For some, this Sunday will be all about football. For others, it’s about the commercials. The thing these two groups have in common: beer.
One of the biggest days in American sports is also one of the biggest days of American drinking, and it’s about time to put down that can of mass-produced light beer. Football is a classic American pastime, so let’s enjoy some classy American beers to go with the sport. Because, whether you’re going to root for your team or your favorite ad agency, you should have something tasty to drink.
Try a Case of Cans
Yeah, a 12- or 24-pack of aluminum cans in the fridge is the best way to entertain your guests. Cans are cheap, and no one will argue how they pair with the nachos. But don’t crack open the Rockies, get something good. There are plenty of micro brewers and artisanal labels that have started canning their beer. Case in point: Porkslap Pale Ale
. This New York brewed ale has a hoppy finish that tastes kind of like bacon. Fitting, seeing that there are two pigs on the front of the label slapping their bellies together. If that’s not your style, there are plenty of other cans available, including a few tasty ones from the Brooklyn Brewery
Hit a Winter Ale
If canned brew isn’t you’re cup of tea—hit a bottle. The Super Bowl may happen out of doors in a warm state, but it’s still going on in winter. A lot of brewers mix up special batches to go with the season, and they are more hoppy and flavorful than the normal watery stuff Americans typically drink while watching football. Look for winter labels from American brewers like Samuel Adams
to bring some more flavor to your celebration.
Go Premium with a Keg
Sometimes a keg is the only way to go for a Super Bowl party. It’s easy to get the cheap stuff; although it tastes like alcoholic water, everyone will usually drink it without complaint. But if you really want to make your guests happy, splurge a little. A nice keg of premium draft beer usually costs $40 to $60 extra, and it’s worth it. Hit up labels that are still a value, like crisp and clean River Horse
or pretty much anything from Flying Dog
—they put a lot of love into their brews, and they will only add to your love of the gridiron.
Or, Just Grab the Cheap Stuff
If you’re going to stay traditional and hit up a cheap six-pack of brews, go with a classic. Miller Lite
has a great reputation with bartenders and in-the-know drinkers. While it won’t be as tasty as the other labels on the list, it will do just fine. Touchdown!
Super Beer Needs Super Grub
And what goes great with beer? Food, of course. Try these Mini Savory Sammies
or something from this awesome Super Bowl Appetizer collection:
What's going to be your go to beer for the bowl?