Let’s Play Beer Detective: What Kind of Beer Did Obama Share with Dakota Meyer?

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I’ll admit that this is a bit obsessive, but our reader Alex got the wheels turning in my head and now they won’t stop.

I made a half-joking  comment on the “Heroes get Beer” post that I hoped the beer Obama shared with Dakota Meyers was at least an Imperial Pilsner, and Alex said that was actually possible based on the lacing left on the glass.  This got me to wondering what else we might be able to glean from the official White House photo, so I did what anyone with OCD and Photoshop would do and found the biggest image available online and enhanced it. 

First off, good call on the lacing, Alex.  That’s definitely not a Bud and probably not a White House home brew (I recall hearing they have brewed their own in the past).  The color lends itself to a lager or a pilsner, one that’s very clingy.  Can anybody else tease any other clues from the picture above? Any guesses what the beer might be?

Also, the beer you see is the one in front of the President.  I chose it because the lacing was very clear on the top.  Looking at it closely, I think it shows that our Commander in Chief likes his beer – that’s a pretty hearty first sip.

Anything else jump out at you here (besides the fact that I need a life)?

As always, let us know below!


Update: Bud Light has been ruled out! I’m happy to know that the White House doesn’t serve that crap! Thanks to FatCatKC for the intel.

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26 Comments on “Let’s Play Beer Detective: What Kind of Beer Did Obama Share with Dakota Meyer?”

  1. September 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Isn’t the Commander in Chief a Yuengling fan? Looks like a lot of lacing, but it was just the first sip and maybe it got hit with too much CO2.

    • September 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      Can’t we dream, Slouch? Can’t we dream?

      • September 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

        He’s at least aware of Yuengling, he used it to settle a hockey bet last year: http://goo.gl/NDkX

        I hope it’s not Goose, don’t want to see more of our tax dollars going into InBev coffers…

        • September 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

          You mean MORE of our tax dollars…

          Besides, when they put them in there, they come right back as donations. It’s kinda like money laundering!

    • September 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

      My first thought was Yuengling.

  2. Angela Arp
    September 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I thought he was a Goose Island fan?

    • September 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

      I’m hoping it’s at least something like that.

  3. Don
    September 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    He’s from Chicago, could be a Goose Island offering? For some reason when you said Imperial Pilsner I immediately thought of Joe’s Pilsner from Avery. That would be a ver good beer choice!

  4. September 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    It has got to be something from Goose, he is always showing of his love for 312. http://www.gooseisland.com/pages/chicago_sun_times_07_24_10/132.php

    • September 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      Cool call, Adam. Hopefully the White House will chime in. 🙂

  5. September 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Glad I could contribute an idea for a post! I’ll put on my detective hat and see what I can come up with.

  6. FatCatKC
    September 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    According to this article:


    Meyer requested Bud Light but the White House didn’t have any.

    • September 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Nice work FatCat!! I’ve tweeted the source of this info (Mary Walsh from CBS) for more info. Hopefully she’ll respond.

  7. September 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    The White House has it’s own home brew. I’m betting they were drinking that:


    • September 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

      Could certainly be a honey ale, and it’d be cool to say you’ve had it, befitting a MOH recipient.

    • September 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      That would be the best possible answer to our mystery!

  8. September 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    I need an answer to this question

  9. September 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm #


    “UPDATED: A White House spokesman tells Marine Corps Times that the beer shared by Obama and Meyer was home-brewed there. It’s called White House Honey Blonde Ale. That’s pretty sweet.”

    Now I can move on with the rest of my day.

    • September 16, 2011 at 5:02 am #

      Great work!!

      I’ll write a post about this right now. Thanks so much for hooking us up with the info!

    • September 16, 2011 at 8:03 am #

      Nice detective work! I’m very pleased with the answer.

      • September 16, 2011 at 8:11 am #

        I feel exactly the same. Very cool.

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