Will Obama serve Sam Adams at this week's White House happy hour?


There's a potentially exciting investment opportunity brewing this week, blending a mix of racial politics, political stagecraft, and the kind of free publicity that every business executive dreams of. I'm talking about the scheduled meeting this Thursday at the White House, when President Obama will sit down with Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police, who arrested Gates in his home one afternoon this month.

The brewing investment opportunity? Beer. Obama proposed that the three sit down for a beer, and there's a 50 percent chance that the brew of choice will be Samuel Adams, made by Boston Brewing Company (SAM). Boston Brewing's CEO Jim Koch is a former consultant with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which has enjoyed a $7 million contract with the U.S. for its role in helping General Motors and Chrysler get into and out of bankruptcy.