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2012-09-06 09:15:34 AM  
Who cares about NFL cities?

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Good beer is ALL that really matters!
 
2012-09-06 09:16:51 AM  
Huh, that was actually a fun read.
 
2012-09-06 09:17:20 AM  
Way too many local brews in Philly to just pick one.

Why limit yourself to Flying Fish when you can have a Weyerbacher or Victory?
 
2012-09-06 09:17:26 AM  
Houston Texans: Shiner Bock (4.4%) Bock
B&WB reader Joe says, "Lance Armstrong's favorite beer is my favorite too. It tastes like a German beer with Lonestar flavor." Of course, if the Texans take after Lance, they'll win every game by 35 points - or all be suspended. 


No, no, no, no, NO! Wrong!

Shiner Bock is a) made in Shiner, not Houston and b) just better than average. The Correct choice here is St. Arnold's Amber.

/Would grudgingly accept Southern Star Blonde Ale, though it's made in... Huntsville(?)
 
2012-09-06 09:18:56 AM  
I'm going to have to reluctantly approve of the Titans choice.
 
2012-09-06 09:20:16 AM  
Conroe, not Huntsville
 
2012-09-06 09:20:42 AM  
San Diego Chargers and no mention of Oaked Arrogant Bastard?

/FAIL
 
2012-09-06 09:22:08 AM  
AFC North
Baltimore Ravens: DuClaw Brewing Co. Black Lightening (6.4%) American Black Ale


The correct answer is Brewer's Art Resurrection. I would have also accepted Natty Boh (even though it is cheap swill) as Mr Boh is our city's unofficial mascot.
 
2012-09-06 09:23:48 AM  
How about college towns?

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2012-09-06 09:31:19 AM  
Pittsburgh Steelers: Penn Brewing Co. Kaiser Pils (4.5%) North German Pils
Reader Simmons Lauderdale thinks Penn Brewing Company's Kaiser Pils goes great with Terrible Towels and the most violent player in the NFL. Like Todd Haley's new offense, Kaiser Pils packs a balanced attack, with a bready malt base that's nicely contrasted by a traditional German hop finish.


Now, don't get me wrong, I like Penn Brewing as much as the next yinzer, but their beer isn't the best local beer in Pittsburgh. They're probably 3 or 4 behind East End Brewing, Church Brew Works, and/or Full Pint.
 
2012-09-06 09:32:26 AM  

Free Radical: San Diego Chargers and no mention of Oaked Arrogant Bastard?

/FAIL


Thought the same thing, though Stone is located about 30 miles from Mission Valley whereas Green Flash is in Mira Mesa. Their 30th st. IPA isn't bad.
 
2012-09-06 09:36:32 AM  
While I like many of Goose Island offerings, they shouldn't qualify since it was bought by Anheuser-Busch (InBev) last year.
Sorry Chicago.
 
2012-09-06 09:43:53 AM  

AutoBat: While I like many of Goose Island offerings, they shouldn't qualify since it was bought by Anheuser-Busch (InBev) last year.
Sorry Chicago.


Goose is good but they probably should have gone with something from Half Acre or Three Floyd's.
 
2012-09-06 09:45:59 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: Houston Texans: Shiner Bock (4.4%) Bock
B&WB reader Joe says, "Lance Armstrong's favorite beer is my favorite too. It tastes like a German beer with Lonestar flavor." Of course, if the Texans take after Lance, they'll win every game by 35 points - or all be suspended. 

No, no, no, no, NO! Wrong!

Shiner Bock is a) made in Shiner, not Houston and b) just better than average. The Correct choice here is St. Arnold's Amber.

/Would grudgingly accept Southern Star Blonde Ale, though it's made in... Huntsville(?)


I'd also nominate Karbach out of Houston; the Hopadillo IPA is very nice.
 
2012-09-06 09:46:58 AM  

AutoBat: While I like many of Goose Island offerings, they shouldn't qualify since it was bought by Anheuser-Busch (InBev) last year.
Sorry Chicago.


