It's an age-old question in American electoral politics: Which presidential candidate would you like to have a beer with?
In the past, this question—and the way people answer it—has primarily been an indicator of a politician's likability factor: Which person would you most like to hang out with, at the bar, at the end of a long day? (Whether or not that's a good indicator of who would actually make the best political leader is above our pay grade.) Over the years, it's been the subject of much polling and even more hand-wringing—not least because many people believe that this, "the beer question," is one that has determined presidential elections more than once in American history.
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But now, in these food-obsessed times in which we live, the question has taken on new dimensions. It's not just about whether you can imagine a candidate at the bar; according to the Atlantic, it's also about the bar itself. Which bar does the candidate go to, anyway? What kind of beer (it's almost always beer) does he or she drink? Is it an organic, sustainably produced craft beer? Does the candidate, by way of his or her brew preference, support local businesses and all that they stand for?