BrewBrawl Week 3: Chiefs vs Steelers

Welcome back, beer lovers!

This week’s highly-anticipated matchup is: Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburg Steelers

Before kickoff, I must admit– I am very excited to try these two brews. Unlike last week, I enjoyed a variety of brands to pick from, and therefore could draft the most enticing options for each team.

[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 let’s play BrewBrawl!!

Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburg Steelers

ale-to-the-chiefKansas City Chiefs: Ale to the Chief!
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO
[Imperial IPA] 8.1% ALC
70 IBU
Brewed only in election years, referred to as “Presidential Pale Ale” by brewery. Starts off as smooth, malty backbone, with hints of light toffee, as well as citrus and floral notes. Medium body, finishes warm with bitter, spicy hops.

krank-label-1Pittsburg Steelers: Krank Shaft
Metropolitan Brewing, Chicago IL
[German Kolsh] 5% ABV
28 IBU
Clean, crisp apple and citrus flavors with underlying tones of malt, grains, and sweet honey. Light to medium bodied, with faint hops and tart fruits in the finish. Overall a refreshing, great example of the Kolsh style.

As expected, both team brews in this week’s competition scored extremely high. Ultimately, it came down to a technical foul against ‘Ale to the Chief’ for mistakenly marketing this microbrew as an “Imperial IPA”  While surprisingly tasty, it is a bit too sweet and too malty compared with other brews belonging to this category. To make matters worse, their website unsuccessfully rationalizes this mischaracterization as: “Originally brewed to celebrate Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009. We elected to give ‘Ale to the Chief’ a second term to commemorate the 2012 election!​ ​Not an “Imperial” pale ale, this is a democracy. It’s Presidential!”

Err… well, considering that same twice-elected inaugurated president has worked tirelessly to earn the label of “the Imperial President,” along with his tenure being widely-hailed as the “Imperial Presidency,” I’m not sure the folks at Metropolitan Brewery could’ve been more wrong? In any event, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they were sampling too much of their great tasting products for the last 7+ years.

WINNER: Pittsburg Steelers/ Krank Shaft

Be sure to stay-tuned for next week’s matchup: New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers…



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