(Editor's note: This post was originally published on Feb. 3, 2017. It has been updated re-published for the 2018 Super Bowl.)
Hello! It's almost 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. Evil Genius Beer 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.
Anyone around these parts who hate the Patriots (cough cough Giants/Jets fans cough) may want to consider trying Evil Genius this weekend. Try the I Love Lamp, a pineapple hefeweizen. I had it a couple weeks ago at Cask Republic in New Haven and it is refreshing.
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 Super Bowl beer pairings.
Here are some of the resources I used to come up with Super Bowl beer and snack pairings:
- Beer and Food Chart via CraftBeer.com
- Beer and Food Pairing Chart via Bottleneck Management
- Beer and Food Pairings via Epicurious
Nachos and jalapeño poppers --> lager
A mild, thirst-quenching lager is pairs well with foods with a kick, like spicy nachos or hot hot hot jalapeño poppers.
Here are some epic nacho and popper recipes to try this weekend:
- Epi's 50-ingredient Super Bowl nachos
- Green chile chicken nachos
- Loaded guacamole nachos
- Bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers
- Crispy deep-fried jalapeño poppers
Buffalo wings/buffalo chicken dip --> American-style pale ale and/or IPA
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:
- Classic buffalo wings
- Frank's RedHot buffalo chicken wings
- Buffalo chicken dip
- Slow-cooker buffalo chicken dip
Spinach artichoke dip --> saison
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
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. Boom: Easy snack to pair with your Super Bowl beer.
Chili --> porter
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 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.
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:
What's your favorite Super Bowl snack? Which foods and beer do you like to pair up?