Bitter Brew

For the last two presidential elections my dad and I have had the same wager. In both contests he favored the Republican and I the Democrat. I remember being on the phone with him when the 2000 results were coming in. At that point it looked like Gore was going to win and Florida hadn’t yet been switched to the Bush column. Neither of us was feeling very confident that our candidate was going to win and we were both feeling pessimistic about the future. So there on the phone we crafted this wager as a means of hedging our bets, so to speak. The person whose candidate won the election would have to buy a case of good beer for the other. Think of it as the victor consoling the loser with alcohol. The brand(s) of the beer is left to the purchaser, but it’s understood that it should be something interesting and worth drinking.

Unfortunately for me (and for our country I would argue) I’ve been the beer recipient twice now. Dad brought up the latest case of consolation beer for me this last weekend. It included some quality beers: a variety pack from Otter Creek and some Dead Guy Ale from Rogue. It also included something from Smuttynose that, while interesting, sortof sucks. I’ll pawn the smuttynose off on unsuspecting Republican guests at some point :-)

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