Ruh-roh. At his press conference today, Governor Shumlin betrayed his true allegiance in mildly-alcoholic libations.
It went down like this. Paul “The Huntsman” Heintz asked Shumlin if he’d ever played the break-open tickets that would be taxed under the Governor’s budget plan. Here’s the key exchange:
Heintz: Do you ever play the break-open tickets?
Shumlin: Oh yeah, anyone who drinks beer has played break-open tickets.
Heintz: I drink a lot of beer, and I haven’t played any.
Shumlin: Oh yeah? Well, you’re not drinkin’ in the right place.
Jeb Spaulding: You’re drinking those five-dollar beers.
Heintz: Where do you buy them?
Shumlin: Oh, you can get ’em at any club or bar in Vermont. I’m a Windham County boy, so I’ve played ’em in Windham County. Rockingham, the Elks, the Brattleboro Legion. I can take you there if you want, I’ll even buy you a beer. But you’re not gettin’ that Gucci beer. We’re drinkin’, you know, Budweiser.
There you have it, Vermont brewers. Your stuff is “Gucci beer,” and real Vermonters drink out-of-state pisswater.
Why do I suspect that sometime soon, Shumlin will make time for a photo-op at Heady Topper or Hill Farmstead or Lawson’s Finest? Hell, I’ll invite him for a five-dollar beer at the Three Penny, anytime. I’ll even buy the first round.
Stay tuned for more on the serious stuff from Shumlin’s presser.