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As probably some of you have noticed, this week is the start of football season, and my favorite item this week is sports blog Sports On Earth matching a beer to each of the 32 NFL teams.

This article is all about beer: good beer, bad beer, real beer, near beer, local brews, national brews, porters, lagers, ales, weird chemical slurries concocted in Anheuser-Busch laboratories, stuff your grandpa drank, stuff your hipster brother-in-law drinks (false distinction: same stuff), beer you would walk a mile for, and beer that makes your garbage disposal gurgle and stink when you pour it down the drain.

Just as every cheese has its perfect wine, every NFL team has its perfect brew. Here's what to drink while watching each NFL team. The choices take into account geography, team quality, beer quality, tastes and trends, plus that je ne sais quoi that comes naturally to a thirsty football writer who often says things like "Invert Cover-2 Defense," "hints of raspberry and rye in the finish," and "je ne sais quoi."

 Some good ones:
Oakland Raiders: Anything in a 40-ounce bottle
As a Raiders fan, I'm sick of the stereotype that Raiders fans are gangbangers and thugs. But trying to match a beer to the Raiders team quality had me thinking "pour-it-out sour homebrew".
Pittsburgh Steelers: Iron City Light
Here's a history lesson for all of you young-but-legal drinkers out there. Twenty-something years ago, regional beers were undrinkable swill... The IC I drank... may have been filtered through L.C. Greenwood's tube socks. The beer had a harsh, medicinal aftertaste, but the worst thing about it was its mouth feel. It was oily, as if the beer had separated like salad dressing. But it was 90 cents per can at a downtown bar, so many painful cans and draft glasses were choked down.
Possibly the best description of an awful beer I've ever read.
San Diego Chargers: Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
Arrogant Bastard has far more character, and is far more interesting, than the San Diego Chargers. The beer should never overwhelm the team, but Diet Sprite could overwhelm the Chargers, so you might as well go for the gusto. Plus, Arrogant Bastard Ale may well have been named after former general manager A.J. Smith.
San Francisco 49ers: Anchor Steam Beer
Anchor Steam is a Joe Montana beer in a Colin Kaepernick world... Anchor Steam was craft before craft was cool... a classic the way the Bill Walsh playbook is classic. ... Anchor tastes a little quaint in a world filled with Belgian Trappist Trippel Cask Aged Read Option Select Reserve, but quality is quality...
Check out what to drink with your favorite team.

I'll be out meeting a friend for some beer consumption and may not have much to say tonight. What are you drinking?

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  •  Hawaii has no NFL team but if it did..... (6+ / 0-)

    .....I think the beer would be "Big Wave" by Kona Brewing Company. It's a beer that when you take that first sip, you just say "Where have you BEEN all my life?"  

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:56:10 PM PDT

  •  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U18VkI0uDxE (3+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, high uintas, ruleoflaw

    Why seek revenge, when you know that Karma will get the bastards anyways.

    by LamontCranston on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:04:46 PM PDT

  •  I don't know if AB is the best one (8+ / 0-)

    for San Diego. I think Port Brewing's Wipe Out fits us better.

    Tonight I met up with a friend at a place in Carlsbad called 83 degrees.

    The burger I had was delicious and they have a great list of beers on tap.

    Started with a St. Archers IPA then had a Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA.

    The Burger:

    Also tried a splash of Abita Brewings Jockamo IPA out of New Orleans. Eh, it was ok, not great. Was surprised to be able to get it out here.

  •  MN Vikings have a good beer (4+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, high uintas, Grainpaw, texasmom

    Fulton makes good beers, though I'm more fond of their Lonely Blonde.

    In brewery related news, we are going to have to change our name. I'm in the process of doing that, which sucks and will cost a bit. Have a new website:

    http://fourelementsbrewing.com/

    No beer again tonight, but Sunday should be a good day around here:

    https://www.facebook.com/...

    We have 22+ bushels of apples to turn into tasty juice, and then into hard cider. Nom. I'll have our beers on tap for the folks who show up to help in the conversion process. Feel free to drop by!

  •  Yo esquimaux! (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Grainpaw

    Here's a preview of an upcoming poem:

    Bar Dice

    Over bottles and glasses on the bar
     the sad murmurs and soft clucks.

    A dice cup tockles out the bones
     "Horse apiece".
     "Boxcars".
     "Snake eyes".
     Loser buys the round.

    Raffle tickets for a dollar,
     six for five bucks.
     Whatever happens, happens.

    What though you are lucky or unlucky?
     The price of a drink is the same.
     If love were only so certain,
     there would be more empty stools
     in this tavern.

    Yeah, a couple more.
     You thirsty?
     Make it three, Freddy.
     Thanks.
     Prosit.

    Your thoughts?

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:49:37 PM PDT

  •  Tomorrow I will have a big bottle of Taj Mahal (5+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, Calprof, texasmom, ruleoflaw, Ian S

    beer with great Indian buffet in Central Square, Cambridge at Shalimar of India Restaurant.  It is fit for for an Emperor.  If I tell you of the sublime texture of Saag Paner, spinach with cheese cubes, and a swig of Taj you will not recover your senses friends, joy to all and
    as Franklin said we know god loves us because he gave us beer.

