Super Bowl XLVII: Craft Beer Covers the SpreadJanuary 28, 2013
The fridge at many a Super Bowl party is stocked with big name beers from multi-national brewers. But on February 3, why not celebrate the AFC and NFC champs with craft beer, brewed by small and independent brewers from the teams’ home turfs? After all, the stomping grounds of both the Ravens and 49ers (and even New Orleans, the game’s host city) are home to a number of widely distributed craft breweries. For more local brewery options in each of the team’s states, as well as the rest of the country, visit CraftBeer.com’s Brewery Locator.
Clipper City’s lineup of Heavy Seas beers is so wide and varied that almost anyone will find a style to enjoy, while Flying Dog Brewery’s aggressive and unique interpretations will smack your gums the way Ray Lewis tackles running backs—except in a good way.
Crab is the game day protein of choice in Baltimore, and whether it’s blue and fried or shaped like a cake, the delicate meat and Old Bay seasoning pairs well with a variety of craft beers, including Flying Dog’s Gose, a sour and salty wheat beer with ancient German roots.
49ers | San Francisco, California
One of the most storied and iconic craft brewers in the country calls San Francisco home: Anchor Brewing Company. With origins in the California Gold Rush, Anchor Brewing Company has stood the test of time, weathering numerous challenges including Prohibition, which spelled death for most breweries in the U.S. Best known for their Steam Beer, Anchor offers many other regular and seasonal beers that will turn your tailgate into a celebration not just of the 49ers, but all of San Francisco.
Meats and cheeses may be the simplest and most sublime accompaniments to craft beer, and Magnolia Pub & Brewery pairs their award-winning beers with only the choicest cuts and wedges. You’re Super Bowl spread wouldn’t be complete without a cooler or two, and the incredible designs and expansive lineup of canned beers from 21st Amendment Brewery’s help you celebrate in style.
Superdome | New Orleans, Louisiana
Billed as “a beer for all things Cajun and Creole,” Bayou Teche Brewing Company’s LA-31 Louisiana Pale Ale brewed with Belgian malts and American hops and yeast, sounds like a veritable match for your game day gumbo. Meanwhile, NOLA Brewing can not only be enjoyed at their location in the Irish Channel, but also in the shadow of the Superdome thanks to their snazzy cans.
Halftime | Houston, Texas
Don’t care about what’s happening on the field until halftime? Only in it for the Destiny’s Child reunion? Toast the Houston natives with Texas’ largest craft brewer: Saint Arnold Brewing Company. With their vast variety of regular and seasonal beers, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a perfect culinary accompaniment.
Information for this post was gathered from “Craft Beer’s NFL Season,” a complete team-by-team craft beer guide to the NFL.