Liquid assets: Restaurant owners tap craft beer’s profitable power

Liquid assets: Restaurant owners tap craft beer’s profitable power

When President Obama hosted a “beer summit” on race relations over a few cold ones this summer, wags likened the White House Rose Garden to a beer garden. But for a growing number of restaurant operators and their customers, it’s no joke at all to see the once-plebeian drink hoisted in the highest circles.

The beers quaffed in increasing numbers everywhere from gourmet-hamburger spots to casual-dining eateries, trendy gastropubs and white-tablecloth restaurants are far from the same o

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