Written by Elizabeth Gunnison for Esquire
When former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer rolled into the capital last week to receive his Medal of Honor, the 23-year-old war hero’s one request was to share a beer with the president. Meyer’s beer of choice is Bud Light, but Obama broke out the good stuff for the occasion: White House Honey Ale, one of three beers brewed on White House grounds with the help of a beehive the Obamas had installed on the South Lawn. President Obama is the first-ever American leader to brew his own beer in the White House, and he even personally ponied up the initial $200 necessary to buy the home-brewing equipment. We approve.
However, as the Guardian has wisely pointed out, it’s high time that the presidential homebrew be christened with a better, catchier brand name than simply “White House Ale,” which is what’s currently written on the bottles. The British newspaper has already polled its web readers for suggestions. Among their best: Audacity of Hops, Beerack, Obeerma, Weisshaus, One Term Bitter.