Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Evan Williams to the Rescue

Just got a press release from Heaven Hill: in the interests of making sure there are no repeats of Hillary's "whiskey faux pas" (the Senator knocked back a shot of Crown Royal while campaigning in Indiana, going for the 'regular guy' effect... Senator: an American presidential candidate drinking Canadian whiskey to bond with blue collar workers? How tone-deaf can you be?), Heaven Hill sent bottles of Evan Williams to each presidential candidate. With Kentucky's primary coming up on May 20th (and actually meaning something, unless a miracle happens and one of the two candidates wins both North Carolina and Indiana really big today), you better hope they both pay attention and take some bourbon-drinking lessons.

14 comments:

Kevin said...

I thnk that Evan Williams makes a perfect Manhattan and is one of my favorite everyday bourbons. I how every do not qualify as a Manhattan expert as I am not a 70 year old lady.

Lew Bryson said...

Dude... Careful. First, it's obvious you're not a Manhattan expert, because they're supposed to be made with rye. But second...the big Manhattan drinkers I know are steak-eating men who go to boxing matches.

Kevin said...

Touche. My Grandmother drinks them (she uses American whiskey) and I read that they were made for Winston Churchill's mother. Perhaps that is why I associate them with old women. In any case I love my whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters cocktail made with Evan Williams.

Lew Bryson said...

Yeah, well, everyone makes 'em with bourbon, and they taste fine. No worries.

Steven said...

Hmm, promoting drinking through the candidates? Do I hear the neo-prohibitionists tuning up?

Tom W said...

My wife loves Manhattans, and she's a 30-something who's never been to a boxing match. Big steak-eater, though.

Loves them so much that we had to institute a "one Manhattan only" rule. The trick then is to find a place where that one Manhattan is generous.

She does get some odd comments about it tough. I remember one older gentleman asking "where did you find out about Manhattans?"

Lew Bryson said...

It's been a drinking kind of campaign, Steven, and with each candidate trying hard to show that they're regular guys, in touch with the elusive white working class male -- and the Kentucky primary coming up on the 20th -- there's only going to be more of it. New Drys be damned, drinking is good politics!

Lew Bryson said...

By God, it looks like we need a dedicated Manhattan thread... I think there's a whole Manhattan sub-culture, folks drinking this excellent cocktail who just don't care what the drink of the week is. They deserve more respect. And better Manhattans.

Steven said...

"...drinking is good politics!"

Okay, wait... I'm writing that one down... ;-)

Jay W said...

I just like reading about bourbon...

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

You're kind of late, the punditrocity already feasted on this tale, chewed it up, and left it behind in search of the next faux pas. However, I managed to catch a different media report on a different event where Hillary was asked her favorite beer, and somehow she came up with "Blue Moon with a slice of orange".

Oh, the places you can go with that. For starts, who produces Blue Moon? Coors--run by one of the most reliably Republican-donating families out there, if I'm not mistaken.

Lew Bryson said...

Sandy...once again, already reported on this, too, including the Blue Moon and orange slice:
http://lewbryson.blogspot.com/2008/04/another-great-reason-for-longer-primary.html

Gotta read the whole blog, dude. Blue Moon's also brewed in Canada, BTW...

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

Well, come on, dude, I DO read your whole blog. It's just that what phony-baloney politician is doing what stupidity for the cameras with regards to alcoholic beverages--as long as it's not calling for Prohibition II--is so freakin' far down the list on my personal priorities (even with regards to booze and politics) that I can't even see it when I'm lowering a lantern down the Arizona mine shaft on a rope, y'know? And what few notes I have on such stuff I left back on the desk in Maryland. I'll let you know how the beer is in Flagstaff when I get there.

Lew Bryson said...

So I should lean my blog to your personal priorities? Or wait...when you point out that Hillary likes Coors, and they're Republicans, that's commentary, but when I bring up that Blue Moon is made in Canada (like Crown Royal), that's worrying about stupid politicians?

I gotta stop reading blogs, it's wasting my time!