My pal Charlie says the best Superbowl beer is the one that actually brings fabulous supermodel babes to your side from nowhere to serve your every whim like they do in TV commercials. Since no nearly emaciated, fabulously silicone-and-botox-enhanced-”don’t-touch-my-hair”-paradise-primadonna ever DOES show up in your living room toting a Natty Light suitcase and giant platter of Pigs in Blankets, our beverage of choice requires greater contemplation. =sigh=
Consider your goals and if they don’t include driving and you really want to star in a YouTube video titled, “Technicolor Yawn Man,” go ahead and gorge yourself on Delaware’s #1 best-selling beer, Coors Light. If you’re looking to actually enjoy the beverage and be able to keep up with the game, avoid the “Big Beers” with high ABV like Golden Monkey.
Personally, I enjoy 750 ml of a great beer that holds up as it warms to room temperature. Westmalle Tripel, one of the world’s greatest trappist ales, is my Superbowl beer of choice. I admittedly try to make it last the whole first half, then switch to diet Pepsi in the second half while snarfing through the munchies.
If you really don’t want to drink soda, you need a tasty low alcohol “sessionable” beer with complex flavors that won’t give you a headache like many popular beers do to many of us. Try 16 Mile “Responders Ale.” At just 4% ABV, this creation of Georgetown, Delaware’s George McCrea and Chad Campbell is actually crafted for big get-togethers like Beef and Beers and family parties. The English barley, wheat and mild hops make this a beer you can actually enjoy throughout the game.
Want more hops? Twin Lakes Pale Ale is available in cans and it works! New technology means you don’t taste the can. The ABV is 5.5%. You may just want to head up to Twin Lakes on Kennett pike on a Saturday between Noon & 4 & buy a growler. Or fetch a growler of Ironbound Ale at Iron Hill Brewery. It’s about 5% and has a good flavor for an American Pale Ale. Nothing fancy, just a bit of biscuity malt along with the hops.
Compare these to the usual beers at the party & let me know your preferences either by email or with a phone call to the show (noted below). If you’re at a Superbowl party with a bunch of beermateurs, remember this:
Drunken Fools + Smartphone Video = YouTube Fun!
Choose a good beer and charge your iPhone!
Today’s column was inspired by a chilled bottle of Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout poured into a pint glass.
Don’t stay thirsty, my friend. Slake It!