Just like Thanksgiving and presidential elections, Super Bowl parties can’t please everyone. Someone’s gonna want a vegan option, someone’s gonna try to explain why Mike Bloomberg is the best person to represent the values of blue-collar workers, and someone is gonna turn up their nose at IPAs. Luckily, the game will provide plenty of distraction from politics, and you can remind your cousin that five of seven layers of bean dip are plant-based.
As for the beer, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re rooting for the 49ers or the Chiefs, or if you’re just gagging to see J.Lo do a live rendition of her pole dance to Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” from Hustlers, here are five beers to round out your game day spread.
For the 49ers Fans: Anchor Brewing's San Franpsycho
In a tribute to its hometown, Anchor’s new-ish IPA brings the New England hazy style to the West Coast. “The beer is the result of a collaboration between Anchor and San Franpsycho, a Bay Area-based clothing brand and custom screen printer, to celebrate the city and culture of San Francisco,” Jesse Bussard says about the beer.
For the Chiefs Fans: Boulevard Brewing Company’s Easy Sport
“Anyone who has thrown back a post-workout Gatorade will get nostalgic drinking Easy Sport. It’s got all of that hydrating, salty and tangy flavor without the punch of sugary sweetness,” according to Tucker Anders. The Kansas City brewery’s “recreation ale” will keep you “hydrated” from kickoff to touchdown.
For the J.Lo Fans: Threes Brewing’s Yclept
While this year’s halftime performer, Jenny from the Block, doesn’t drink beer—or any alcohol, for that matter—her old stomping grounds make plenty of it. Three’s Yclept is one such offering that walks the line between a hoppy IPA and crisp pilsner. “I don’t really think beer styles matter to a person who’s just looking for a good beer to drink. In the end, Yclept is just that—a damn good beer,” Bussard said.
For the Losers: Half Acre Beer Company’s Gone Away
This beer has gone through two name changes, proving that if at first you don’t succeed, try again. This bracing and bitter beer has a “big, fruity hop flavor and aroma,” according to Anders, and is sure to soothe any sore spots if and when the game doesn’t go your way.
For the Winners: Rhinegeist Brewing’s Bubbles
It’s time to pop the bubbly. In this case, Bubbles is a beer that can satisfy a crowd. The “tart rosé ale brewed with apples, peach, and cranberry began as an experimental release for the Cincinnati brewery, but it quickly climbed in popularity to become a seasonal staple,” Bussard said. Pop open a pink can to toast this year’s Super Bowl champs.