Bourbon maker stirs up party pride
October 10th, 2012
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Today's contributor, Senior Photojournalist Mark Walz covers the White House.

With the election only weeks away, we all have a choice to make. Some of us already know for whom we'll be pulling the lever, while others may still be on the fence.

Now there's another choice to make. Red State Bourbon or Blue State Bourbon. The first has a elephant on its label, the other, a donkey. Both bottles have the same hand-crafted bourbon whiskey inside, made in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Heaven Hill Distilleries,, which introduced the bourbon in January with the start of the primary season, will donate a dollar to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for every Facebook "Like." As of this writing, the Red State bourbon Facebook page leads with 1,033 Likes to Blue State Bourbon's 367 likes. Could it be the Republicans just drink more bourbon?

After this year's election is over, so will be Red State and Blue State bourbon. So, which bottle will you choose?

Previously - 'These chorizos are huge!' – how Paul Ryan's sausage gets made and Ale to the Chief! White House releases beer recipes

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  1. Dan

    Bourbon is great, rum is nice too, but give me some of that old medical pot every time.

    October 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  2. Tom

    I think I will buy one red to drink and two blue to pour down the crapper where it should go, and put the bottles out on the back fence to do some target shooting. :)

    October 14, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  3. Sharp

    Good marketing gimmick but how good is the burbon.

    October 13, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  4. c s

    Any bourbon is great: red or blue. Maybe I will buy a bottle of each and have them stare at each other for eternity. Maybe if the Democrats and Republicans drank more bourbon together, Congress just might get something done.

    October 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      Agree, though it's a little sad that Congress could accomplish more if they were falling-down drunk than they do otherwise.

      October 13, 2012 at 6:14 am |
  5. Barry

    The LAST , I repeat, LAST thing I want to do while I'm enjoying a good beer, or a decent class of bourbon is think about politics.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  6. Just thinking

    How expensive is the bourbon?

    October 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  7. M@x

    Couldn't I have a beer while Mitt Romney drinks a Sprite? He can be my designated driver.

    October 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • rshanks66

      Actually, no. Mormons don’t like to associate with sinners. They also don’t like to be around caffeine, smoking, alcohol or swearing. Everyone in the world, other than fellow Mormons, are beneath them according to their doctrine–that includes all other Christians.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:15 am |
      • chickenbread

        Wow are you cracked. That's not accurate at all. Sure Mormons don't participate in things like that, but their gospel specifically teaches them not to be smug or superior and to accept the consequences of free will. God is the judge of man, not man. Stop it with the misinformed hate're helping your self look very ignorant and pompus.

        October 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
      • pastafarian

        @rshanks66 Not true at all, the law school I attended had a relatively large number of Mormon students, and they wouldn't hesitate to attend parties or go out to bars with their friends, they just wouldn't personally consume any alcohol. Even better, if the event in question was the type where everyone who attended was given tickets that could be exchanged for free drinks, the Mormon students would give you theirs (word to the wise, ask well in advance).

        October 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Sister Carla

      STOP Obama's terrorism against Medical Marijuana cancer patients. STOP the brutality.

      October 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • putter

      Sure! you can ride on the roof

      October 15, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  8. Tea Totaler

    Romney couldn't get past the primaries in 2008; His political behind was handed to him in a wet paper bag. So he reinvented himself. And in the last few weeks he has reinvented himself yet again? Everything he stood for to get elected as a governor he is now against. This man has more faces than a yellow bellied three headed snake. The red bottle should be labeled SNAKE OIL.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  9. Kansan

    I'd rather split of quart of mad dog with Biden.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  10. Jose

    I'd rather smoke with Ron Paul.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Maria

      STOP Obama's terrorism against Medical Marijuana cancer patients. STOP – for God's Sake – STOP...!

      October 11, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  11. Dondi Cook

    Not that I'm going to drink or anything like that, But, Would'nt a more quality brand of Bourbon be more appropriate???
    I suggest Wild Turkey, Because, that is, After all, What we are going to end up with either way... A TURKEY in the WH...


    October 11, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • savoirlaire

      A more quality brand of bourbon? This is a product of Heaven Hill, producers of Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and one of the best and most respected there is. And the brand is named Red State/Blue State, that's why it is in the article, get it?

      October 12, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  12. Eric

    I'm going to have a couple of ribs remove, so I can kiss my own butt good bye.
    Both of the fools running are not right for the job.

    October 11, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  13. Amniculi

    I'd rather eat some pizza with Herman Cain. Dude is hilarious!

    October 11, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • MC

      If by "hilarious," you mean unintentionally, as most half-wits are hilarious, then yes. He's pure comedy gold. If you mean his actual attempts at humor...uh not so much.

      October 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  14. mmi16

    GOP can afford Burbon – Democrats have a beer budget.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:34 am |
    • RedGuyLivingInaBlueWorld

      Perhaps they can afford it because they know how to spell it.

      October 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  15. lance corporal

    well, there ya go, that explains it............. republicans are drunk!

    October 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  16. Tom

    Something very un-nerving about the President who is on duty 24/7 with the nuke button and a drink in hand.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • larryb

      yeh...they have all been teatotalers in the dare the president drink a beer. romney might be sober but is he sane?

      October 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  17. ken lockwood

    Go to scotlandand driink scotch tell it's all over.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  18. Mike S.

    Smoke a ton of dope and watch MARLEY.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  19. ieeta cornbread

    Polish potato vodka for me. It is smooooth and makes you feel wonderful.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  20. Other

    I'm ignoring everything that doesn't matter and voting for the person I want to see as the next POTUS. Nothing more; nothing less.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  21. Truth™

    Let's not politicize a food blog...

    October 10, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Jerv

      Haha! I knew you were going to say that. Have you noticed that MIttens takes small steps and leans forward like he is in a perpetual state of falling over?

      October 10, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • Sourmash

        Like Big Bird on a Stick

        October 10, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  22. Jerv

    "Could it be the Republicans just drink more bourbon?"

    No, it is because there are two Red State bottles in the photo and only one Blue State bottle. CNN is biased. : )

    I think it would be cool to hang out with both tickets and drink some swill.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Sourmash

      Five or six phone calls a day. Each asking to take a survey, just three easy questions. How old are you, How much do make and who are you going to vote for. That's swill. Enough to drive a Mormon to drink.

      October 10, 2012 at 11:45 am |
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