BrewBrawl Week 2: Bears vs Cowboys

Happy weekend, beer fans!

This week we have an exciting match-up: Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys

And while they may be two of the most widely-known NFL franchises, finding their corresponding ‘team beer’ based solely on packaging was a bit difficult this week… You would think there’d be at least ONE beer label with a bear on it somewhere in this relatively trendy liquor store!?  Nevertheless, I am confident you’ll quickly figure-out why I picked these two intriguing craft brews.

[Rules Refresh: Based solely on name and/or label appearance, a craft beer is assigned by me to each team. The matchup’s will reflect the two teams playing Sunday Night Football that week. Thus, all post-season playoff games and championship rounds are TBD.]

Now, without further delay– let’s play BrewBrawl!

Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys

imperial-mugshot-logo3Chicago Bears: Imperial Mugshot
Myths & Legends Brewery, Westmont IL [Brown Rye Porter] 9.1% ALC
70 IBU
Smooth, dark-roasted start with hints of coffee, chocolate, dark cherry and dry spice note on finish. Noticeable kick, yet shockingly drinkable
scape-goat-beer2Dallas Cowboys: Scape Goat Pale Ale
Big Sky Brewing Company, Missoula MT [English Pale Ale, EPA] 5.0% ALC
40 IBU
Vague hops, toasted malt, with notes of caramel and citrus. Refreshing light body and slightly dry finish, making it extremely drinkable.

As someone who enjoys, but seldom drinks the darkest varieties of beer, I was very pleasantly surprised by ‘Imperial Mugshot.’ Despite it’s strong alcohol content and robust flavor, it’s uncharacteristically easy to drink. With ‘Scapegoat’ on the other hand,  I found myself re-checking the label before being disappointed with the lack of that hoppy twinge one expects from a typical Pale Ale. To be fair, I later learned from their website that it is described as a “Classic British Pale Ale with a Montana flare.” In that case, it’s not a bad-tasting beer, but I would suggest they inform the buyer upfront, as the current packaging seems misleading.

WINNER: Imperial Mugshot / Chicago Bears

Be sure to check back next week for: Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburg Steelers…

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