So, I’ve avoided the Gates/Obama/Crowley thing because, frankly, it seems like a sideshow the media likes because it is easy and cheap to report, pushes emotional buttons, and captures eyeballs for their advertisers. But, now I’m hearing something that made me perk up a bit — the participants have agreed to have a beer together. But each gets to pick their own beer.
So, you have to pick a beer and the whole world is watching. What do you do? What *Do* You Do? I’ve heard that the beers will break down as follow:
Obama: Bud Light
Gates: Red Stripe
Crowley: Blue Moon
Hoo boy. Cheap (but not cheap enough), mass produced Belgian-Brazilian swill; expensive Jamaican swill; and a fruity beer. Perhaps I’ve been overly optimistic when I’ve dismissed cries about the fall of society.
In my mind, there are two ways to go with this decision — and, really, it’s a fork in the road that presents itself when I’m making my beer selections as well. Either you go full on with the cheap swill factor, or you pick a really finely crafted beer. On the one hand, you get value & volume. On the other hand, you get quality. All of these gentlemen have made selections which provides none of these virtues.
Really, is there a real difference between Natural Light and Bud Light other than the price and advertising? And, while I enjoy the occasional Natural Light, if I were the President, I’d feel a need to avoid picking something brewed by a Belgian/Brazilian conglomerate. As long as you’re down in the swill, go with something more or less American like Old Milwaukee, Pabst, or — Chicago boy that he is — Old Style. (Or Yuengling if the Pabst brewing company’s use of other brewer’s production facilities is a disqualification).
And, if quality is what you’re gunning for, pick up a nice craft brew. I’m a Hoosier, so I’d go for something from 3 Floyds or Oaken Barrel or the Lafayette Brewing Co. Surely there is something nice in their localities.
Bud Light. Pah! And, here I thought Obama was our *cool* President.