Big Beer Bet for Obama, Harper on Hockey Gold Medal Game

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama owes his Canadian counterpart a case of beer.

Obama made the friendly wager with his counterpart, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper before Sunday’s U.S.-Canada gold medal game. After a thrilling game of Hockey, Canada beat the United States 3-2 on Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama had a case of Yuengling, a Pennsylvania regional brew, riding on the game. Harper wagered 24 bottles of Molson.

The beer battle pitted Canada’s oldest brewery against the oldest beer maker in the United States. Molson Canada is now a subsidiary of Molson Coors Brewing Co., a marriage of Molson and Denver-based Coors.

There was no word on when or where the expected cross-border exchange would occur.