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White House releases recipe in beer brouhaha

Obama concocts his Pennsylvania Ave. home brew

On a recent campaign stop at a coffee shop in Knoxville, Iowa, President Obama chatted with a salesman for a beer distributor and found a common interest. The salesman, Bradley Magerkurth, brews his own beer, something the Obama White House has been doing. Magerkurth introduced himself to the president, then told him his friends and business clients call him “The Beer Guy.”

“It’s a little speech I’ve been giving for 15 years,” said Magerkurth, who has been trying to expand his portfolio of craft beer sales across the Midwest. “Beer is like bread. It’s a staple. And I’ve found that even in a tough economy, people aren’t going to give it up.”

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