They say you can tell a lot about a voter by his or her choice of beer during election time. If you catch someone drinking a Coors Light or Sam Adams at a bar, that person is more likely to be a Republican. But if you see someone ordering a Heineken, then you have more reason to assume he or she is going to vote for president Obama on November 6.
Beyond beer, bars and restaurants around town are making sure their patrons can eat and drink their political leanings by adding “partisan” items to their menus. Whether it’s the good old fashioned first lady cookies bake-off at the Occidental Grill or the Democrat and Republican dozens decorated with election-themed donkeys, elephants and 2012 fondant available at Georgetown Cupcake, you can certainly vote with your stomach this election season.
As we get closer and closer to voting day and the election seems to drag on, a couple of area bars and restaurants have found clever ways to keep us entertained about our choices. The Front Page, for one, must have read the article about the beer preferences and chosen Sam Adams as a Romney surrogate on its tap menu (yes, it helps that Sam Adams is from Romney’s state of Massachusetts.) Order a Sam Adams or a Goose Island beer (which is from Chicago) and you get an “I Voted” sticker.
If you’re like me and don’t get to vote on November 6, getting an “I Voted” sticker sounds kind of exciting… even if it says “I Voted at the Front Page.” The bar even keeps a tally on its Facebook page and twitter feed. At Lincoln, it’s a cocktail face-off between the Elephant (rhubarb-infused whiskey, homemade strawberry liquor, lime juice and bitters) or the Democratic Donkey (blackberry-infused gin, ginger syrup, lime juice and soda) and right now it looks like the crowd is pretty partisan.
Meanwhile, Topaz Bar is bringing back the top two contenders from its earlier primary cocktail friendly competition for round two. The two winning cocktails were the Obama Home Sweet Home (a twist on DC’s home cocktail, the rickey, and a nod to the fact that Obama currently calls DC home and hopes to keep it that way) and the Romney Float.
Clearly, these were based on actual voter preferences expressed at the polls and not patrons or the non-alcoholic float would have never made the cut. Luckily, there is no contest (yet) involving wine… though in 2008, John McCain’s Arizona did win the Wall Street Journal’s Pour More Years blind tasting face-off.
There is one, however, involving cheese at the Park Hyatt Lounge, though they were smart not to select them based on the candidates’ home states. I mean, Massachusetts cheese anyone? I know Paul Ryan said his “veins bleed with cheese,” but I roll my French eyes even at Wisconsin cheese… Instead, they went with a selection of blue and red cheeses, including Ewe’s Blue and Barick Obama from Vermont and the Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery and a Lincoln Log goat cheese. Of course, the scores are being tallied here too!
So far before election day, it seems, Obama is leading all of these foodie polls. Except one. Apparently, the folks who get their coffee at 7-Eleven, where you can grab a blue or red to go cup, have a slight preference for Romney. Who doesn’t drink coffee at all…
Let us know, what are you drinking for the election?