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October 23, 2018

5 Game Day Food and Beer Pairings That Win Every Time

The Bowl is upon us. All of America holds its breath to see which team will win. For some, the night will end in joyous uproar at the victory of their chosen team. For others... not so much. The good news? Beer and snacks never lose. Especially if you pair them right.

This is what you should be serving on Game Day. 

Wings + American Lager

The humble wing is a mainstay of any Super Bowl gathering. And if you're going to go with the classics, you might as well stick to it with your beer, right? Plus, wings tend to be fairly overpowering. An American Lager is crisp, clean, and goes down easy. It provides a great counterpart.

NOTE: Learn exactly how to brew an American Lager HERE.

Nachos + Witbier or Hefeweizen

The world is your oyster here. Almost any beer pairs well with nachos, but here are a few suggestions for something new and exciting. Try serving a Witbier or Hefeweizen with spicy cheese. The banana and clove flavors from the beer will add a much loved complexity to the run-of-the-mill nacho.

Meat-Lovers' Pizza + Double IPA

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” We for one, couldn’t agree more. Which is why, sometimes, we like to be lazy and just order pizza.

There are a litany of great choices for delivery pizza pairings. Try a big Double IPA with your meat lovers. The high bitterness and huge hop profile will cut right through all of the grease.

Hazy Eights Double NEIPA

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Plinian Legacy Double IPA


Margherita Pizza + Pilsner

If going with classic Margherita instead of a meat-loaded extravaganza, try a lighter beer such as a pilsner or an English pale ale. You don't need a DIPA's muscled hoppiness to go toe-to-toe with Cheese Only. Instead, lighter beers will not mask the fresh, subtle flavors of the tomatoes and mozzarella.

For our complete list of pale ale recipes, click here.

Guacamole + Amber Ale

The whole world is crazy for guac, and we aren't going to argue. If going with an avocado-based dip, try an amber ale. The increased hop bitterness will help to cut the richness of the avocados, but the caramel notes will balance the spice and salt.

Hopefully, we've given you a few ideas to spice things up this Sunday night! However, keep in mind that these pairings are simply suggestions. In the end, the right beer pairing comes from the one you like best. Cheers.

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