The ES Summit: Top 10 Beers and Booze for Politics

The tides are shifting in American politics. A new party is in control and our President is willing to work with them to make a better America. Blah blah blah. Yet another cycle has completed and we now have another lame duck president. BUT WAIT. Obama and US Senator Mitch McConnell are going to solve all of our problems with a Bourbon Summit. Now that’s something we can get behind. A little Kentucky booze may be just what our leaders need to get things done. This got us thinking…what would an ES summit look like? Other than the usual gallivanting around, bitching and moaning about irrelevant things, and gorging ourselves with food, we would pick the best beer and booze to offer for the occasion. If it were up to us, here’s what the Obama-McConnell summit would consist of:

10) Flying Dog Raging Bitch

What better to drink while BITCHING and moaning about the great problems of the world (or what to have for dinner)? Raging Bitch is an in your face IPA with a nice sweetness that makes it very drinkable at a high ABV.

Arrogant Bastard Ale

9) Arrogant Bastard Ale

Need I say more? Not only does the name sum up just about every one of your very proud “ES’ers, but it also sums up the jerks in Congress. What’s more? The brew is one of the highest ranked in the United States with complex flavors that will also kick your ass.

Knob Creek® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8) Knob Creek

A little bourbon never hurt nobody. Knob Creek is about that level where you stop drinking whiskey with coke and actually start enjoying the sweet and oak-aged flavors of bourbon.

7) Titos Vodka

What’s more American than an all-American made vodka? We have to be at least a little patriotic, right? Plus, this is some of the smoothest Vodka we’ve ever had! Try it with water and lemon…just be careful – you won’t taste the whiskey.

6) Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

A tradition that prooves Goose Island to be craft beer, the bourbon county stout offers a nice, booze-based beer that will add character to any occasion. The depth of the beer is very enjoyable on top of the fact that just a few of these will give you a decent buzz.

Valar Morghulis

5) Ommegang Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis

There is absolutely nothing wrong about this. Not only is it a damn good beer, but it also loosens us up for conversation regarding the differences between the books and the series. Then we can discuss favorite characters, argue about what will happen next, and write our own ending. OR, we can make wagers on the life expectancy of George R.R. Martin.

4) Dogfish Head Sixty One 

We’re weird. Yup, I’ll admit it. I think we would all admit it. But isn’t that what makes people so interesting? Rather than being weird in a pervy old man way like most congressmen, we’re just weird in a nerdy kind of way. Which is why we love the Dogfish Head Sixty One brew. Made from the 60 minute IPA, then adding syrah grape must, you may first be confused by the beer/wine taste but you’ll enjoy it. Beer mixed with wine that tastes good.

3) Fireball

CONTROVERSY! We need a little bit of controversy to keep things interesting. Nevermind the fact that it’s been taken off of many shelves. Let’s get into “intellectual” conversations about whether it’s really whisky. THEN, let’s discuss all of the crazy shit we can mix it with! …And try it.



2) Southern Tier Warlock

Elections happen in the fall. When I think of mid-term elections, I think of witches and warlocks….don’t you?! Just think of the ghouls running around making broken promises and slandering each other from ear to ear. Well at ES, we may slander each other, but we’ll do it while enjoying an alcoholic pumpkin-flavored stout. Kthnx.

box set

1) Dogfish Head Beer Thousand

TEN PERCENT ABV lager. As part of the Dogfish Head music series, the off-centered brewery wanted to honor  the band Bee Thousand with an imperial lager. Since we at Endless Simmer like crazy, unique things, why not “summit” with something that’s not only unique, based off an independent band, and kicked up with some fresh hops, but will slap you in the face with a 10% ABV 720 mL bottle?


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