Unfortunately, this isn’t the start of a joke. As many of you know President Obama has recently invited Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Officer Jim Crowley to the White House for a beer to resolve differences stemming from Professor Gates recent arrest. This Punk has no intention of supplying any additional social commentary, but may have found the perfect beer for the occasion.
Let’s start with something all of these men have in common, that’s Boston (or more accurately Cambridge). President Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law, Gates is a Professor at Harvard, and Crowley is a Cambridge Police Officer. Now we all know Boston has its fair share of great beers. The beer which immediately comes to mind, and most people’s obvious choice, would be Sam Adams, but despite my love for Sam this beer isn’t really brewed in Boston anymore. The showpiece Boston brewery is only used as a research and development facility, with most of their brewing taking place in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
So we move on, the next choice would likely be Harpoon, another solid Boston brewery, but somehow this just doesn’t seem to fit the bill.
This brings us to my nomination…
The Cambridge Brewing Company produces a beer not only aptly named for the occasion, but holds a complexity of flavors that merge together to make for a wonderful outcome. This beer is Benevolence…
Benevolence: (noun) a desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness.
Is this not precisely the President’s intention for the meeting? So there we have it. A beer from Cambridge, complex in its flavor, with a fantastic finish. For me a clear winner for the matters at hand.