President Barack Obama, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley meet in the Rose Garden of the White House, July 30, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

And now, a year-in-review look at beer happenings beyond DC. Today we bring you the first of two collections of snapshots of last year’s national (and international) beer news stories. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, so grab some tissues because Y&H is about to get all “graduation slide show.”

Stayed tuned for the last batch…