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Just a Minute: Beer Profiling

08/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Doesn't what you drink say something about who you are? James Bond... Martini. Shaken, not stirred. Whiskey for my men and beer for my horses... Willie Nelson and Toby Keith.

As the big summit meeting at the White House draws closer, I'm wondering what we can learn from the beer preferences of Henry Louis Gates and police officer James Crowley. Gates told the Boston Globe he likes Becks or Red Stripe. Becks is a straight ahead pilsner. Foreign without being froo froo. Red Stripe is from Jamaica... It's vacation in a can. Sergeant Crowley is said to like Blue Moon. Blue Moon is a Belgian wheat ale brewed in Colorado, preferably served with an orange slice.

Whoa. Did these guys get their beer choices switched at birth? Or are their beer choices more a reflection of their aspirations? Skip Gates wanting to be more macho. Sergeant Crowley wanting to seem more mellow. Let the beer buzz begin. Just a minute. I'm Harry Smith, CBS News.