Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers
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Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — Dems warn Trump against Medicaid block grants | Sanders under pressure on how to pay for 'Medicare for All' | China to allow in US health officials to study coronavirus MORE (R-Mo.) won the third annual Brew Across America competition Wednesday night, beating out nine other lawmakers with her Big House Brew blonde ale.

The Missouri Republican bested fellow House members and senators alike, including fellow Missourian Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTypical income no longer covers major costs: Study Senate Democrats introduce legislation to change impeachment trial rules Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts four Chinese military officers over Equifax hack | Amazon seeks Trump deposition in 'war cloud' lawsuit | Inside Trump's budget | Republican proposes FTC overhaul MORE (R) with his Hawley Hops spiced ale, after some good-natured ribbing.


“I’m sorry senator, you may be senior to me in Congress but you’re junior to me in beer, baby,” Wagner said as she interrupted an interview with Hawley to promote her beer.

Lawmakers who competed in the event sponsored by Anheuser-Busch worked with brewmasters in their home states to craft their own beer.

Wagner’s beer was brewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, home to generations of the Busch family. Big House Brew was aged in 100-year-old beechwood barrels, and Wagner said her “personal added flavor” came from adding lemon drop hops.

The judge’s panel consisted of local restaurant owners, beer industry specialists and journalists.

Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Overnight Energy: Green groups to sue over Trump rollback of Obama water rules | GOP climate plan faces pushback from right | Bezos launches B climate initiative GOP climate plan faces pushback — from Republicans MORE (R-Texas) won the attendee-voted People’s Choice Award for an India pale ale (IPA) he called One Eye-PA.

“What we have created is basically the best beer ever, with the best name ever. And I feel bad for everybody else that’s in this competition because it’s so obvious that they are going to lose to me,” said Crenshaw, who wears an eyepatch after losing his right eye in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

One Eye-PA was brewed with honey and prickly pear at Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston.

Other competitors included Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Ted Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthJoe Walsh ends GOP primary challenge to Trump Illinois senators meet with Amtrak CEO over ,000 price tag for wheelchair users Democrats ask Amtrak to review policies after wheelchair users quoted K ticket price MORE (D-Ill.), Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE (D-Va.), Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaM ad buy praises swing-district Democrats' environmental work Vulnerable Democrats fret over surging Sanders Mixed feelings on war power limits: Lawmakers and vet candidates MORE (D-Va.), Rep. Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseTrump administration restricts travel from Nigeria and five other countries Judiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing MORE (D-Colo.), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyHillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate Tech for Nevada caucuses under scrutiny after Iowa debacle MORE (D-Ill.), who won in 2018 with Scout’s Cerveza, a beer named after his dog, did not participate in this year’s competition.

Cruz, whose Ale-Vengers IPA was named by his daughter Caroline, commended Anheuser-Busch and praised the relaxed nature of the event.

“People are at each other’s throat all the time in Washington,” he said. “It’s nice to see people coming back, laughing and having a beer.”