Somerville Brewing Company is releasing a #ThanksObama beer next week

epa05706721 (FILE) - A file picture dated 23 May 2011 shows US President Barack Obama (2-L) and his wife Michelle (L) as they enjoy a pint of Guinness beer in Hayes Bar in the town of Moneygall, the hometown of his great-great-great grandfather, in County Offaly, Ireland. On 04 November 2008, then Democratic Senator Barack Obama (Illinois), at age 47, earned 365 electoral votes and nearly 53 of the popular vote in a wider-than-expected margin of victory against Republican Senator John McCain in the US Presidential elections. He became the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to be elected to office. President Obama quickly became known as a progressive politician and was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate nine months after his inauguration. However, he faced his share of challenges during his 8-year tenure. The Republicans held control of the Senate throughout his time in the White House and he faced constant challenges passing legislation. His administration is generally known for pursuing policies such as gun control, greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, the promotion of the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change and the Obamacare health care program for Americans. It is also known for a series of historic initiatives in international relations such as a nuclear deal with Iran and normalized relations with Cuba.  EPA/MAXWELLS IRISH GOVERNMENT / POOL *** Local Caption *** 50100566
A 2011 photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as they enjoy a pint of Guinness at a pub in Ireland. –EPA

#ThanksObama has gone through quite a transformation.

The hashtag originated in 2009 as a conservative meme, before it was coopted by President Barack Obama’s supporters as a satirical—and at-times nonsensical—expression of frustration toward “basically any societal ill.”

And now, it’s a beer.

Somerville Brewing Company is releasing #ThanksObama, a warming heartfelt stout ale, in tribute to the outgoing president.

The launch will take place next Thursday, January 19, the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“Please join us to lift a pint in gratitude for marriage equality, healthcare reform, the protection of our civil liberties and eight years of progress,” reads the event page of the release. The event will run from 11 a.m. to midnight at Slumbrew’s 15 Ward St. brewery and taproom.


Caitlin Jewell, who cofounded and owns Slumbrew with her husband Jeff Leiter, said Tuesday evening that she’s still waiting on tasting notes on the beer from her brewers. According to Jewell, #ThanksObama is one of the brewery’s experimental beers, which aren’t commercially marketed.

“Our experimental beers get names that are more meaningful to our team,” Jewell said, later adding, “Our team is incredibly diverse and inclusive, so a tribute just felt right. We will miss him and wish him and his family all the best.”

Just don’t call it a beer summit.

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