They haven't changed any of the recipes (yet), but I agree with you. Their Honker's Ale is a better Bears choice anyway.

I'd nominate something from Two Brothers or Half Acre instead.
 
2012-09-06 09:47:56 AM  
Best craft brews come from PA, CO, OR, CA. Of course no NFL teams from Portland or LA. I am afraid to see what Jacksonville has to offer.
 
2012-09-06 09:50:44 AM  

bark_atda_moon: AFC North
Baltimore Ravens: DuClaw Brewing Co. Black Lightening (6.4%) American Black Ale


The correct answer is Brewer's Art Resurrection. I would have also accepted Natty Boh (even though it is cheap swill) as Mr Boh is our city's unofficial mascot.


either would have been fine, but Heavy Seas makes some fantastic beers.
 
2012-09-06 09:51:46 AM  
There's no way to pick just one CO beer. But they made a pretty good pick.
 
2012-09-06 09:55:08 AM  

006andahalf: Free Radical: San Diego Chargers and no mention of Oaked Arrogant Bastard?

/FAIL

Thought the same thing, though Stone is located about 30 miles from Mission Valley whereas Green Flash is in Mira Mesa. Their 30th st. IPA isn't bad.


Green Flash has some phenomenal beers in their repertoire.

Three Floyds is also phenomenal.
 
2012-09-06 09:56:59 AM  
Kansas City Chiefs: Free State Brewing Copperhead Pale Ale (6%) American IPA
Reader Brian Divine from The Roaming Pint thinks the sweet-then-bitter flavor of this beer embodies a season spent watching the Chiefs, saying, "It starts with sweet expectations only to be countered by bitter results."


...it's true... it's all true.... *sobs*
 
2012-09-06 09:58:08 AM  

SlothB77: bark_atda_moon: AFC North
Baltimore Ravens: DuClaw Brewing Co. Black Lightening (6.4%) American Black Ale


The correct answer is Brewer's Art Resurrection. I would have also accepted Natty Boh (even though it is cheap swill) as Mr Boh is our city's unofficial mascot.

either would have been fine, but Heavy Seas makes some fantastic beers.


I've never had Black Lightening.... but I'm going to try it... and soon. (Natty Boh is my choice if I'm eating 2 doz steamed crabs)
 
2012-09-06 09:59:51 AM  
Flying Dog is not in DC, it's not even close. Closer to Bmore than to DC and DC actually have their own breweries in the city. DC Brau, 3 Stars brewing Co and Chocolate City are all making beer and distributing it to the public in our great city. Hell, even Port City or Lost Rhino in Alexandria would be closer than Flying Dog. Then there's the brewery in Falls Church, but I forget what that's called.

Also I second Heavy Seas for Bmore. They were correct with Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald for Cleveland though.
 
2012-09-06 10:05:06 AM  

Stimied in a Rut: Then there's the brewery in Falls Church, but I forget what that's called.


dogfish head is based out of delaware. flying dog is better than dc brau, or any of those others.
 
2012-09-06 10:10:28 AM  

Claude the Dog: HaywoodJablonski: Houston Texans: Shiner Bock (4.4%) Bock
B&WB reader Joe says, "Lance Armstrong's favorite beer is my favorite too. It tastes like a German beer with Lonestar flavor." Of course, if the Texans take after Lance, they'll win every game by 35 points - or all be suspended. 

No, no, no, no, NO! Wrong!

Shiner Bock is a) made in Shiner, not Houston and b) just better than average. The Correct choice here is St. Arnold's Amber.

/Would grudgingly accept Southern Star Blonde Ale, though it's made in... Huntsville(?)

I'd also nominate Karbach out of Houston; the Hopadillo IPA is very nice.


Haven't tried it! In my defense, I've been away for over 2 years
 
2012-09-06 10:23:46 AM  
Abita S.O.S. is a fine choice for New Orleans, but these days I'm likely to be quaffing NOLA Blonde Ale or NOLA Hopitoulas from a local brewery that opened up a few years ago.
 
