4 beers to drink while watching Super Bowl XLVIII

The Broncos meet the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2. (Rick Wilking/Reuters/Files)

The Broncos meet the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2. (Rick Wilking/Reuters/Files)

Jordan St. John, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

It’s nearly time for Super Bowl XLVIII and amongst all the excitement circulates a number of questions. Can the underdog Seattle Seahawks pull off a victory over the dominant Denver Broncos? Which commercials will you be forced to talk about for the next week at the water cooler? If Peyton Manning sees his shadow, will there be another six weeks of winter? It’s too early to tell, sports fans.

The best I can do for you is to provide you with a list of appropriate beers for the big game. Hopefully they’ll ease the pain as you sit through the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime.

Why not celebrate the Denver Broncos success this season with a beer that not only represents their state but their strategy? Colorado’s Coors Light now comes in a can with a vented top. If you’re a fan of the pistol formation Manning has been using this season, why not let that modified shotgun tactic carry over to your choice of beverage?

If you’re rooting for the Seahawks, you probably already know that CenturyLink Field in Seattle has the best selection of craft beer available at a football stadium in North America. One of the popular local choices is Elysian Brewing, and we’re lucky enough to have one of their mainstays, The Immortal IPA, available across Canada. It’s a Pacific Northwest take on an English IPA style, which means that the toasted bready malt and big grapefruit hop character make it an ideal choice for even the spiciest of nachos.

Perhaps you’ve been drawn into watching the Super Bowl this year by the bizarre association between quarterback Russell Wilson and rockers, Phish. The resonant opening thumps of their track, Wilson, have served as an intimidating queue for crowd participation this year. Try Vermont’s Magic Hat #9, a quaffable ale with a hint of apricot that might seem too delicate to stand up to tailgate fare. Like Phish, it turns out to be surprisingly effective in the right context.

In truth, the best option is probably to find a beer that the entire gang can enjoy while camped out in front of a TV the size of your first apartment. One option that has impressed me recently is Innis & Gunn’s craft lager. For this particular product, they’ve cast off the oak barrel character they’re known for. It’s a quality Munich Helles lager that weighs in at 4.6% alcohol, with cracker malt character and a mild bitter sting in the tail. It’s the perfect strength even if the game goes into overtime.

No matter what you choose to drink while you enjoy the big game, make sure to do it responsibly. You don’t want to wake up feeling like the groundhog.

Jordan St.John writes about beer at saintjohnswort.ca. He’s really more of a Notre Dame guy.


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