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Goes Together Like Beer and Politics

Beer Politics Chart

Turns out, if you drink Miller High Life, you really are just an average American.

According to a chart put together by Tracey Robinson of the National Journal, which compares beer preferences to political party preferences and voter turnout, Democrats prefer Corona, though they don’t turn out at the polls. Republicans on the other hand prefer Samuel Adams, and are more likely to turn out when it comes time to vote.

Shiner Bock and Lone Star, both out of Texas, skew unsurprisingly Republican, while Heineken, Miller Genuine Draft and Budweiser drinkers skew Democrat.

If you’d take a microbrew over any of the mass market beers, you’re more likely to be a Democrat, though you are also more likely than most to turn out at the polls. The highest voting turnout honors goes to Sierra Nevada.

While you shouldn’t take this type of data as fact on face value alone, it is interesting to see what the trends look like when you take a step back and look at the big picture.

[What Your Beer Says About Your Politics]

American Microbrewery Tour

Dogfish Head Factory

Forbes.com has assembled a list of the ‘Ten Top American Microbreweries Worth A Visit’, and I’d say it’s a pretty good start for anyone looking to create a beer-related bucket list.

The list is as follows:

  • Samuel Adams, Boston
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, Deleware
  • Brooklyn Brewery, New York City
  • Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, California
  • Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
  • Rogue Ales Brewery, Newport, Oregon
  • New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Road Dog’s Brewery Tour, Seattle
  • Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine
  • Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin, Texas

If you’re interested in visiting any of these breweries, the article gives a good description of what makes each one unique and why it’s worth a visit, so I recommend you take a look.

[Forbes – Ten Top American Microbreweries Worth A Visit]

Monique Lawless Stops Walmart Beer Robbery

Monique Lawless

When Monique Lawless (perfect name for this story!) spotted three men leaving a Walmart in Alvin, Texas with three cases of beer they hadn’t paid for, she did what few others would even think of: She went after them!

After chasing the trio down in the parking lot outside the store, she jumped on the hood of their car and tried to kick in the windshield. When that didn’t work, she jumped on the roof and tried to kick in the sunroof, while the kids below her just kept laughing. Finally, when the driver started the car, she slid down from the roof and tried to grab the driver’s door handle. The car lunged forward and dragged Monique to the pavement, resulting in a scratched face, broken lip and scrapes and bruises on her legs.

The story has a positive ending though, as the three were later caught at another Walmart after an hourlong chase, and are being held on charges of felony evading arrest and aggravated robbery.

When asked if she would do it again, Monique said “Probably, but I would probably throw a shopping cart in front of the car instead of jumping on the hood and roof.”

Well done Monique! If I ever get a chance to meet you in person, the next round is on me.

Update: They’ve released a video of the heroic act:

[Via: Chron]