Sunday is a momentous occasion, not only because the Denver Broncos are in the Super Bowl for the first time in 15 years, but also because the Super Bowl is ranked second behind Thanksgiving in number of total calories consumed by Americans in one day.
The stress of enduring hours of tackling, sacking (not PFM), and the best advertising of the year requires calories, hello. But, why not make them count with some great beer pairings or, even better, beer in your food?
Black Shirt Brewing Co. partnered with Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe to create a pork brat using BSB’s Red Porter. With 80-pounds of pork, a sixtel of porter, and seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, mustard, white pepper, and thyme, this brat is slightly smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory all at the same time. Serve on a brioche hot dog bun with Dijon mustard or spicy aioli and caramelized onions. Pair with BSB’s Red Porter or Red Saison. Can’t make it to BSB before Sunday? Hit up your local liquor store for a nice peppery Saison like Funkwerks’ Tropic King or Renegade’s Redacted Rye IPA.
While the Red Porter brat is at the top of our list this Super Bowl Sunday, here are some other ideas for #SB48 pairings – yes we just spoke in hash tags #OMG.
For beer pairings, we chose Colorado brews that are around 5% ABV so that you can drink more of them and sustain a healthy buzz throughout the game… after-party is your own thing.
Chips & Salsa, Dry Dock Brewing Hefeweizen (4.3% ABV)
Whether you like mild or ghost chili-infused salsa, Hefeweissen is a dead ringer for Mexican food. The rich, creamy mouth-feel mellows the heat, while a hint of clove melds with cilantro and the yeast’s sweet banana character refreshes the palate.
Green Chile, Crazy Mountain Brewery Lava Lake Wit (5.2% ABV)
In homage to one of Denver’s flagship dishes (sorry New Mexico, it’s true), the Lava Lake Wit pairs with the heat and earthiness of a robust green chile. The sweet malt backbone deflects the spices while the carbonation and orange peel lifts the heaviness of the chile, then is mellowed by soothing chamomile.
Chicken wings, Epic Brewing Escape to Colorado IPA (6.2% ABV)
A nice citrusy IPA with a big punch of hops up front, this Epic brew can cut the heat from buffalo or spicy BBQ sauce while the malt melds with the sweet and savory character of the chicken. The tropical aromas of Mosaic hops also provide a great contrast to the acidic nose of wing sauce.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Prost Dunkelweiss (4.2%ABV)
Available in growlers at most local liquor stores and at the brewery taproom, the slightly sweet maltiness of this brew can stand up to the savory fat of the pork while melding with not only the sweetness of the meat, but any BBQ sauce you may mix with this crock-pot favorite.
Pepperoni Pizza, Odell Brewing Company 90 Shilling (5.3% ABV)
The mild sweet heat of pepperoni with its fatty mouth-feel plays off the rich malt backbone of 90 Shilling. The carbonation has a “scrubbing bubbles” effect, prepping your palate for the next bite of cheesy goodness – the weight of which is lifted by a snap of hops at the finish.
Cupcakes, Crooked Stave Cranberry & Spice Vieille (4.5% ABV)
We’re stealing one from Steve at the CBG here but it’s a great pairing. Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and orange & blue sprinkles pair great with the dry cranberry character of the Vieille artisanal saison, plus the beer is light and flavorful, allowing you to get through the whole Broncos winning the Super Bowl celebration. Even better, try this beer with Funfetti or Red Velvet cupcakes – they may not be Broncos orange and blue, but are still a rocking pairing.