On April 1 President Obama traveled to Maine and made a televised speech on health care. According to the Portland Press Herald, “Obama explained how (local merchant Bill) Milliken’s businesses, Maine Beer and Beverage and Market House Coffee, are eligible for the tax credit to help cover the cost of employees’ health insurance.”

Members of the Maine Brewers’ Guild responded by assemblying a gift basket of craft beers from Maine which was sent on its way this morning from Portland, ME to Washington, DC. The White House fridge will soon be stocked with:
Allagash Brewing: Curieux
Andrew’s Brewing: English Pale Ale
D.L. Geary Brewing: Pale Ale and Hampshire Special Ale
Gritty McDuff’s: Red Claws Ale
Maine Beer Co.: Spring Peeper Ale
Marshall Wharf Brewing: Illegal Ale-Len and Cant Dog IPA
Oak Pond Brewing: Laughing Loon Lager and White Fox Ale
Sea Dog Brewing: Sea Dog Bluepaw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale
Sebago Brewing: Single Batch Series Milestone Ale
Shipyard Brewing: Export Ale and Pugsley’s Signature Series XXXX IPA

Just by coincidence Rob Tod, founder of Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Co., is in town tonight (Tuesday, April 20) to host a beer dinner at The Reef in Adams Morgan. Details and menu can be found on The Reef’s website.