Maine Beers Head to the White House 

A small business owner is sending a gift basket to the White House, after a lighthearted request from the President.Bill Milliken was singled out this month by Obama as a small business owner who’d benefit from health care reform.Milliken – known as “Bill the Beer Guy” — owns Market House Coffee and Maine Beer and Beverage Co.The President jokingly said, “In exchange for this publicity, i hope i’m going to get some samples of beer, ok?”So Milliken arranged for a basket filled with beer from 10 brewers.Governor Baldacci and Maine Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree joined him for today’s official send-off in Portland.Milliken says it’s his patriotic duty to send the President a basket of beer — especially on Patriots’ Day.