Mary Earl

A Kitsap brewer fine enough for a famous horse race

Around 150,000 people attended the 149th annual Kentucky Derby this year. Collectively, they consumed an estimated 522,000 cans of beer, 142,000 hot dogs, and 120,000 mint juleps. For the juleps, 1,000 pounds of fresh mint, barrels of Old Forester and 60,000 pounds of ice were staged. And the hats! 90% of the women attending wear big colorful hats, almost all flower themed.

The winning horse, Mage, had 15-1 odds to win the derby. So, a $2 bet on Mage would have paid out $330.44. And a $1 trifecta bet on Mage, Two Phil’s (2nd place) and Angel of Empire (3rd place) would net $982.36. That’s enough to buy a fancy hat for next year’s Derby.


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