(O’Connor Brewing Company won the 2015 and 2016 Golden Tap Awards presented by Veer Magazine and Southern Bank)

By Jeff Maisey

Virginia Senator Mark Warner today exchanged a friendly wager with Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. Should Old Dominion University lose its December 23 football game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Sen Warner will send a case of craft beer from Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing Company to Sen. Stabenow. And if ODU wins, a case of Arbor Brewing Company beer will makes its way to Warner.

This is the first bowl bid for ODU (9-3, 7-1 C-USA), and only the second in program history for EMU (7-5, 4-4 MAC).

“Coach Bobby Wilder and the ODU Monarchs are headed to the Bahamas after winning eight of their last nine games and finishing their season 9-3,”said Sen. Warner. “It is impressive the Monarchs are bowl-bound in just their eighth season of football, and I’m confident ODU will defeat EMU for the third time in three years.”

“The mighty Eastern Michigan University Eagles are one of four talented teams from our great state headed to a bowl game this year,” said Senator Stabenow. “I have no doubt that Coach Creighton has the team focused, determined, and prepared to topple the Old Dominion Monarchs. We are all looking forward to a big win for the Eagles in Nassau.”

Sen Warner was featured on the cover of Virginia Craft Beer Magazine, with a pint of beer at O’Connor Brewing Company, in October. He is an advocate of the booming beverage industry as it creates job, increases tourism and has a far reaching economic impact.

O’Connor Brewing Company won Veer Magazine’s 2016 Golden Tap Award on December 13.