Labor Day has come and gone and that means one thing – FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY. Whether you’re a college football fan, NFL purist, or can’t get enough of both, then fall is your time to thrive. If you’re anything like me then you have a standing appointment at Noon CST with your couch, your television and your favorite snacks starting September 10th until the playoffs. Whether you have been granted championships past your wildest dreams, or watch every Sunday, hoping for even one win during the season – we all have one thing in common. A great beer (Or two) makes every game better – no matter who you pledge allegiance to.
We matched beers to your favorite NFL teams, so you know exactly what to drink this football season!
New England Patriots
Dogfish Head – 90 Minute IPA
90 Minute IPA has been in production since…2001. I’ll give you one guess as to when The New England Patriots recent dynasty began with their first Super Bowl win. You guessed it – 2001. For close to 20 years, The Patriots have been a constant in the NFL, only missing the playoffs 2 years since 2001. Every year it’s like we know exactly what we’re going to get with this team. That is exactly how I feel with Dogfish Head 90 Minute. It’s one of the tastiest IPA’s on the market today, and whether you are getting it fresh from a tap or are cracking open the iconic pink labeled bottle – you know exactly what you’re going to get with every sip. And it’s going to be pretty freaking good. Just like the Patriots. (That last part was written in truthfulness, although begrudgingly)
NoDa Hop Drop n Roll
Russell Wilson and The Seattle Seahawks won The Super Bowl in just his second year at quarterback and have been strong since, and are considered strong favorites for the NFC championship this year. NoDa Brewing’s ‘Hop Drop n Roll’ is a relatively new beer – but still manages to blow away the competition.
The Atlanta Falcons were humiliated in front of the world when they let up a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl and eventually lost. I don’t think the ridicule has stopped, nor will it ever. They’re still a great team – but could not put the exclamation point on the game that day. Allagash White is one of my favorite Witbiers – but is often overlooked by many by other, flashier beers.
Green Bay Packers
Many thought The Packers would fall into a lull after losing Brett Favre – but their current quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, made sure that did not happen. He has helped keep the Packers never too far from the top. Stone Brewing’s IPA has helped ensure Stone Brewing’s constant domination in the craft beer world.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout
The Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Steel Curtain’ defense of the 1970s propelled them to multiple super-bowls. Today they are led by one of the league’s toughest quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and perhaps the best back in the league, Le’Veon Bell. New Holland Brewing’s Dragon’s Milk Stout is just as tough. It’s aged in a bourbon-barrel and its roasty malt character is unmistakeable.
“Whatever’s On Tap”
I hope Oakland doesn’t get mad at me for saying this – but The Raiders are still a big question mark for me. Derek Carr is coming back from a season-ending injury and we don’t know if Marshawn Lynch’s return to the NFL will be as explosive as his time with the seahawks.
New York Giants
Revolution Anti-Hero IPA
The New York Giants lead the league in playoff appearances with 31. They are a big market team and they know it. They are led by star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for a superstar duo. Revolution’s Anti-hero IPA out of Chicago knows its a superstar beer and isn’t afraid to show it.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Lovingly called by many as ‘America’s Football Team’ The Dallas Cowboys are more an icon in this nation than a team. After a few off-years they returned to the playoffs last year under the leadership of rookie breakouts Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale has been brewed since 1981 – and each sip today is as good as it was in 1981.
Kansas City Chiefs
Bell’s – Two Hearted Ale
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale isn’t like the typical hop-bomb IPAs. It prides itself on balance of flavors. It has a great malt taste, a hoppiness without overdoing it and any beer drinker can enjoy it. The Kansas City Chiefs have emerged in the past few years as a playoff NFL team. They’re coached by an extremely conservative Andy Reid and are led by an even more conservative quarterback – Alex Smith. They may not be in many highlight videos – but expect to see them in the playoff race this winter.
