With a hop in their step, senators leave Capitol Hill for beer battle
The great debate on Capitol Hill Wednesday had a different flavor to it. The third annual Brew Across America Beer Festival featuring beer brewed by lawmakers from across the country took place at Eastern Market.
10 lawmakers competed for the Brew Democracy Cup. Members of Congress visited an Anheuser-Busch brewery in their home states and worked alongside brewmasters to create a signature beer inspired by local flavors and ingredients.
A panel of judges, including media members, restaurant owners, and beer industry specialists ranked each members’ beer and chose a winner. This year Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) took home the Brew Democracy Cup with her Big House Brew.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) threw his hat in the ring as well, teaming up with the Anheuser-Busch Houston Brewery, creating his Ale-vengers IPA. Cruz says it’s good to step off the Hill for a bipartisan night switching budget battles for bickering over beer.
"I was a debater in college and one of my close friends was the head of the liberal party, I was the head of the conservative party, we'd argue like crazy, and then we'd go out and get a beer and laugh. And, you know, we need to do more of that on Capitol Hill," said Cruz.
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) teamed up with the Anheuser-Busch Jacksonville Brewery to create his Orange Blossom Ale.
"It's fun. I trash talked everybody I was competing against today just to make sure they know we want to win," said Scott.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) brought home the People’s Choice Award with his One Eye-PA. The Navy SEAL lost sight in his right eye after a bomb exploded near him in Afghanistan in 2012.