For many of us, the end of football season is a lonely, frightening time. We wander the refrigerator aisles of the convenience store, lost and afraid, knowing that, even if our team has skin in the big game, no matter the outcome, we'll wake up the next morning to a persistent winter, a world without touchdowns. In this dreadful state of impending ennui, it would be easy for us to just pick up the obligatory twelve-pack of Miller Lite on our way to the Super Bowl party. Please. Don't be that guy.
The sad, watery brew -- the factory-farmed McDonald's of beers -- is an apt metaphor for the bland, empty life we lead between January and August. I ask you: why go down that hole before it's absolutely necessary? The Super Bowl is a time to celebrate the gridiron warriors we've lived and died over these last five months, to raise a worthy glass to our favorite gladiators and their 100-yard coliseums.
Click Here to see The Complete List of Beers to Bring to Your Super Bowl Party American Pale Ale, 5.00% ABV This clear, golden-hued ale is a fantastic beer to serve with food. The flavors are complex enough to pair with any number of dishes, but for me, this is a perfect complement to a juicy cheeseburger or a barbecued pulled pork sandwich. Up front, you’ll encounter caramel and rye notes, but it finishes hoppy and dry, cleaning your palette with tangy citrus. Photo Credit: Left Hand Brewing Co.
American Pale Lager, 4.90% ABV Anchor’s addition to the world of American lagers provides something for everyone. Well balanced, this easy-drinking beer meets you with a toasty sweetness, and evens out with a gentle floral bitterness. Malty without being cloying, I recommend a good bit of salt in whatever food you pair with this. Photo Credit: Anchor
Click Here to see The Complete List of Beers to Bring to Your Super Bowl Party American Amber Ale, 4.40% ABV This is a light, drinkable brew disguised as a big, dark beer. The nose hits you with powerful caramel, smoke, and citrus, but the flavors are understated, refreshing and hoppy, with a smooth, dry finish. For those of you who say you dislike darker beers, this one is a perfect way in. Its low alcohol and weightless body make this one of the best light beers I’ve ever tasted. Photo Credit: Stone
American Pale Ale, 4.70% ABV Some beers claim to be perfect for game day, but this one was designed specifically for watching football (Redhook consulted Dan Patrick on the recipe). Lightest in color of all the beers listed, this session ale boasts a subtle but well-balanced flavor profile that includes refreshing citrus hops and toasty baking bread. Its low alcohol and easy drinkability means you can power through a few of these bad boys before the half-time show without getting sloppy. Photo Credit: Red Hook
Click Here to see The Complete List of Beers to Bring to Your Super Bowl Party German Pilsner, 4.44% ABV Elysian Brewing Co. is widely considered Seattle’s best brewery, and it has the track record and awards to back that up. And with their brewery in spitting distance of the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, this pilsner will definitely be going down easy in the Emerald City on game day. Medium bodied and tart, you may pick up on notes of sourdough and smoky tea through the citrus- and herb-forward palette. This beer pairs brilliantly with the sweet-salty of pizza, or a good spicy Italian sausage. Photo Credit: Elysian
A Super Bowl party beer is a specific breed, and must satisfy a few requirements. Between all the extended commercials, and the big-budget halftime show, you're signing on for at least four hours of nail-biting merriment. Your standard-bearers of Sunday afternoon day-drinking -- your Millers and Buds -- are all relatively low in alcohol content (4.00 percent -- 5.5 percent ABV), a quality which allows you to safely drink quite a few cold ones without fear of stumbling too hard over the goal line. In addition, your party beer is going to have to complement the food you serve: nachos, pizza, and burgers. Therefore, a light- to medium-bodied lager or ale, lower in alcohol than the craft beers you may be used to, fits the game-day bill to a tee.
The following eight beers were chosen not just because of their serious drinkability and careful craftsmanship, but also because they represent the four teams currently vying for the top spot in America's biggest game. Happily for us, New England, Washington State, Colorado, and San Francisco aren't only homes to the country's most superior teams -- they're home to some of the country's finest breweries, as well.
-AdamBoles3, The Daily Meal
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