3 Floyds Dark Lord
The Cardinals have found a great rhythm under the leadership of coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer. Their games may not be horribly exciting, but at least they’re winning. You might have to wait all day for a deep ball from veteran Carson Palmer – but when it hits it’s soooo worth it. Very similar to 3 Floyds and their Dark Lord days. The wait in line will be so worth it when you finally crack one open.
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
The Tennessee Titans are another question mark. Marcus Mariota is coming back from injury but will have the help from rookie Corey Davis alongside veteran Eric Decker. Will they both live up to the hype? Who knows. Firstone Walker’s Wookey Jack is a black IPA. When someone describes it to you, you’re not sure what you’re going to get. Will the ‘black’ stick out or the ‘IPA?’ Just have to find out.
Oskar Blues – Dale’s Pale Ale
I’ll admit that I’m a Chicago Bears Fan. I’ve watched The Lions be handed their division on a silver platter but somehow still lose it. It’s hard for me to expect more from it. Dale’s Pale Ale is mainly remembered for putting craft beer in a can. Its flavor is alright. Just like the lions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been trying to make a splash the last couple of years. The addition of star quarterback Jameis Winston has definitely helped that. But truth be told – they’re a fun team to watch. It’s like trying to get your friend to taste a grapefruit beer. He’ll love it almost as much as Jameis loves crab legs.
Founders Breakfast Stout
The Houston Texans are a defensive powerhouse. You have JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney lining up opposite each other with one goal – catch the quarterback. Their defensive core on paper – shouldn’t work so well together. A group this volatile? No way. But guess what – they make it work! Founders Breakfast stout somehow takes the best chocolate beer aspects with the best parts of coffee beer and even throws in some oatmeal beer into a cohesive powerhouse of a beer that is respected by many across the craft beer world.
21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon
The Miami Dolphins have a great core of players – but the question is will they work well together. If players like Jay Cutler and Jay Ajayi can play as one cohesive piece, they will be hard to beat. Many are surprised at 21st Amendement’s Hell or High Watermelon beer – but in actuality it is crafted in such a fashion that both parties shine perfectly.
Breckenridge Brewery – Vanilla Porter
Von Miller and the rest of the Broncos defense led this team to a Super Bowl victory in 2016. A new confident Trevor Siemian has earned the starting job – but will still depend immensely on that strong defense. Much like Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. It has a strong traditional porter foundation but is made even stronger with vanilla beans to truly create a new beer-drinking experience.
Haymarket Angry Birds Rye IPA
The Redskins are anything but a sure thing this year. They are led by Kirk Cousins who is on a one-year contract for the second year in a row. Will the pieces come together and bring glory to Washington? Haymarket’s Angry Birds beer is a combination of a Belgian pale ale and an IPA – a process in which Haymarket has mastered. It only works with precise skill.
New Orleans Saints
Victory Brewing Company – Prima Pils
The New Orleans Saints are the opposite of The Houston Texans. They are led by gunslinger Drew Brees – and an almost non-existent defense. On paper, it wouldn’t work – but they are actually pretty dang good. Victory Brewing’s Prima Pils flips the switch on pilsners. It makes sure to tell everyone that pilsners can be great too!
Smuttynose Brewing Finest Kind IPA
Philadelphia is a hard city to play in. If you’re not performing – you will get booed. Even if it’s by your own fans. 2nd year QB Carson Wentz still has a lot to prove in this city – much like if you try to give your friend a Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA. The label might be different, and the bitterness is definitely on another level – but somehow… it works.
Capital Brewery Autumnal Fire Doppelbock
Sam Bradford had to take over the Minnesota Vikings after an injury led starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater injured. Not a lot of people believed that you could put Sam Bradford into Minnesota and have him succeed – much like many thought that a brewery in Wisconsin could not thrive in this unique German style lager.
Los Angeles Chargers
Bell’s Hop Slam
Not a lot of people know what we are going to get from the Chargers team that was recently uprooted from San Diego. Will Philip Rivers come to play? Will Melvin Gordon exceed expectations? Will Keenan Allen’s knee hold up this year? Bell’s crafts this 10% ABV ale every winter. But it always leaves just as many questions. Why doesn’t it taste like alcohol? I usually don’t like super strong beers, why do I like this? And ‘What is this unique flavor?’
