O'Malley Super Bowl bet brews up storm in a beer mug

Governor bets a case of National Bohemian on Super Bowl; local brewers nonplussed

February 02, 2013|By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

Governor Martin O'Malley narrowly avoided a minor Twitter storm over beer Saturday morning after making a bet with the governor of California on the Super Bowl.

Friday afternoon, he responded to a wager with California Gov. Jerry Brown by staking a case of Natty Boh.

But Saturday morning, the Brewers Association of Maryland posted a message asking O'Malley to support the local economy and consider putting up a tasty beverage that is actually brewed in the state.

Boh has enjoyed a new lease on life in recent years, but has not been made locally for many years.

Within the hour O'Malley had upped the ante by tossing a case of Heavy Seas, the pirate-themed brew made in Halethorpe.

Brown recently allowed celebrities to promote booze at Califorina liquor stores, but he got the ball rolling with a more sober stake: a book on Californian exceptionalism.



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