Monday, August 2, 2010

Goose Island 312 used to pay off a wager

Dear Readers, please step back in time with me. Back to a time when the 2010 World Cup was still occupying TV screens and headlines across the globe, back to Saturday, June 26, 2010. It was on that date that President Obama paid off his wager to British Prime Minister Cameron, a wager that involved beer. Not just any beer, but one of my personal favorites: Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale. You see, the bet revolved around the big June 12th USA versus ENGLAND World Cup match (here is a match advertisement clip, courtesy of ESPN via YouTube: 2010 FIFA World CUP: Glory (ENGLAND vs. USA)).

President Obama would be betting on USA and British Prime Minister Cameron would be betting on surprise. When the game ended in a tie, thanks to the infamous England Goal Keeper Robert Green's "own goal"(as seen here in a Lego Version of the highlights of the game: USA vs. ENGLAND in Lego), both Obama and Cameron ended up honoring their end of the bet. As President Barack Obama explains:
And since it ended in a tie, we are exchanging -- and paying off our debts at the same time -- this is Goose Island 312 beer from my hometown of Chicago.

What did President Obama get from the British Prime Minister? The British Brown Ale known as Hobgoblin English Ale. A fine brew it is, but it seems to me that British Prime Minister Cameron got the better prize! Goose Island 312 is one of the finest brews that all of Chicago has to offer and it is definitely hard to find across the ocean in England (from my data, Goose Island 312 is currently only available within the USA). On the other hand, Hobgoblin English Ale is found through out the great 50 States. So, Prime Minister Cameron hit the jackpot! Next time the United States President bets beer on a pivotal sporting game, I hope he gets a hard-t0-find-in-the-USA beer. In the mean time, I hope British Prime Minister Cameron enjoyed the call of 312.

To read more about the bet, please read Lynn Sweet's article from the Chicago Sun-Times: Obama pays off World Cup bet with Goose Island 312 beer from Chicago

Thanks to Nathan Chandler, of Nathan Chandler Furniture, for passing on the article.

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