2012-09-06 10:31:49 AM  

SlothB77: Stimied in a Rut: Then there's the brewery in Falls Church, but I forget what that's called.

dogfish head is based out of delaware. flying dog is better than dc brau, or any of those others.


Flying dog is not better than DC brau, IMO. I think DC brau was a great choice for the Redskins. Mad Fox is probably the brewpub you're thinking of in Falls Church.
 
2012-09-06 10:32:05 AM  
I don't have anything against Atwater's Vanilla Porter, but I was hoping to see something from Founders as the Detroit selection.

Also, I just moved from MI to CO. Can anyone suggest some craft beers to try? I've sampled brews from Breckenridge Brewery and Colorado Native.
 
2012-09-06 10:37:33 AM  

SkepticalBeliever: Flying dog is not better than DC brau, IMO. I think DC brau was a great choice for the Redskins. Mad Fox is probably the brewpub you're thinking of in Falls Church.


I tend to agree, although I hope DC Brau starts moving away from the 14 varieties of pale ale / india pale ale / belgian pale ale / belgian india pale ale / extra india pale ale
 
2012-09-06 10:40:02 AM  

grahammi: Also, I just moved from MI to CO. Can anyone suggest some craft beers to try? I've sampled brews from Breckenridge Brewery and Colorado Native.


Anything from Odells, New Belgium Brewing Co. (which is WAY more than Fat Tire), Breckenridge and the Tommyknocker Brewery is a great start.

Colorado is (or at least was for awhile) the craft brew capital of the USA, so there is an abundance of great choices out there.
 
2012-09-06 10:41:38 AM  

SlothB77: Stimied in a Rut: Then there's the brewery in Falls Church, but I forget what that's called.

dogfish head is based out of delaware. flying dog is better than dc brau, or any of those others.


I was thinking of Mad Fox. DC Brau porter is really good as are some of their cask ales. The Chocolate City Copper Ale and Porter are also really good.

Flying Dog is all the way out in Frederick which is closer to Bmore than DC. I was just saying if they wanted to be accurate there are plenty of good breweries in and around DC.
 
2012-09-06 10:45:07 AM  

Station: SkepticalBeliever: Flying dog is not better than DC brau, IMO. I think DC brau was a great choice for the Redskins. Mad Fox is probably the brewpub you're thinking of in Falls Church.

I tend to agree, although I hope DC Brau starts moving away from the 14 varieties of pale ale / india pale ale / belgian pale ale / belgian india pale ale / extra india pale ale


I'd just like them to sell them for less than Dale's Pale Ale. How do I justify $2 a can (local Trader Joes sells DC Brau sixers for $11.99) when $1.50 a can ($9.99) is pretty damn good beer?
 
2012-09-06 10:46:36 AM  
I see the Chargers beer has been discussed, so I'll just make fun of the pic in TFA:

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Three invisible penises.
 
2012-09-06 10:51:32 AM  

Chariset: Kansas City Chiefs: Free State Brewing Copperhead Pale Ale (6%) American IPA
Reader Brian Divine from The Roaming Pint thinks the sweet-then-bitter flavor of this beer embodies a season spent watching the Chiefs, saying, "It starts with sweet expectations only to be countered by bitter results."

...it's true... it's all true.... *sobs*


Are you kidding? I can name six different Boulevard beers that are better than anything Free State makes off the top of my head. Fail, listmaker.
 
2012-09-06 10:51:47 AM  

RsquaredW: I'd just like them to sell them for less than Dale's Pale Ale. How do I justify $2 a can (local Trader Joes sells DC Brau sixers for $11.99) when $1.50 a can ($9.99) is pretty damn good beer?


