It’s the Patriots vs. Eagles in Super Bowl LII! Kick-off is at 6:30’ish PM Eastern time, and with a 30 plus minute half-time show, you’re easily looking at 9:30 PM for the game to wrap-up. Add pre-game hype and commercials to the front-end (starting lunchtime), and you’re talking 8 to 9 hours of “relaxation” time. Beer choice, pacing, and pairing is paramount, so here is the New England beer line-up to get you through the big event and safely to the other side! Assist on the line-up from Stowe Public House.
Warm-up – Brett & I, a Belgian blonde ale made with the wild yeast Brettanomyces (6% ABV) from Smuttlabs (an offshoot of Smuttynose Brewing Company) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The hoppy-sour flavors of this beer make it great to pair with your buffalo wings and grande nachos.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
Pre-Game Commercials – Palomino American Pale Ales (6% ABV) from Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond, Vermont. … brewed lovingly with a mix of Amarillo, Meridan and Sterling hops. You can safely imbibe a couple of these.
Appearance: 4.0 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0
First-Half – Get the game started with Another One IPA (7.0% ABV) from the Maine Beer Company in Freeport, Maine. Frothy head, hoppy aroma and a great taste!
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.3
Halftime – Prima Pils (5.3% ABV) from Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and with locations around Philadelphia. Based on the typical Patriots’ slow start, it’s likely that the Eagles will be leading at half-time, and their fans will be breaking out their local beers for a victory celebration. Nothing says “we’re winning! (at half-time) than a Prima Pils. Made with Hallertau, Tettnang, Saaz, and Spalt Select hops, Prima is a crisp rendition of this German lager. My great-grandfather would be proud!
Appearance: 4.0 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.2
Second Half – Two Juicy Double IPA (8.2% ABV) from Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Connecticut. Kick it up a notch with this beer … it has pineapple and mango added (“two juicy”), and the fruits are apparent in both the aroma and taste. The high ABV will calm those early nerves.
Appearance: 3.5 | Aroma: 4.2 | Feel: 3.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0
2-Minute Warning! – Revery Russian Imperial Stout (9% ABV) from Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It’s crunch time, and you need to amp up the ABV. Revery will do the trick, bringing to you a classic stout strong chocolate overtones.
Appearance: 4.2 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 3.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0
For Winners and Losers
Patriots fans – Imperial GalaxyC Cirrocumulus Double IPA (7.9% ABV) from Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville, Massachusetts. Aside from all the letters in this beer’s name, it has great aroma, flavor, and a nice kick as you head into post-game highlights. Add your favorite cigar and you’re all set!
Appearance: 4.2 | Aroma: 4.0 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Overall: 4.2
Eagles fans – Say John Saison Series (6.7% ABV) from Highway Manor Brewing Company in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Farmhouse-style ale with a bit of a sour to it. Very good.
Appearance: 4.0 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 4.0 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5