I just read an article that said that liquor sales were up 7% in Ohio in 2005 from 2004. That's not too surprising, since having to deal with the first full year of Bush's second term was probably hard on a lot of people in this modest Midwestern manufacturing state.
What was surprising (or maybe not) was the #1 brand of hard alcohol chosen by Ohioans. The top 10 list was littered with what you might expect: Jack, Beam, Jager, Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, and Absolut, among others. But what was at the top of list? What was the top selling brand of liquor in the whole state of Ohio? What brand of hooch stole more hearts and livers than any other in 2005? That's right, Kamchatka Vodka. Solid. At least Dark Eyes, Dmitri, Popov, Wolfschmidt, McCormick, and Barton weren't on the list. Maybe 2006 will be Barton's year in Ohio. After all, it is the only charcoal-filtered vodka.