Super Bowl Beer + Snack Pairings

Hello and happy Friday before the Super Bowl! Before we get into suggestions for Super Bowl beer and snack pairings, let's take a look at what each team means in terms of beer.

Sam Adams vs. SweetWater Brewing Company

Obviously, the beer that emulates the New England Patriots best is Samuel Adams. You'll probably have your fair share of Boston Lager if you're rooting for the Pats this Sunday. I'm particularly fond of the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Ale.

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Samuel Adams – the beer of Patriots. Photo by Sarah Nichols/FlickrCC.

Atlanta Falcons fans – well, I'm a New England girl through and through, but I do know of one Atlanta-based brewery that's made a name for itself even up this far north: SweetWater Brewing Company. I can envision a falcon swooping down and taking off with that SweetWater fish.

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SweetWater is the beer of Falcons. Photo by thoco77/FlickrCC.

Anyone around these parts who hate the Patriots (cough cough Giants/Jets fans cough) may want to consider trying SweetWater this weekend -- luckily you can find it pretty easily in Connecticut.

Super Bowl Beer + Snack Pairings

Moving on to snacks: If you're like me, you'll be doing some grocery shopping Saturday afternoon to get ready for the big day. With great snacks come great opportunities for beer pairings.

Here are some of the resources I used to come up with Super Bowl beer and snack pairings:

Nachos and jalapeño poppers --> lager

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If it's all connected by the cheese, it's one nacho. Photo by jeffreyw/FlickrCC

A mild, thirst-quenching lager is pairs well with foods with a kick, like spicy nachos or hot hot hot jalapeño poppers.

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Who doesn't love jalapeño poppers? Photo by Jennifer/FlickrCC

Here are some epic nacho and popper recipes to try this weekend:

Buffalo wings/buffalo chicken dip --> American-style pale ale and/or IPA

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Buffalo wings are the ultimate Super Bowl staple. Photo by bunnyojisan/FlickrCC

You'll want to balance a tangy buffalo sauce with something bitter and hoppy that can cut through the sauce and complement it. Bonus: these bold beers can help reset your palate between bites.

Is it your turn to bring the heat to the Super Bowl Party? Check out these wing and dip recipes:

Spinach artichoke dip --> saison

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Spinach artichoke dip is a must for game day. Photo by Amy Ross/FlickrCC

Thick, creamy, cheesy spinach artichoke dip calls for a fruity and spicy saison to counteract the dip's heaviness. Saisons also go well with Romano and Parmesan cheeses, staples for this dip.

The first recipe here is my go-to for spinach artichoke dip:

Pigs in a blanket --> English-style IPA

Pigs in a blanket super bowl beer and snack pairings

Pigs-in-a-blanket are the ultimate crowd-pleasing snack. Photo by David K/FlickrCC

Who doesn't love mini hot dogs wrapped in fluffy crescent rolls? There's a reason these little piggies make an appearance at many parties, Super Bowl or otherwise. They go well with English-style IPAs, which have a more rounded flavor profile between hops and malt than their American counter parts. It's more subdued than the hoppy American IPA, but helps balance the puffy pastry and savory sausage.

It's pretty easy to make pigs in a blanket – just wrap mini sausages/hot dogs in crescent roll pastry and bake until golden brown.

Chili --> porter

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A hearty bowl of chili will warm even the heart even of the person at your party who hates football. Photo by cyclonebill/FlickrCC

A big bowl of chili on a cold Sunday in February will last you all game (especially if you filled up on all these delicious apps before the opening kickoff!) Chili goes well with a porter, a heavy-bodied beer with a roasted character to round out the smoky dish. To that end you'll want to go for a rich chili (especially one that calls for smoked paprika):

Chocolate cheesecake --> stout

Finally, we come to dessert.

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Chocolate cheesecake goes well with a coffee stout. Photo by Neil Conway/FlickCC

A crowd-pleasing cheesecake is the way to go. Make it special by going for chocolate cheesecake – bonus points if you can make your cheesecake into the shape of a football! A rich chocolate cheesecake calls for a rich stout. Its hints of chocolate and coffee make stout a wonderful dessert beer that pairs well with cheesecake. Give Stony Creek's Stony Joe Golden Mocha Stout a try.

And some cheesecake recipes for your convenience:

Enjoy!

What's your favorite Super Bowl snack? Which foods and beer do you like to pair up? 

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