Battleground Brews – Washington Post Headquarters – 11.09.2016

_dsc5049_dsc4987 _dsc4991 img_0792The 20 Battleground Brews lined upimg_0797With a Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Aleimg_0805Tom Bell (right) and Jeff Cioletti (left) are two beer experts who were on-site at the event to provide details about the Battleground Brews, what foods they pair with and beer history.  Tom Bell (right) told me that the first President to outwardly enjoy beer at the White House was President Barack Obama.  Jeff Cioletti just published a new book, Beer FAQ.

img_4742-1One of my favorite pairing of the night were Oysters from Maryland’s True Chesapeake Oyster Co. and Sweetwater 420 Pale Ale from Georgia.

img_0828Friend of NBWA; Craig Purser, NBWA President & CEO; Rebecca Spicer, NBWA SVP Communicationsimg_0809img_0829With Tommy McFly of DC’s 94.7 Fresh FMimg_4743With Maha Hakki of DC’s MoKi Media.  We enjoyed two American classics from Anheuser-Busch,  Budweiser and Bud Light.

img_4772-jpgWith The Washington Post’s Reliable Source co-author Emily Heil, talking political candidate fashion on Washington Post Live.

Last night was a very exciting election night.  The presidential election was exceptionally close, showing that people turned out to vote and democracy once again prevails in America.

This election season I have shared many aspects of political fashion and style on Politiquette. It seems fitting that I spent election night at the headquarters of The Washington Post in D.C. watching the election results roll in with politicos, journalists, creatives and members of the D.C. business community. Being a part of this event last night was a special opportunity.

Throughout the evening guests received live updates and commentary about the election.  Many of the Washington Post’s esteemed contributors including James Hohmann who writes The Daily 202 and opinion columnists Catherine Rampell, EJ Dionne and Jennifer Rubin were a part of the lineup for the evening. The event was filled with great energy and people of all political persuasions were in attendance.

Thematic with the evening, a curated selection of “Battleground Brews” was available for guests to enjoy.  20 different beers from some of the most contentious states on the electoral map were featured.  Part of what makes America a great nation is our diversity.  The selection of beers provided by the National Beer Wholesalers Association was equally representative.

IPAs, Pale Ales, Stouts and many more styles of beer were available.  Similar to the choices voters had on their ballots, people had multiple options when it came to a choice of beer.  I personally enjoyed having the ability to try many of the beverages with meal pairings from local chefs and restaurants to experience the great flavor and texture of the beer.  As someone who has a great appreciation for style, learning about “beer style” was one of the highlights I was able to experience at the event.

Even though the election is over, you can try all of the battleground brews for yourself.  I have included a full list below.  You may also learn more about beer style here.

To see more coverage of the election night event you can follow the hashtags: #WPELectionNight #BattlegroundBrews #RedWhiteandBrew #FollowYourBeer

A personal PSA – remember to drink responsibly.

*Thank you to National Beer Wholesalers Association for partnering on this post.



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