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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Your Ultimate Super Bowl 6-Pack

With an expected 100 million people tuning in, chances are your plans for Sunday include (if not revolve around) catching the Super Bowl. And what would the big day be without a cold brew in hand? Whether you’re pulling for the Packers or the Steelers, here are six brews that’ll keep all your beer buddies happy no matter who goes home with the win.

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
4.9% ABV, Phoenixville, PA
Planning to do some tailgating before kickoff? Pace yourself with an easy-drinking session beer like the Pikeland Pils from Steelers’ home-state brewery, Sly Fox. Coming in at 4.9 percent ABV, this canned German-style pilsner is crisp, refreshing and won’t leave you snoozing by halftime.

Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Ale
6.7% ABV, Chico, CA
Wisconsin craft brews can be tough to find if you live outside of the Badger State, but Cheeseheads around the country can still chant “Go Pack!” with a bottled homage to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his hometown of Chico, California—Sierra Nevada’s Estate Homegrown Ale calls on organic barley and wet hops that are farmed mere minutes from where Rodgers first picked up the pigskin. What to eat alongside this hoppy IPA? Beer-cheese soup, of course!

New Belgium Abbey
7% ABV, Fort Collins, CO
If your Sunday is likely to be led by a Super Bowl snack attack with loads of cheese, this Belgian-style Dubbel is your beer. Brewed with six types of malt, the bottle-conditioned Abbey ale is rich, complex and bold with a spicy kick.

Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat
4.8% ABV, Chippewa Falls, WI
Anyone hailing from Wisconsin tends to have a soft spot for Leinie, and if you’re a fiercely loyal Packers fan, this is a beer you might want to have flowing freely at your Superbowl gathering. The Sunset Wheat is crisp and smooth with a fruity backbone—perfect if you’re looking for a light beer with some interesting flavor.

Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA
6% ABV, Milton, DE
There’s nothing like an IPA on game day, and with its generous dose of Northwest hops, 60-Minute is one of the best. Its delicious balance of hops and malt will hold up to everything from burgers to barbecue, and it’s a beer that’ll please even your pickiest beer-drinking buddies.

Bosteels DeuS
11.5% ABV, Buggenhout, Belgium
High rollers can hedge their bets with a bottle of DeuS from Belgium’s Brouwerij Bosteels. Made in the traditional methode de champenoise, DeuS is the Champagne of beers—be ready to pop the top when your team takes home a win.