Super Bowl Beer and Snack Pairings

(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.

sam adams patriots

Samuel Adams – the beer of Patriots. Photo credit: "Sam Adams Brewery Beer Garden" by Sarah Nichols is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Philadelphia Eagles fans – as a New England gal, I am not on your side, but I do side with your beer. How about some Evil Genius?

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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:

Nachos and jalapeño poppers --> lager

nachos super bowl beer and snack pairings

If it's all connected by the cheese, it's one nacho. Photo credit: "Mmm... nachos" by jeffreyw is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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

Super Bowl poppers

Who doesn't love jalapeño poppers? Photo credit: "Homemade Poppers" by Dan Neff is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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

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

Super Bowl beer buffalo wings

Buffalo wings are the ultimate Super Bowl staple. Photo credit: "Spicy Garlic" by Ginny is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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

dip super bowl beer and snack pairings

Spinach artichoke dip is a must for game day. Photo credit: "Spinach Artichoke Dip" by Amy Ross is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.o

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 credit: "Pigs in a Blanket" by David Kessler is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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

chili super bowl beer and snack pairings

A hearty bowl of chili will warm even the heart of the person at your party who hates football. Photo credit: "Chili con carne" by cyclonebill is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

cheesecake super bowl beer and snack pairings

Chocolate cheesecake goes well with a coffee stout. Photo credit: "Turtle Cheesecake" by Neil Conway is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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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