Bills and Brews may have found the key to ending brinksmanship in Congress: keep kegs on hand!
In this web extract, we interview Bill Butcher, owner of Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, Virginia, and unlock the secret for breaking the gridlock in Congress. Roll a frickin’ keg up to Capitol Hill, tap that sucker and bipartisanship ensues!
“We’re gonna work this whole thing out over a few beers,” Butcher says.
When California Democrat Xavier Becerra, a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, heard of Port City’s IPA of the same name, he apparently couldn’t resist the opportunity to get some of that brew as close to his workplace as possible. Not only that, Becerra broke habit by inviting Republicans to have the Old Town beer in an otherwise Democrat-only affair.
Butcher also explains why, as a new business owner just getting on his feet during a presidential election cycle, he decided to deliver a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. I don’t know about you, but in Washington, we think that takes some balls!
And if you haven’t seen it, please check out our new full episode with twelve-term Virginia Congressman Jim Moran at Port City Brewing Company’s tasting room. He takes a shot of Irish whiskey with our host, Matt Laslo, and recounts the unbelievable details of a brawl he started on the House floor with former California Congressman “Duke” Cunningham. God bless America!