PULLMAN — After President Barack Obama signed the executive order that turned my neighborhood into a national monument, he stopped to shake hands with folks on hand to witness the historic day — locals, politicians, old pals … and me.
That's where I got the chance to give the most powerful man in the world a very important bit of information: The day before, a certain Pullmanite had delivered to the president’s pal, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, four bottles of Argus Brewery’s one-day-only brew, Pullman Monumental Lager, for a post-executive order celebration.
As I mentioned the very special Pullman-brewed beer, President Obama smiled, gave a look of intrigue — a lifted eyebrow and head nod — and shook my hand for a second or two longer than everyone else in the crowd.
A short while later, the fine folks at Argus Brewery were contacted by the Secret Service.
“We received a phone call saying there was a request for four cases of Monumental Lager on Air Force One,” Argus historian and smooth talker Nick Lubovich told me Thursday. “Our head guy met the agents, put the beer in a car and they were on their way. Pretty great, right?”
Indeed. The whole day was pretty great.
And so was the beer.
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