That sort of thing doesn't bother me as much. I'm personally willing to spend more on what I feel is a better beer. I like Oskar Blues just fine, but I think DC Brau does a better job, PLUS it's local. Brewing is a small margin business, and the margins are smaller the smaller your brewery. Oskar Blues has grown HUGELY over the popularity of cans, which is great, but I prefer DC Brau. Hell, I prefer bottles.

So basically, I'm ok paying more for local that I enjoy a little more. Plus, DC Brau doesn't filter which I feel adds more flavor (I have no idea if they use Biofine though).
 
2012-09-06 10:54:34 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: Chariset: Kansas City Chiefs: Free State Brewing Copperhead Pale Ale (6%) American IPA
Reader Brian Divine from The Roaming Pint thinks the sweet-then-bitter flavor of this beer embodies a season spent watching the Chiefs, saying, "It starts with sweet expectations only to be countered by bitter results."

...it's true... it's all true.... *sobs*

Are you kidding? I can name six different Boulevard beers that are better than anything Free State makes off the top of my head. Fail, listmaker.


True.
 
2012-09-06 10:55:24 AM  
I will vouch for their pick of New Glarus as a newer resident of Wisconsin, though. I spent a few weeks running through every variety of Lakefront, Sprecher, Viking, and Horny Goat (although I have yet to get to Buffalo Water, which I hear is amazing) that I could find, and New Glarus is the best of the bunch so far.
 
2012-09-06 10:55:43 AM  

Station: That sort of thing doesn't bother me as much. I'm personally willing to spend more on what I feel is a better beer. I like Oskar Blues just fine, but I think DC Brau does a better job, PLUS it's local. Brewing is a small margin business, and the margins are smaller the smaller your brewery. Oskar Blues has grown HUGELY over the popularity of cans, which is great, but I prefer DC Brau. Hell, I prefer bottles.

So basically, I'm ok paying more for local that I enjoy a little more. Plus, DC Brau doesn't filter which I feel adds more flavor (I have no idea if they use Biofine though).


I thought they were good, and I bought a couple sixers out of local pride, but I can pick up almost any micro for considerably cheaper. What I really need is to live closer to the brewery and just walk in with growlers twice a week.
 
2012-09-06 10:57:19 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: Are you kidding? I can name six different Boulevard beers that are better than anything Free State makes off the top of my head. Fail, listmaker.


I don't drink. But the feeling of blighted hope and crushed enthusiasm -- that's universal.

/expected it to be a Boulevard brew too.
 
2012-09-06 10:59:44 AM  
As an Eagles fan, I am proud and equally as embarrassed that our beer has the highest alcohol content.

/had to call a timeout before the list started
 
2012-09-06 11:01:34 AM  

Chariset: Incorrigible Astronaut: Are you kidding? I can name six different Boulevard beers that are better than anything Free State makes off the top of my head. Fail, listmaker.

I don't drink. But the feeling of blighted hope and crushed enthusiasm -- that's universal.

/expected it to be a Boulevard brew too.


I dunno, KC is in the playoffs enough (especially in the 90s, when they were in either 8/10 or 9/10 years) that I think we're a step above the Clevelands and Bills of the world. The only moments I can really say that I've felt that are the infamous Lin Elliot fail playoff game in the 90s against Jim Harbaugh and getting our defense absolutely torched in a shootout with the Colts in 200 (3? 4? I'm getting old) when we had the most expensive offensive line in the history of the league. *shrugs*
 
2012-09-06 11:03:12 AM  
Er, 7/10 years in the 90s. Still.
 
2012-09-06 11:09:39 AM  

Claude the Dog: HaywoodJablonski: Houston Texans: Shiner Bock (4.4%) Bock
B&WB reader Joe says, "Lance Armstrong's favorite beer is my favorite too. It tastes like a German beer with Lonestar flavor." Of course, if the Texans take after Lance, they'll win every game by 35 points - or all be suspended. 

No, no, no, no, NO! Wrong!

Shiner Bock is a) made in Shiner, not Houston and b) just better than average. The Correct choice here is St. Arnold's Amber.

