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Red, white & brew: Obama and Medal of Honor winner drink White House homebrew

September 17, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Government, History of beer, Homebrew

President Obama and 23-year old Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer relax and have a homebrew. (Photo credit: Obama Foodorama)

Since his election in 2008, President Barack Obama has presided over a “beer summit,” downed a pint of Guinness in Ireland, and had beer brewed by White House chefs for the first time in history.

The latest news from the Brewmaster-in-Chief?

Obama had a White House homebrew this week with 23-year old Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam war, reports the president’s official food blog, Obama Foodorama. The two sipped on a White House Honey Blonde Ale on a patio outside the Oval Office.

Obama’s White House chefs have been making homebrew using honey from the South Lawn Beehive. In addition to the Honey Blonde Ale, the chefs have brewed a White House Honey Ale (consumed on Super Bowl Sunday) and White House Honey Porter.

Might a White House Honey Brown Ale be next?

Budweiser Clydesdales salute victims of 9/11

September 11, 2011 By: mike Category: History of beer, Video

As people in the Mid-South and across the nation remember the tragic events 10 years ago today, there’s this bit of beer trivia on the Internet.

Anheuser-Busch aired this ad just once – during the Super Bowl in 2002 – to salute the victims and those affects by the 9/11 attacks.

In the one-minute ad – which can still be found on YouTube – the Budweiser Clydesdales traverse snow-covered grounds as they march to New York City. There, they gaze upon the Statue of Liberty and the city’s skyline, then lower their heads and bend their knees to acknowledge the tragedy.

Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company to begin canning beer in 2012

July 26, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, History of beer

Abita Beer cans

The first cans of beer sold in the United States hit shelves in 1935, with the introduction of Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer in convenient steel cans.

Canning technology has vastly improved over the years, but only recently has the craft beer industry really embraced cans. In 2010, the year that marked the 75th anniversary of beer in cans, about 80 U.S. craft breweries were canning at least one of their beers, according to CraftBeer.com. Of those breweries, about 20 started canning in 2010.

The year 2012 will mark the addition of Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company – the nation’s 15th largest craft brewer – to those ranks.

Abita announced Monday that it plans to begin canning three of its flagship beers: Amber, Jockamo I.P.A. and Purple Haze.

The canning technology is something that we’ve been researching and investigating for a long time. We feel confident that today’s cans are a quality solution that will preserve and protect the flavor of Abita,” Abita Brewing Company President David Blossman said. “For many years people associated craft beer with glass bottles only, but the perception and the technology of the aluminum beverage can has really changed.” [source]

Abita’s cans, according to a press release, will be coated with a special water-based lining that will insulate the beer from the can’s interior surface.

Abita will sell its cans in six- and 12-packs, which should hit shelves in early 2012. The canning operation will be based at Abita’s brewery in Abita Springs.

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Craft beer brewers turn to American history for inspiration

July 23, 2011 By: mike Category: History of beer, Video

(Video via Voice of America)