Local craft beer on the line in Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) made a friendly wager on the outcome of the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl between the Old Dominion University Monarchs and the Eastern Michigan University Eagles.

Seven local beer brewers have won awards in the 2016 Virginia Craft Beer Cup.

Sen. Warner is wagering a case of beer from Norfolk-based brewery O’Connor against beer that Sen. Stabenow will provide from Ypsilanti’s Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery. 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.”

Norfolk's O'Connor Brewing Company

Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing Company

“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.”