News item from the Washington Times:
It's no secret that many of our presidents have been casual drinkers. Reagan loved Smithwick's Ale. George W. used to drink a lot, but became a near tee-totaler, having just a single beer at the G8 Summit two years ago in Germany (don't know what kind).
It appears that at tomorrow evening's Beer Summit, Sgt. Crowley is drinking Blue Moon... a unfiltered wheat beer/hefeweizen with a hint of coriander that is brewed by Coors (actually Molson-Coors) - which is jointly owned by Canadian and American interests. Prof. Gates hasn't decided between Red Stripe (Jamaican with British roots) or Beck's (German). You would think that President Obama would at least drink an American beer. Budweiser is no longer an American beer; it's Belgian and Brazilian, since InBev now owns it. To really drink a pure American beer, you are either going to drink Samuel Adams or a host of microbrews. Why is the president drinking Belgian? One blogger has suggested Towers or Harpoon I.P.A., two Bostonian beers (after all, the incident that started all this was around Cambridge).
you can. When in Kansas, I will order a Boulevard (brewed in Kansas City). When I visit my brother near St. Louis, he usually has a bottle or two of Schlafly in his refrigerator. And one of the best beers in the world is Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, brewed in Lexington, KY.
As far as the morality of it all, as long as these guys stick to a couple of beers, no harm is done. I try to heed the advice of John Wesley, who gave this advice to his preachers:
Observe all the time the greatest exactness in your regimen or manner of living. Abstain from all mixed, all high seasoned food. Use plain diet, easy of digestion; and this as sparingly as you can, consistent with ease and strength. Drink only water, if it agrees with our stomach; if not, good, clear small beer. Use as much exercise daily in the open air, as you can without weariness. Sup at six or seven on the lightest food; go to bed early, and rise betimes. To persevere with steadiness in this course, is often more than half the cure. Above all, add to the rest, (for it is not labour lost) that old unfashionable medicine, prayer. And have faith in God who "killeth and maketh alive, who bringeth down to the grace, and bringeth up". -Primitive Physick, 1747
What is it best to take just after preaching? Lemonade; candied orange peel or a little soft, warm ale. But egg and wine is downright poison. - Minutes of Conversations, 1744
I wonder if Wesley ever got to have a pint of Guinness before he died...
Disclaimer: You have to be 21 to legally drink. Drunkenness, like gluttony, is clearly unbiblical, excessive, and sinful. All things in moderation and with balance.