Punchy, Straightforward, and Totally Obama

In Kenya, Barack Obama’s father’s homeland, they’ve been drinking Obama beer for months, and now one American brewery is offering its own Obama-inspired suds. Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Craft Ales is now brewing small batches of Hop Obama ale, to be available in bars and restaurants in New York and Massachusetts. The BeerAdvocates who’ve tasted and graded it are giving it straight A’s. Reviewer Damian writes:

The taste was punchy and flavorful yet much more straightforward than the nose. Slight malt creaminess up front before the hops took over. Super citrusy, juicy and fruity. Spicy and somewhat earthy. Beneath the hops however lay a moderate, toasty maltiness which held the beer together nicely. The lingering finish was hoppy and resiny.

Sixpoint brewmaster Shane Welch told BeerAdvocate, “Although we do not intend this beer to be a direct Sixpoint endorsement of Obama, we believe the delicious and refreshing quality it represents reminds us of the Senator’s successful grassroots campaign that positively blossoms each and every day.”

As far as I can tell, American breweries have yet to craft a tribute to John McCain, but the Seattle Times reports that Cindy McCain’s family ties to one of the nation’s biggest beer wholesalers, Hensley, are causing some campaign conflicts. Apparently, Hensley “has opposed groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in fighting proposed federal rules that would require alcohol-content information on every package of beer, wine and liquor.” John McCain has “no interest or role in Hensley,” but his wife is chairwoman of the company and “controls about 68 percent of the privately held company stock with her children and the senator’s son from his first marriage.”

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