Beer Pick

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2009 3:44 AM CDT
American-owned breweries are complaining about the president's choice of Belgian-owned Budweiser.   (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)
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(Newser) – President Obama's next round of peacemaking beers at the White House might have to include US brewery owners, reports the Wall Street Journal. The cooling off confab today will be providing busted Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates and cop James Crowley's favorite brews Red Stripe and Blue Moon, and some Bud Light for the president. All three, American brewers grumble, are made by foreign-owned companies.

The brewers say that the choice goes against the White House policy of showcasing American food and drink, and complain that they never had the chance to get their beers anywhere near the meeting. "I think just showing up at the gate with a case of Harpoon would make them look at us funny," said the president of Boston's Harpoon Brewery. Leaders of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, meanwhile, say they're disappointed the president hasn't chosen to serve his guests lemonade.