  •  I favor constitutional separation (2+ / 0-)
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    of beer and sports. One Saturday afternoon in October about 15 years ago, I was at a dinky little local Oktoberfest where I was running a homebrew contest and offering tastes of my beers. We were in a room that was part of the route to the bathrooms. I was showing a how to brew video on a VCR. A guy walked through headed to the toilet, and as soon as he saw a TV on, without bothering to see what was actually on screen, he said, "What's the score?"  I was so disgusted that I gave the remote to whoever was in the audience next to me, and I walked out for about 20 minutes.
    I also have unpleasant things to say about the Beer Drinkers of America lobbying organization, which was a thinly disguised front for megabreweries and Organized Sports to get beer drinkers to sign a petition against Congress raising beer taxes in the late 90's, in order to preserve advertising revenues. Misleading false pretenses all the way. But that's another story, if I ever find my notes. I recall that membership fees were maybe 5% of the BDA's total income, after I got the non-profit financial statements from the California Secretary of State's office. At some point during my phone call to the president of the BDA, I must have mentioned that I owned a home brew shop (in WV). About three days later, I got in the mail from some outfit in Indiana or Illinois a catalog of sporting events all across the country which I could advertise at or otherwise sponsor. The BDA had to have telephoned, not mailed my info to them, totally ignoring that I had questioned their veracity, and revealed their true colors.
    Several times I've had students from local high schools call me to buy advertising in football programs or whatever, and I have to explain that I run a homebrewing and winemaking supply shop, and sometimes they shut up, and sometimes they go on about how the parents would see it. Even my own wife did that to me once for a grand-daughter's team, but at least it was her money. And once it was a scam artist. The school in question had no such sponsorship program.
    Drinking the first glass of the ginger ale sludge (used lemon and ginger) version of my low gravity Saison. This is the best one yet.There is finally some flavor in there that doesn't come from the assertive Belle Saison yeast. This is something I want more of next summer.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:12:38 PM PDT

  •  Tonight (3+ / 0-)
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    Calprof, bsegel, ruleoflaw

    Uinta Hop Notch.  I lived in Northern California for a while but Raiders fans were mostly working class (South and East Bay) and I'm sure things have changed since I used to hang around the barbershop in san Jose (bud light all the way).

  •  Anchor Steam (2+ / 0-)
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    ruleoflaw, bsegel

    Anchor is definitely right for the 49ers.  Like the Niners and the short passing game, they did microbrew before anybody else, and now, like the West Coast Offense, they are diversifying and producing seasonal brews and one-time specials.  

    I'm drinking an Anchor California Lager right now, actually...

    Thanks for the thread!

    •  Canadeo Gold (1+ / 0-)
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      bsegel

      was a fine choice for the Packers. This from a fan who knows who Tony Canadeo was, as well as Arnie Herber, Clark Hinkle and the rest of those leather-helmet heroes.

      Drinking what might have been Packers 1st runner up, New Glarus Edel-Pils.

      Good luck to your Niners on Sunday. We'll be watching the same game.

      Go Pack!

      I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

      by ruleoflaw on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:53:39 PM PDT

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  •  For Houston (2+ / 0-)
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    bsegel, ruleoflaw

    It has to be St. Arnold's.  Elissa IPA is my favorite in their regular line, but their recent ICON series (especially the Blue: Cascadian Dark Ale) has been very impressive.

    Just had a Deschutes Black Butte Porter this evening.  Which team goes with that fine brew?

    San Diego can only be worthy of the awesome Stone Brewery if they bring back the powder blues...and win a Super Bowl.

  •  All Sierra Nevada tonight starting with.. (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    the Pale Ale and ending with what I think is a new seasonal from them - to me at least - Flipside Red IPA.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:06:45 PM PDT

    •  How was the red IPA? (1+ / 0-)
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      Ian S

      I'll have to look for that.

      •  Generally not crazy about red ales... (1+ / 0-)
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        bsegel

        but this one is still an IPA which is my favorite style. Very dark amber, malt clearly present, kinda earthy. But nice hoppy bitterness too especially afterwards. Lots of lace if that appeals. Nice change of pace and seems to fit with the end of summer although in Phoenix we can't really tell that it's September. ;)

        Has Sierra Nevada ever produced a real dud? It's amazing to see that they can continue to produce top quality products at reasonable price as they grow large. Where I buy my beer, the pale ale is the cheapest craft beer if for no other reason than it's the only one available in a case of 24 which, being from Canada, is the way I was used to buying beer before moving to the USA many years ago. But even a 12 pack of Torpedo is only 12 bucks!

        Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

        by Ian S on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 08:50:34 PM PDT

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  •  arrogant bastard is a head trip (1+ / 0-)
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    bsegel

    but a great beer.

    Personally I'm looking forward to Märzen time again and with a little luck I might even get to have some from München

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