In a re-election year, everything POTUS comes under speculation at some point, and 2012 is no different. This is a booze blog and not an anything else blog, so I tend to shy from topics that may distract or overpower our beloved subject matter, but I can no longer ignore them: beer coverage in the 2012 election has reached a critical mass. Itâ€™s time for action.
[JIM WATSON / AFP- GETTY IMAGES; Time article]
Letâ€™s catch up:
-Back in February, POTUS Beer came on the scene when President Obama served his homebrewed White House Honey Ale to partygoers alongside offerings from Green Bay and Pennsylvaniaâ€™s own Yuengling. [via Draft Mag, Gawker, Obama Foodorama]
-The topic of Presidential Brews laid low for a while, coming back into the spotlight when he visited Ziggyâ€™s Bar in Amherst, Ohio, and made safe, but ultimately not his own decisions on what to drink. His Miller Lite was a copy of Governor Ted Stricklandâ€™s order, and the Bud Light he later sipped was purchased for him by a patron. Pretty boring, but this same article gave us former Deputy Press Secretary Tony Frattoâ€™s â€œRules for Political Beer Orderingâ€: stay local, keep the names simple, and never order fruity. [via CNBC]
-Half Moon Brewing Company of Half Moon Bay, CA made polling fun with the release of their Alection Ale. From their website: â€œInstead of costing $10 million and being full of hot air, the Alection Ales are cold and delicious every time.â€ On November 6th, their brewpub will be holding a mock election based on quantity of Obama Ales versus Romney Ales purchase. [via Half Moon Brewing Company]
-One week ago, Timeâ€™s White House Correspondent, Michael Scherer, took an in-depth look at Obamaâ€™s beer focus as the president hit the brews hard in Iowa (hard for a candidate: one or two at a time), especially in relation to Romneyâ€™s religious temperance. The article is interesting from a strategy speculation point-of-view, but also reminds us about the Presidentâ€™s homebrew, which he travels with on the campaign trail, and, in at least one case, gave to a supporter. [via Time Swampland]
-From NPRâ€™s food blog, The Salt, a bit more on that homebrewing: notably, though Mr. Obama approves of and enjoys his homebrew, it is not truly his own; the white house kitchen stuff handles the brewingâ€™s heavy lifting. [via The Salt]
Now, I know. â€œWhereâ€™s this action you promised? Why all the backstory?â€ To that I say…
The petition to make Obamaâ€™s homebrew publicÂ ANDÂ the Freedom of Information Act request filed for the release of his recipe (If youâ€™re a red tape junkey- they exist!- the original reddit post is worth a perusal). [via HuffPo, Reddit]
The latter is now at the hands of bureaucrats, but you can still sign the petition! Only about 22,000 more signatures needed over the next month! Democrat or Republican; Hophead or Mormon; ask the president to Free this Information
Let your voice be heard!
Let this beer be made.