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Maryland Beer Primary: The Taste Of Election Day

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The beers representing four of the candidates for Maryland governor.
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The beers representing four of the candidates for Maryland governor.

Voters in Maryland are hitting the polls today as both Democrats and Republicans pick their party's nominee for governor, as well as for attorney general, comptroller, and members of the General Assembly. WAMU took one final look at the gubernatorial campaign by focusing on each candidate's preferred beer.

During his appearance on WAMU's the Politics Hour last week, Democratic candidate and lieutenant governor Anthony Brown mentioned he liked Red Stripe beer. After some tweets from Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Michael Martinez, six of the seven gubernatorial candidates stated their preferred brew.

Bush, Martinez and WAMU web producer Chris Chester sat down to give each choice a taste in what we've coined the Maryland Beer Primary.

"This is a beer that you'd have walking down the boardwalk in Ocean City," Chester said of the lieutenant governor's Red Stripe. The choice of the pale lager was an homage to Brown's father, a physician who emigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica.

The rest of the candidates' choices were all Maryland beers, or at least beers with strong ties to the state like National Bohemian, better known as "Natty Boh," picked by Republican Hartford County Executive David Craig.

"I taste this beer, I immediately think I'm at Camden Yards, I'm watching the O's, life is good," Martinez said.

Fellow Republican Larry Hogan also chose a beer with a strong Maryland identity: Flying Dog's Dead Rise, a summer ale that is flavored with Old Bay. It was a hit with all three testers.

"I put Old Bay on everything. I put Old Bay on frozen yogurt," Martinez said.

Two of the selections made by candidates are no longer available. Wild Goose, formerly of Frederick, Maryland, made the oatmeal stout favored by Democratic delegate Heather Mizeur, before the brewery was sold. UnderDog Atlantic Lager was the brew of choice for Republican delegate Ron George, but was recently retired by Flying Dog.

Just remember when you're at the polls today—there is no beer allowed.

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