A tailgate-friendly craft beer for every NFL city
When glass hits pavement it tends to shatter. The moral: Don’t tailgate with bottled beer.
In the early days of micro and craft brewing, canned beer had a bad reputation; beer-geek approval meant bottles. But over the past decade or so, the craft-beer contingent has fully embraced aluminum. Cans keep beer fresher by shutting out light and oxygen, both of which can skunk a beer. They're more portable than bottles and easier to produce, transport and recycle. And real or perceived, there’s a humility to canned beer that just seems more appropriate in certain settings, especially a football game.
The NFL season kicked off Sept. 5. If you’re after the convenience of cans with a bit more attention to flavor and locality, just about every football fan has options. With the exception of one beer-starved region, I’ve paired a local canned craft beer with each NFL team. Fortunately, no expansion teams started up this year – there’s no room left in my fridge.
Text by Bret Stetka | Photo editing by Mike Hipple
1. Beer must be in cans
2. Beer must be considered "craft" beer.
These parameters are noted in the next-to-last sentence.
If you think Iron City is craft beer, kindly move to the back of the bus. In fact, get out of the bus & lie down in front of it. Does Samuel Adams, Great Lakes or Penn Brewing come in cans? Ummm...no. So unless you plan on being the next Thomas Edison & invent it, we'll strike those & several others mentioned.
Feeling silly yet? Good thing I didn't ask who is your presidential pick.
With 6 Breweries within 5 miles of the stadium you go to one in the Raliegh area for the Carolina Panthers located in Charlotte? Sure you weren't looking for a brew for the Hurricanes' fan's? Get real guys pick something in the area!
no one from Buffalo is going to Rochester or Ithaca to get a beer for their WNY tailgate....at the Ralph or for home. you wasted a potentially good article with a "Buffalo" beer that is more available outside of New York State than available inside.....
there are PLENTY of great LOCAL brews that could have been used here for the Buffalo Bills and you do an injustice to all those that are really enjoyed at one of the premier tailgate citiies of ALL pro sports, let alone the NFL. oh well, par for the Buffalo course.....or is it curse.
Houston Texans should have been paired with any of the fine crafts from St. Arnold's which is brewed in Houston.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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