Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bell's Hopslam (Eric Strader)

New Belgium 2 Below (Eric Strader)

Short's Brewing Company Cup-A-Joe (Eric Strader)

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale (Eric Strader)
What is your game day beer?

Posted on Feb. 2, 2014 at 9:28 p.m.

So we're into the first quarter of the Super Bowl, and you are enjoying the game with a good beer.  What is your game day beer?  For me, I always like to have a few choices in the frige, and I decided to grab a Bell's Hopslam.  Not that it has anything to do with football or either team that is playing, but it's Hopslam season, and I've got a couple of bottles left.

Of the two teams playing, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, it's hard for me to say which has the better beer culture.  Colorado is probably better known for their beer, and I heard that a bet between the governors of both states included steak and beer from Colorado and wine and apples from Washington.  So if you are a Bronco's fan, here are some breweries available in Michiana that would be good choices:  Avery Brewing in Boulder, Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Oskar Blues in Lyons and Longmont, and of course New Belgium Brewing of Ft. Collins.

If you are a Seahawks fan, I'm sorry to say that I'm not aware of any Seattle or Washington State beers that are available in Michiana.  However, there are around 32 breweries/brewpubs in the greater Seattle area, (compared to 45 in the greater Denver area) so there are definitely some good craft beer choices there.

I'm going to have to admit here, that I'm not much of a pro-football fan - did you notice that I'm blogging instead of watching the game?  And at the expense of being called un-American, I'll let you know that I'm actually going to head to the store to pick up some groceries.  I actually make this an annual event.  If you have never gone grocery shopping during the super bowl, you should try it.  Usually, I'm the only shopper, and I have 5 people waiting on me.

I am however, getting ready for Olympic hockey and very much looking forward to the USA vs Russia game on Saturday, February 15th.  The actual game will start at 7:30 in the morning and be broadcast at that time and then re-broadcast in the evening at 5:00.  For that game I have already lined up an American stout, Short's Cup-A-Joe (7% ABV, IBUs 35), and a Russian Imperial Stout, Dark Horse Plead the 5th (11% ABV).