BrewBrawl Week 4: Giants vs Packers

Another great autumn weekend, another amazing opportunity for two of my favorite things–
football and craft beer!

This Sunday’s matchup, New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers, has all the makings of a very interesting game. While both are recent Superbowl champions, the 2016-17 season is off to a rocky start, with both unexpectedly defeated by the injury-plagued Minnesota Vikings.

As for their respective brews, I am anxious to see how this week shakes-out. While ‘The Creature” Black IPA had been drafted for the Packers in week 1, one of my go-to American Pale Ale’s was absolutely the perfect fit for the Giants… So, without further delay, lets play BrewBrawl!

[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.]

New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers

dales-pale-aleNew York Giants: Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Brewery
[American Pale Ale] 6.5% ABV
65 IBU
Assertive but not overpowering. Medium bodied, prickly, slightly resinous with lively carbonation. Easy to drink with a clean finish.

the-creature-web1Green Bay Packers: The Creature
Urban Legend Brewing Company
[Black IPA] 8.5% ALC
85 IBU
A sturdy dark, malty flavor with rich, fruity hop aftertaste. Creamy, medium body making it easy to drink.

While it is clear these two beers could not be more different, the authentic deliciousness of ‘The Creature’ Black IPA was far-and-away the star of this game. Don’t get me wrong, as previously stated, I frequently buy and enjoying drinking Dales Pale Ale; especially when I am entertaining and want a reliable, middle of the road American Pale Ale option for my guests. And still it’s clear, ‘The Creature’ is not your typical beer, but the stuff of champions.

WINNER: Green Bay Packers/ The Creature

Please be sure to join me next week for: Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans…

 

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…

 

 

Let’s Play… BrewBrawl!

We’ve all skimmed those bland reviews for appealing craft beer. But in the midst of 2016 politics, it only seems fitting to trash convention and embrace the outlandish— well, at least for the remainder of football season.

Therefore, with exceeding eccentricity, I am honored to present the first official season of “American BrewBrawl!”

The rules are simple: 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.

So without further delay, let’s play to this week’s BrewBrawl Matchup!
(Sorry fans, but I’m still in the process of recording the theme song.)

Minnesota Vikings  vs. Green Bay Packers

beard-of-zeus3Minnesota Vikings: Beard of Zeus, Short’s Brewing Company
[India Style Pale Lager, aka IPL] 5.3% ALC
82 IBU
Adventurous flavor profile of hops, honey, and lemongrass. Medium body, not too sweet with a light, lingering bitterness.

the-creature-web1Green Bay Packers: The Creature, Urban Legend Brewing Company
[Black IPA] 8.5% ALC
85 IBU
A sturdy dark, malty flavor with rich, fruity hop aftertaste. Creamy, medium body making it easy to drink.

This was a very heard decision as both are great beers in their respective categories. What ultimately tipped the scale towards Beard of Zeus was the unusual hop-quality coupled with ease of drinkability.

WINNER: Beard of Zeus / Minnesota Vikings. 

Stay tuned for next week’s matchup: Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys…