You have the menu planned for game day. Wings, pizza, chili, burgers, ribs, plus plenty of chips, dips and salsa. You may even have some regional specialties, depending on which team is your favorite. (Breaded pork tenderloins if you’re an Indianapolis Colts fan, and jambalaya if you’re hoping for a New Orleans Saints win.) The only thing left to get is the beer!
Beer and Super Bowl Sunday go together like ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly or spaghetti and meatballs. So it’s important to make sure your guests have a great time by providing them with brews the compliment the menu. Although some people may think all beers taste alike, there are both subtle and major differences. Keep everyone happy by having two or three different brands on hand so guests can choose their favorite.
As we continue to watch our weight, light beers are gaining more momentum. Budweisser has taken over the market as the brew of choice, and Bud Light is currently America’s best selling low calorie beer. You can also try Bud Light Golden Wheat, brewed with coriander and citrus peels for only 100 calories.
Mexico’s best selling beer has crossed the border to become the number one imported beer in the U.S. Served with or without a slice of lime, Corona is the perfect compliment to any party or social occasion. Want to get creative, serve it with a slice of orange and surprise your guests.
Bottled at Europe’s oldest brewery, Heineken is sold in more than 170 countries. Its taste appeals to many types of drinkers, so a case or two should be part of your beverage selection.
If you have any left over beer you can get busy the next day making Arroz con Pollo Con Cerveza.
Dark and heavy, Guinness is a dry stout that hails from Ireland. Its origins go back to 1759, when the first Guinness was brewed at St. James’ Gate. Guinness goes well with hearty Super Bowl dishes. Guinness is not for everyone, if you have friends that are used to drinking bud, they probably won’t like it. Guinness is stout, creamy and rich with a hint of coffee to it. A bit more serious than the rest of the brews we’ve already discussed.
Coors Light – There was a time when Coors beer was not available anywhere east of the Rockies, but now this iconic brew can be purchased at any package store. Its popular light version is a favorite of those watching their waistline.
Miller Genuine Draft – MGD’s flavor is smooth and refreshing because it is never exposed to heat. The cold brewing process keeps this beer tasting as if it came from the tap. A good, all-around choice for a crowd, its light version has only 64 calories.
Sam Adams ” Dubbed America’s world-class beer, Sam Adams would probably be topping the list if the New England Patriots were in the Super Bowl, but for now, this revered beer has a well-respected place on the list.
Yuengling” Founded in 1829, family-owned Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery and produces some of the best beers around. Smooth tasting and affordable, if you’re looking for a beer that everyone will like, Yuengling is “it”
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – This up-and-coming brew has a fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s America’s best interpretation of a European brew.
Pabst Blue Ribbon – This Milwaukee based brewing company has been in business for more than 150 years. Pabst Blue Ribbon is a classic, premium lager brew that has been a favorite for generations.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all beers available, but it contains respectable recommendations that will contribute to a fun-filled and festive celebration. And may the best team win!
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