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It’s bourbon vs. beer as Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Friday’s Final Four matchup


The governors from Kentucky and Wisconson are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.

Kentucky Gov. Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Gov. Scott Walker offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a Wisconsin Badgers victory.

“We’ll look forward to grilling those Wisconsin brats after the Kentucky win on Saturday,” Beshear said. “Go Cats!”

“Under the leadership of Coach Ryan and with the exceptional talent of all our players, the Badgers have the momentum and skills to tame the Kentucky Wildcats and move onto the final,” Walker added. “On Wisconsin and go Bucky!”

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The Kentucky bourbon basket – created from a half-barrel from Maker’s Mark – will include some of the state’s best premium Bourbon brands – Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Town Branch Bourbon. The barrel also will include barware, glasses, apparel and accessories to conduct a priceless bourbon tasting. The basket is provided by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

The Cats will tip off against the Badgers on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. EST at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

From Office of Kentucky Governor

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