/Would grudgingly accept Southern Star Blonde Ale, though it's made in... Huntsville(?)

I'd also nominate Karbach out of Houston; the Hopadillo IPA is very nice.


My brother lives about 10 minutes from Karbach, so we went for a brewery tour last time I was in town. Apparently they've just signed a distributor contract so I can get I'll be able to get it locally (DFW) soon. Their double IPA was outstanding.

/my bro's homebrew is better though
//no seriously, it's freaking amazing
 
2012-09-06 11:28:46 AM  
Good read.

But for Seattle, they could've gone with about a dozen brews made within the city limits that are better than the African Amber. Hale's El Jefe and SuperGoose are two of my current favorites. Elysian's Men's Room is surprisingly good and seemingly always on sale. And if you want to include Oregon as a part of the Seahawk's territory, Ninkasi and Rogue never, ever disappoint.
 
2012-09-06 11:41:16 AM  
Too bad all NFL stadiums as stocked with disgusting watered down light beer (Bud Light) and they charge you $9 for a thimble sized cup on top of the $200 you paid for your ticket.

/I'm just jealous I can't buy alcohol in my favorite college stadium
 
2012-09-06 11:41:26 AM  
Buffalo Bills: Ithaca Beer Co.

How dare they associate a great beer with a shiatty city. Plus, its three hours away. not exactly local.

And one of the Jets/Giants should have been given Brooklyn Lager.
 
2012-09-06 11:52:54 AM  
Way too many over-hopped IPAs. My fellow Americans need to learn that hops are a scapel and not a sledgehammer.

Cleveland Browns: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (5.8%)

I'll buy that. Big Black Smoke might be better, but they don't sell it outside of their pubs.

Houston Texans: Shiner Bock (4.4%) Bock


Are we really considering Shiner a craft beer? I always thought of it as the cheap stuff you could actually enjoy drinking.


Denver Broncos: Odell IPA (7%) American IPA

There has got to be something in central Colorado better than a heavy IPA. Is Fort Collins close enough?

Carolina Panthers: Foothills Brewing Co. Carolina Blonde (4.3%) Cream Ale

Foothills Brewery is in WINSTON-SALEM. If you're gonna just go state-wide, then pick the Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, or the French Broad IPA (that actually tastes like something other than hops). There are actually good breweries in the Charlotte area - Triple C, Olde Mecklenburg, NoDa.

San Francisco 49ers Bear Republic Pete Brown - Tribute Ale (6.3%) American Brown Ale

Was Anchor Steam too mainstream?
 
2012-09-06 12:27:28 PM  

LemSkroob: Buffalo Bills: Ithaca Beer Co.

How dare they associate a great beer with a shiatty city. Plus, its three hours away. not exactly local.

And one of the Jets/Giants should have been given Brooklyn Lager.


It just means that there's nothing good in Buffalo. I'll accept it.

/agree with the rest of this post
 
2012-09-06 12:27:39 PM  
For Indy, Sun King Osiris Pale Ale is good, but Sun King's Wee Mac Scottish Ale is better for fall. Osiris is great for hot days at the track. (The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for non-locals.)
 
2012-09-06 12:31:45 PM  
I remember a bar in Cheney where you could get pitchers of Mac and Jack's for $3 before 3 pm. Oh man, was that awesome during finals week when I'd get done early and go out in "town" (town = 4 bars and a fast-food restaurant that was open 24/7, the only thing in town that actually was open all the time).
 
2012-09-06 12:33:01 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Way too many over-hopped IPAs. My fellow Americans need to learn that hops are a scapel and not a sledgehammer.


Blasphemy!!!!

Sometimes I want a sledgehammer. Other times I want a scalpel. When I want a scalpel, I want that thing sharp! And when I want a sledgehammer, I want it full-bore, all-out...ummmm...hammery.

There's no such thing as over-hopped!

//No such thing "as too much garlic" either.
 
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