On Tuesday night’s “Late Show,” Stephen Colbert helpfully explained the current U.S. government shutdown with the help of beer—a conceit inspired by a news item: “The government shutdown is holding new craft beers hostage,” per Business Insider (“breweries can’t get labels approved for new beers”).
Colbert has done this kind of skit—in which he shoehorns a bunch of brand names into a short monologue—before. But somehow the deployment of, specifically, beer brands (just when many of us could really use a drink) makes it extra hilarious. Anyway, shout-out to Miller High Life, Schlitz, Amstel Light, Guinness, Heineken, Modelo, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Busch, Busch Light, Natural Light, Samuel Adams, Bass, Coors and Stella Artois. Plus a certain made-up beer brand called “Mueller.”