Inspired by Draft Magazine’s Superbowl Pairings
, we thought you’d like to see some local, Colorado pairings for Sunday’s big game. And for those that don’t give a lick about football… insert important night that is complete with munchies, here_____ (board games? soccer? American Idol? Face Off?).
Braised Short Ribs, from and Odell Cutthroat Porter: The slight smokiness and meatiness of this well balanced porter complement the ribs’ taste. Enjoying them together will be an experience where one pushes the others’ flavor further, then blends.
Twice Baked Potatoes and Oskar Blues’ Deuce (a brown IPA): The Deuce has the best of both worlds… maltiness and hoppiness. The body of a brown ale can stand up to a starchy potato any day, but with bacon, cheese, and chives in the picture, the hoppiness will help pull out more flavor from the potato, while cleansing your palate while you drink.
Tangy BBQ chicken wings and Tommyknocker’s Maple Nut Brown Ale: Maple Nut Brown Ale is an easy drinkin’ ale with a sweet side, just like barbeque wings. The sweetness of each will not be overwhelming, but delectable. Maple Nut’s malty side will blend well with the slight smokiness in the barbeque sauce (we suggest Kraft Thick and Spicy!).
Fresh Guacamole and Tortilla Chips, with New Belgium Shift: This Pale Lager is the closest craft beer equivalent to a mexican type beer, PLUS more flavor! Our homemade guac is garlicky and full of fresh lime and red onion. Those are bold flavors that require a crisp, refreshing beer that can ride along side the guac and salty chips, not over power it.
Local Beef Swedish Meatballs and Avery IPA: The hoppiness and bitterness of IPAs are a welcome contrast to the sweetness and richness of meatballs. IPAs help clean the palate of the delicious grease and creaminess found in the meatballs, while providing a contrasting flavors and therefore, balance overall.
Bison Sliders and Wynkoop’s B3K Black Lager: Mmmm… I’m picturing Bison sliders with a slight char from the grill pairing well with a light bodied black lager. This black lager is easily quaffable, smoky, roasty, and has both light malt and hop taste. It’s refreshing and should weigh in well with Bison, the leanest red meat on the market.
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale (a 2012 GABF gold medal winner): Every party should have a little dessert, even if it’s only imbibed! This blonde ale is light, fruity, and would pair well with the chocolate in the cookies. Both the cookies and the beer are light enough to have a few and still feel great.
What are you drinking and eating this Sunday? Feel free to send your own pairings to our Facebook page.