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For the past few months we’ve been absolutely inundated with news of the presidential campaign. But I’ll go out on a limb and say, until last week, the media has neglected to ask the right question. Specifically, the beer question. Luckily for us, CNBC’s senior editor Tom Rotunno is on the case, posing the question “Brewing Issue: What Beer Should the President Drink?”

Take it away Tom:

“It becomes a more complicated question to answer when you’re the leader of the free world, where every action and every decision is analyzed. Yes, when you’re the President of the United States even your choice in beer is scrutinized.”

In the post, Rotunno breaks down President Obama’s recent campaign trip through Ohio, where he made a stop at Ziggy’s Pub & Restaurant just outside of Cleveland for a little glad-handing and a few pints of beer. Which beer did the president chose? Well, that’s where things get complicated.

Here’s how Ziggy’s bartender Katie Ives saw the beer ordering go down:

“[President Obama] started to ask what we had on tap and then he just turned to [Governor] Ted Strickland and said ‘What did you order? The Governor said ‘Miller Lite’ and so Obama turned back around and said ‘I’ll take two Miller Lites’ and that was it.”

Later, a patron bought Obama a round of Bud Light, so in reality, the president didn’t actually choose a beer at all. Even Ives was ready to suggest a pint from local Great Lakes Brewing. But what if the decision had come down to the President? How would he have handled such a heavy decision while dozens of reporters stood by, scribbling in their notebooks?

Rotunno taps Tony Fratto, deputy press secretary under former President George W. Bush, to answer that very question.

I give you Fratto’s Important Rules for Presidential Beer Ordering:

1. Go local. If you don’t know, ask the bartenders:
“That way you don’t alienate any local brewers since the decision is made for you.”

2. Don’t order anything with more than four words in the name: “[It] increases the likelihood you’ll make a mistake and then be made fun of for getting it wrong.”

3. Avoid fruity beer like the plague:
“Order a beer that tastes and sounds like a beer.”

So there you have it, presidential hopefuls.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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  • Collin says:

    From what I can surmise, Mitt Romney doesn’t even drink beer. I think that’s reason enough to vote Obama again.

  • Doug says:

    Collin, I started to agree with you until I realized that I, like Mitt Romney, do not drink beer if Miller, Bud, and Coor’s are my choices.

  • Batuhan says:

    I can see why you wouldn’t be eecitxd about being that close to President Obama, because he’s not George Bush, you know, the guy who destroyed America and who you applauded for 8 years while he did! You don’t like anything good. Me? I love being near the guy who is trying to fix America ..not destroy it!THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA! WOOHOO!

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