Gov. Dannel P. Malloy bet Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear that the University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball team would capture the 2014 NCAA championship.
With the final game on the line, Malloy is wagering wine from Jones Family Farms in Shelton, beer from Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, and chocolate from Munson’s.
If the Huskies win Beshear will send Malloy a Kentucky bourbon basket – created from a half-barrel from Maker’s Mark – that will include some of the state’s best premium bourbon brands: Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Town Branch, Willett, Old Pogue, Michter’s and Corsair Bourbon. The barrel also will include barware, glasses, apparel and accessories to conduct a priceless bourbon tasting.
In 2011, Malloy received a Kentucky ham from Beshear when the Huskies beat the Wildcats in the semifinal game.
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney is hoping to wash down his Florida burritos from U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz with some Kentucky bourbon from U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky.
Courtney, a UConn Law School grad, is again offering a gift basket of eastern Connecticut signature treats including Munson’s Chocolates, Selbuort Valley Farms Maple Syrup, Cato Corner Cheese, Deep River Chips, Jarmoc cigars and Cottrell Beer. If UConn loses Barr will be giving him “signature bourbons, candies, and treats,” from the Blue Grass state’s sixth district.