Having a cold one before SOTU

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association is inviting congressional officials to enjoy a cold one before President Obama’s big speech.

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The invitation-only event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tortilla Coast Tuesday night. It will also welcome Laurie Knight, the group’s newest team member and executive vice president of government affairs.

Others, of course, will be drinking during the speech. A favorite game of political nerds is to drink when the president uses certain words or phrases. This year, think “immigration,” “opportunity” and “year of action.”