Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers
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Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Mnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades Fed's top regulator takes heat from both parties 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 HawleyHillicon Valley: Pentagon pushes back on Amazon lawsuit | Lawmakers dismiss Chinese threat to US tech companies | YouTube unveils new anti-harassment policy | Agencies get annual IT grades Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions 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 CrenshawHouse GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP Conservatives seek to stifle new 'alt-right' movement steeped in anti-Semitism 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 CruzOvernight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Lies, damned lies and impeachable lies Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: 'scathing indictment' MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthLawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities Overnight Energy: Protesters plan Black Friday climate strike | 'Father of EPA' dies | Democrats push EPA to abandon methane rollback Democratic senators push EPA to abandon methane rollback MORE (D-Ill.), Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills MORE (D-Va.), Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Vulnerable Democrats feel heat ahead of impeachment vote Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat MORE (D-Va.), Rep. Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseSunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention Rep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership MORE (D-Colo.), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyDemocrats vow court victories won't slow impeachment timeline Most US birds are facing extinction unless we take action Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' 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.”