Three Floyds Zombie Dust
The Ravens are a team that depend on their quarterback more than most. When Joe Flacco is elite, the entire team is elite. Three Floyds truly finds it flavor from the Citra hop. Without it it would not have the undeniable tropical fruit flavors that many beer drinkers hold close to their hearts.
Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin
The Panthers went from being in the Super Bowl to having a 6-10 season the next year. They are a team that is out for redemption. Cam Newton hates losing and he’s not afraid to show it. In May, Lagunitas sold to Heineken. Many craft beer fans were afraid that Lagunitas would lose its signature flavor – but Lagunitas is determined to ensure that quality stays the same.
Half Acre Daisy Cutter
The Bengals have been a roller coaster of a team these past few years. They have a habit of making it to the playoffs, getting fans’ hopes up and then being knocked out in the first round. Half Acre’s delicious Daisy Cutter has a distinct flavor profile that keeps beer drinkers on their toes…. Much like the Bengals. It has the traditional strong hoppiness that comes with most IPAs with a citrus juiciness that can’t be matched.
Alesmith Brewing Company Horny Devil
Ah. The Chicago Bears. They have one goal this year – to remove themselves from ‘laughing stock’ territory and be somewhat formidable. Mike Glennon is the Bears started for now – but no one would be surprised if rookie Mitch Trubisky took the reigns halfway through the season. Who knows what will happen. Alesmith’s Horny Devil is a Belgian Ale that has some of the traditional Belgian flavors – but has a handful of added flavors that transcends traditional Belgian ales. Say it with me Bears Fans – let’s transcend expectations!
Cascade Brewing Apricot Ale
The Bills have an extremely dedicated fan base. They lovingly call themselves ‘The Bills Mafia.’ This group of fans have not seen the playoffs for 18 straight years though and they are getting restless. The front office has no problem dealing players until they try to find something that fits – so there is credit to be given there. So maybe time is the answer. Cascade Brewing’s Apricot Ale spends a year in oak barrels – and then a few more months with fresh apricots to give it its complex, strong flavor.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Well, starting quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be playing week 1 – so the Colts hopes for an undefeated season aren’t very high. But they still have hope. This is a team that went from Peyton Manning to yet another generational quarterback in Luck. You know there’s always a chance of winning with this team – just like every time you take a sip of Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. You know it has a chance of once again becoming your favorite beer as it has become in years past.
San Francisco 49ers
Odell Brewing Company 90 Shilling Ale
The 49ers have more to be excited for than a lot of bottom of the barrel teams. Brian Hoyer should be decent at quarterback especially with the QB heavy offense they will be running – and their defense isn’t anything to scoff at. This team will not have a lot of surprises this year – but will slowly start improving for years to come. Odell Brewing’s Shilling Ale is a safe beer for most beer drinkers to enjoy.
Los Angeles Rams
Funky Buddha Brewery Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
The Rams know exactly what they’re going to get this season. They’re a young, hungry defense with a young – still learning quarterback. They will hit some growing pains – but they should be able to take every hit as a learning stride this season. This maple bacon coffee porter tastes exactly like it sounds. Nothing more, nothing less.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
You know what – I’m up on the Browns. They have decided to start their rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer straight out of Notre Dame – giving him some meaningful reps in an otherwise meaningless season. Things have been bleak for a while – but maybe, just maybe there’s a hope on the horizon. Kind of when you are looking for a great craft beer – and see a short beer selection. Sam Adams is technically a craft beer. Better than nothing.
Jacksonville Jaguars / New York Jets
Maybe I haven’t watched either team enough. Or maybe I’ve seen them too much – but as of September 6th – it’s hard for me to pair these teams with anything other than a strong cold, Natty Daddy. It comes in at a cool 8% ABV – so grab a few of these and crack them open as that loss column continues to build up.
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