Your Ultimate Super Bowl Beer Menu

To help you upgrade your pigskin party, we turned to some of our favorite pro brewers to see what they're sipping during the big game.


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Dave Wilson, Production Operations Manager
Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska

What beer are you bringing—that you didn’t brew?
Chimay Blue. It’s great for game day feasting, and smooth enough to drink on the early side. See, in Alaska, we are a time zone behind Pacific Standard, so the game starts in the early afternoon—just in time for a late brunch.

Which snack staple does it pair with?
Chimay Blue is a crisp, refreshing, yet full-flavored beer that's fruity, somewhat dry and could be compared to a sparkling wine, making it a great brunch-time beer. So it cuts through the richness of the cheese, eggs and meat in my flat omelet breakfast bliders.

What do you bring that you did make, and what’s the perfect pairing?
My flat omelet burrito sliders (Hey, I love them!) paired with our Alaskan Pilot Series Imperial Red Ale.


Matt Brophy, Brewmaster
Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Maryland

What beer are you bringing—that you didn’t brew?
A nice Saison (Saison Dupont), an IPA (Avery IPA), and a big winter warmer like Sierra Nevada’s Celebration.

Which snack staple does it pair with?
We won’t abandon traditional snacks, but we will experiment with pairing the above beer with a sampling of cheeses. We’ll match the earthy Saison with a Camembert. For the grassy, spicy IPA, an aged Vermont Cheddar, and something funky for the winter warmer—perhaps an American blue or Stilton.

What do you bring that you did make, and what’s the perfect pairing?
I make a habanero veggie chili that will melt your face. I usually pair it with something hoppy like our Snake Dog IPA or our Double Dog Imperial IPA, although it is tough to find anything that can really tame it.


Larry Horwitz, Regional Brewer
Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, Pennsylvania

What beer are you bringing—that you didn’t brew?
Lagunitas IPA—and if you don’t think cans are for craft beer, you must reconsider. They keep out brew-killing sunlight and they travel well.

Which snack staple does it pair with?
The great thing about the IPA is it pairs well with standards like spicy, head-sweating chili, and even creamy spinach and artichoke dips. But if I had to choose the must-pair, it’d be Philadelphia’s own crazy delicious cheesesteak egg rolls. And, yes, they taste far, far better than they sound.

What do you bring that you did make, and what’s the perfect pairing?
Ironbound American Pale Ale. It’s firmly bitter, but not so strong that I can’t drink it all afternoon. The pairing: Thai barbecue chicken wings. Giddy up!

 


Garrett Marrero, Founder
Maui Brewing Co., Maui, HI

What beer are you bringing—that you didn’t brew?
Bourbon. It’s a “party,” right? Joking aside, I’d definitely bring some Prima Pils by Victory. It’s a fantastic Pilsner, and has some great hop character, very drinkable.  

Which snack staple does it pair with?
My friend makes a kitchen-sink dip called “Ghetto dip.” It’s cream cheese, cheese, chili, ground beef, etc.

What do you bring that you did make, and what’s the perfect pairing?
I always like to bring something unique. Right now, I’d say our Belgian Kona Red Ale. It’s brewed with locally harvested coffee fruit (a k a, coffee berry—the meat around the bean). With that, I’d probably have some cheesecake bites. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so no party is complete without some dessert.

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