Brew pub predicting election with beer glasses

Glasses featuring presidential candidates being sold at Flying Saucer


SAN ANTONIO – Every presidential election, the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium holds a contest between the top two candidates.

This year, they are selling glasses featuring the Democrat president and the Republican challenger.

You can "vote for four more beers" and pick up a Barack Obama glass, or "start a new tab" and purchase a Mitt Romney glass.

The glasses sell for $7 each, or you can buy a case of 24 for $75.

The restaurant keeps a running tally of how many glasses for candidate have been purchased. In the past, it's given a somewhat accurate forecast as to how the actual election will turn out.

"Someone will buy a case and we'll put the new number up and someone else says, 'Oh heck no!' So they'll put another one up for someone else," said Javier Espinoza, manager of the Flying Saucer.

The Flying Saucer doesn't care who wins this battle of the beer glasses. They just want people to get involved in this election.

"Make your voice heard and don't sit back. You can't really complain unless you actually do something and vote, " said Espinoza.

According to at least one patron, more awareness campaigns are needed.

"This is a fun way to get people involved in politics. ... I know a lot of friends who are not voting. They don't think it makes a difference. It does. Every vote counts, I think," said Pepe Villagomez, a self-described life-long Republican who purchased a Mitt Romney glass.

Tt last the count of the number of glasses sold early Thursday afternoon, the President had a small lead, but the challenger was mounting a late charge and making it a close race.