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What will Stephen Harper do with a case of beer?

Cases of Molson Canadian roll of the brewery line in Vancouver on Jan. 26, 2010.

U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson will take 24 to 24 tomorrow - that's a case of 24 bottles of Molson Canadian to 24 Sussex Drive to finally pay up on that Olympic hockey bet.

Yes, Stephen Harper is anxiously anticipating the arrival of his American guest. The beer has been a long-time coming.

U.S. President Barack Obama bet the Prime Minister a case of beer over the outcome of the Olympic gold-medal match between the Canadian and American men's hockey teams. Sidney Crosby scored in overtime and Mr. Harper won the bet.

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Had the Canadian team lost, the Prime Minister would have had to bring over a case of Yuengling. The brewery, which is the oldest in the United States, is based in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Jacobson served Yuengling at a recent reception at his home. Those who sampled it said it wasn't too bad.

The Molson Canadian, however, has taken a few weeks to get to 24 Sussex Drive. Two weeks ago, Mr. Jacobson said high-level negotiations were taking place between his embassy and the White House as to who would buy the beer.

And last week White House press secretary Robert Gibbs finally settled his double-or-nothing bet with the Prime Minister's spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, over the outcome of the two Olympic gold medal hockey matches - first the game between the American and Canadian women's hockey teams and then the game between the men's teams.

Since the Canadians won both, Mr. Gibbs had to wear a red and white Canadian hockey jersey at a press briefing. Now, the only wager left to be settled is the beer bet.

Mr. Soudas says all will be revealed tomorrow as to what is to happen to the two-four, as the Prime Minister is not a big drinker.

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Ontario politics reporter

Jane Taber is a reporter at Queen’s Park. After spending three years reporting from the Atlantic, she has returned to Ontario and back to writing about her passion, politics. She spent 25 years covering Parliament Hill for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. More

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