Nothing says summer like a cold brew; at the end of (or during) a round of golf, after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, or while enjoying a summer concert or festival. Some of us even run marathons for a beer. (Hey, there are also health benefits to drinking beer.)
If you’ve checked out our recent app updates, you know that we’ve added a sweet new “search by category” feature, which allows you to, well, search by category. There are hundreds of categories and one of them is, of course, beer.
Without further ado, here are the top five and bottom five brews from our app:
Walnut Brewery: Campaign Finance Reform Score = +70. Walnut Brewery is owned by Centerbridge Partners. The company and its senior leaders contribute a high level of money to politicians and PACs, and at a rate that’s 100% to Democrats.
Gordon Biersch Brewery: CFR Score = +70. Gordon Biersch is also owned by Centerbridge Partners. So their score breakdown is the same as Walnut.
Heineken: CFR Score = +41. We all know Heineken, produced by the Dutch brewing company Heineken International and well known for its signature green bottle and red star.
As a company, Heineken and its senior employees contribute a low level of money to politicians and PACs. The split is 41% Republican and 59% Democrat.
Corona: CFR Score = +35. Another classic, Corona is owned by Constellation Brands. The company and its senior employees contribute a high level of money to politicians and PACs, with 54% going to Democrats.
Santa Dose: CFR Score = +30. Santa Dose’s parent company is Brown-Forman, one of America’s largest players in the beer and spirits industry, they also manufacture Jack Daniel’s, Early Times, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, GlenDronach, BenRiach, Glenglassaugh, Finlandia, Herradura, Korbel, and Chambord. Brown-Forman also contributes a very high level of cash to politicians and PACs; the breakdown is 51% Democrat and 49% Republican.
The Bottom Brews
Molson Coors Brewing: CFR Score = -77. Molson Coors Brewing owns a host of different beer brands, including Michelob, Worthington’s, Winterfest, Wanderoot, Black Horse, Blue Moon, Coors, Third Shift, Steel Reserve, Keystone, Sharp’s Brewery, Leinenkugel’s, Miller, Red Dog, Saint Archer, Old Vienna, Milwaukee’s Best, Molson, and Old Style Pilsner (a lot, right?). The company and its senior employees contribute a high level of money to politics, and at a rate that’s 94% Republican.
Budweiser: CFR Score = -71. Budweiser is owned by Anheuser-Busch. The company and its senior employees contribute a very high level of money to politics at a breakdown that’s 71% Republican and 29% Democrat. Anheuser-Busch also owns Busch (which we never thought tasted good).
Modelo: CFR Score = -48. Modelo is the Mexican beer with the white, navy and gold label. The company (Constellation Brands) and its senior employees contribute a medium level to politicians and PACs at a breakdown that’s 73% Republican and 27% Democrat. (In other words, choose Corona instead.) Constellation Brands also owns Ballast Point, for the record.
Samuel Adams: CFR Score = -32. Sam Adams is owned by Boston Beer Company. The company and its senior employees contribute a medium level of money to politicians and PACs at a breakdown that’s 57% Republican and 43% Democrat. Boston Beer Company also owns A&S Brewing.
Rumor has it that George Washington insisted that his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations. With that in mind, let’s raise a glass (or a quart) to responsible beer consumption. And by responsible we mean, know the score!