For better or for worse, the alcoholic beverage is an indelible component of our culture, consumed by frat boys and presidents alike.
A fan gives a sip of his beer to a human shrub keeping things green at the 2009 Virgin Music Festival at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby near Vancouver, British Columbia, July 25, 2009. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden (L) have a beer with Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., (LC) and Sgt. James Crowley (RC) in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 30, 2009. Last week Crowley arrested Gates in Gates' home. UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg
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Boston Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon pours beer over the American League Championship trophy while celebrating his teams seventh game 11-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park in Boston on October 20, 2007. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)
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Russian First Deputy Prime Minister and top presidential candidate Dmitry Medvedev drinks a beer during a Student Day celebration, called St Tatiana Day, at the dormitory of Moscow State University in Moscow on January 25, 2008. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
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Flava Flav (R) and Richard Branson serve beer at a vendor tent at the Virgin Mobil Freefest at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on August 30, 2009. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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