It's the game you've all been waiting for - the Super Bowl. You've got the full spread lined out on the table - buffalo chicken wings, bacon beer cheese, and just about every bag of chip they offer down the snack isle. And the beer? You better stock up on some quality brews to go with all the tasty snackage.
After all, the last thing you want to do is take an extended commercial break to run down to the corner store and miss out on all the action. You also don't want to get a little too beer enthusiastic and wake up during halftime wondering what happened in the first two quarters.
Luckily, the invention of these seven sessionable beers will keep you in the game. Coming in at 5 percent ABV and under, these totally crushable beers have all the flavor you want without calling it naptime before you get through the tailgating.
And while we appreciate the classic patriotic lagers, these lucky number seven deserve to be added to the starting lineup - and you'll have no need to take them out of the game. These are the beers you want, with the ABV you need.
1. Founder's All Day IPA
Looking good tall boy! All Day IPA 19.2 oz cans will start to show their face in a couple weeks in NJ. NOW YOU CAN MAKE ALL DAY LAST LONGER! . . . #Founders #brewedforus #BrewedFor #craftbeer #drinkcraft #craftbeergirl #craftbeergeek #beerstagram #beerporn #beersofinstagram #instabeer #instabrew #mibeer #njbeer #Founders #beerselfie #beergeek #beertography #micraftbeer #alldayipa #allday #stovepipe #cans #tallday
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
If you're only going to choose one brand to drink this Super Bowl, make it the All Day IPA. Brewed for the all day imbiber, it keeps you on an even playing field without going overboard.
Like Founder's says, "keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your sense sharp." And you'll need sharp senses to get a head start on next year's Fantasy Football.
2. Lagunitas Day Time IPA
Location: Petaluma, CA - and then some
They may be praised as the last small brewer to can, but they are at the forefront of taste - especially when it comes to Day Time IPA. This fractional IPA is precisely what you want from a daytime drinking session.
All the glory of a dry hopped IPA, at only a fraction of the ABV. This way, you can make it through the game. And the best part is, it's now year round, and available basically everywhere.
3. Ballast Point Even Keel
Even Keel Session IPA / Ballast Point Brewing Co The ever reliable squad from @ballastpointbrewing laying down a lesson in sessionable, hop-driven beers. Plenty of activity on the pour, presenting a reasonable foamy head. Smells of bright and zesty citrus with only a hint of tropical fruit. Easygoing on the palate, not overwhelming, whilst remaining supremely flavoursome. Could sit on these all day ?Juicy mandarin, citrus zest and paw paw develop into a clean, rounded finish. Nicely bitter at first, but still sweet and offering a balance of maltiness which is quite pleasant. Simple and well put together, plus at 3.8% ABV it's a winner afternoon beer. #beer #craftbeer #craftcans #session #IPA #evenkeel #ballastpoint #ballastpointbrewing #spiegelau
Location: San Diego, CA
The name says it all. If you're looking to stay even keel this Super Bowl and not wind up drinking beer monster style - aka shirt over head - then you better stick with this.
Citrusy, herby hops with a balanced malt backbone will keep you from grandpa-ing out on everyone without sacrificing taste. Oh, and if you're feel extra lucky, then try the Mango version.
4. Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA
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Location: Paso Robles, CA
Passing up on a Union Jack is hard. Real hard. But luckily the line of Firestone Walker presents an exceptional beer for every occasion. And when it comes to a daytime drinking session, Firestone new that Easy Jack was the answer.
Massive hops with a balanced malt, this is the session beer that will win your team the Super Bowl. Or at least taste like it in the drinking process.
5. Avery Joe's Pilsner
Avery Brewing - Joe's Premium American Pilsner. A contemporary rendition of a classic style, Joe's is hopped with purpose: beautifully bitter and dry with an abundance of floral, Noble German hops. #BeerOfTheDay @averybrewingco #AveryBrewing #JoesPilsner #Pilsner #CraftBeer #Colorado #StoneDistributing
Location: Boulder, CO
Sometimes, it can be hard to break away from your star players and take a chance. But if you're a light beer drinker looking to get a little crazy this super bowl, go with Joe's pilsner.
This American-style lager has bitter and floral hops that satisfies tastebuds, while maintaining an easy going ABV. If you're looking for that extra oomph to your lager, then this is it.
6. NoDA Jam Session
Location: Charlotte, NC
Get your game face on, and drink something crushable. Like Noda's Jam Session. Okay, so it may be 0.1 percent over the mark, but we're rounding down, right?
Anyway, this American style pale ale has all the malt backbone from Maris Otter and Caramunich malts you want, while embracing all the pine and citrus hoppy notes you crave.
And when you're done with the game, maybe you'll be inspired to have band practice after and rock out with your new song about the winning touchdown. Or better yet, leave the singer to the half time performers and stick with the beer drinking.
7. Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower
Location: Houston, Texas
Whether you're a Patriots fan or a Falcons fan, root for the under dog and go local. After all, Super Bowl LI is in Houston, Texas. That's why you should pick up a 6-pack - or two - of Fancy Lawnmower beer.
This German-style Kolsch is crisp, refreshing, and born right out of Houston, Texas. To sum it up, it's the lighter beer you want, without the watered down taste.