It’s a longstanding tradition that politicians make bets when professional sports teams from their states are competing for a championship.

This year’s NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is no different. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are betting beer … and a little wine.

If the Warriors win, Brown will deliver a case of beer from Platform Beer Co. to Harris and Feinstein, and Portman will bring a case of Great Lakes Brewing Co. to the California senators. If the Cavaliers prevail, Harris will deliver a case from Anchor Brewing to Brown and Portman, and Feinstein will provide a case of California chardonnay to the Ohio senators.

As of this writing, the Cavs are down 0-2 so there might be some Cleveland beer headed out west.

This is the fourth year the Cavs and the Warriors are meeting in the Finals. The Warriors won two of the first three match-ups.

The senators aren’t the only ones making beer bets.

Noble Beast Brewing in Cleveland and San Francisco Brewing Co. in San Francisco have their own bet riding on the game. If the Cavs win, Noble Beast gets to name a San Francisco beer and if the Warriors win, San Francisco gets to name a Noble Beast beer.

“I’ll take that bet any day,” the Cleveland brewery wrote on its Facebook page. “Easy money.”

IPA dinner

The Thirsty Dog Taphouse, 587 Grant St., Akron, will host an All IPA Beer Dinner at 6 p.m. June 21.

It will feature single, double, fruited and hazy IPAs paired with tapas.

Tickets are $30 and reservations are required. For reservations, email or call 234-571-1456.

Speaking of Thirsty Dog, the brewery’s popular 12 Dogs of Christmas — the Christmas in July edition — will hit store shelves July 1.

The spiced holiday beer, one of the brewery’s most popular, will be available in six-packs retailing for $11.99.

How do you know this is fresh 12 Dogs? The label features Santa sitting on a beach sipping the beer.

Beer fundraiser

The Well Akron Community Development Corp., 647 E. Market St., Akron, will host a “Drink Beer. Do Good.” fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 15.

Attendees will learn about how they can support the city’s Middlebury neighborhood. R. Shea, Akronym and Ohio are slated to participate.

The cost is $30. Tickets are available at

Ohio beer talk

I will be talking about the Ohio craft beer industry at 7 p.m. June 14 alongside the Brew Kettle’s award-winning brewer Jack Kephart at the Brunswick Public Library, 3649 Center Road, Brunswick.

There will be no beer, but the talk is free.

I’ll also have copies of my book 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio for sale.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or Read his beer blog at Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.