Super Bowl Beers and Beyond

Hello all, check out this “Beer Super Bowl” article from last years’ big game. It mentions some nice beers and gives a blow by blow comparison of each brew! I definitely want to try Brooklyn Lagerout the Brooklyn Lager after reading this bit, versus Sam Adams Boston Lager:

“Sam Adams and Brooklyn both pack their lagers with the floral aroma and flavor of German Noble hops, and they temper the hop bitterness with a sturdy and sweet malt backbone. The similarities end there, however. Brooklyn Lager is also brewed with American Cascade hops, which lent the distinctively citrusy and spicy hop flavors that gave it the edge in our taste test. The hop flavors are further enhanced during brewing by a process called dry hopping, which the brewery’s website describes as ‘the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation.’

This extra step pays dividends in terms of the lager’s depth of flavor. And, while the hops were what first stood out when we sampled the brew, Brooklyn Lager’s caramel malt sweetness provided balance and ensured that the hops were not all that we tasted.

Hoppy bitterness was less evident in the Sam Adams, and it tasted too sweet and even somewhat watery—like a mass-produced brew crafted to appeal to, well, the masses. And it is, of course, a mass-produced brew. Their output of 1.5 million barrels per year doesn’t come close to that of the world’s brewing giants (Anheuser-Busch, for example, produced nearly 125 million barrels in 2006), but it makes Sam Adams the largest craft brewery in the country. While its flavor and depth are many degrees more intense than beers like Budweiser, it tasted like Sam Adams has muted some of the unique flavors—the outsized hoppiness and subtle malt sweetness—that were once their hallmarks. Sam Adams Lager is a dependable and solid brew, but it tastes like the brewers are playing it safe. Brooklyn, on the other hand, is not. Craft beer fans demand bold flavors, and Brooklyn Lager delivers.

THE WINNER: New York’s Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Lager is a versatile beer that pairs well with just about any food. Its hoppiness helps it to stand up to spicy foods such as Buffalo wings, Mexican food and chili. It’s a perfect match for pizza, and it also goes well with smoked or grilled meats.”

Did your favorite brew stand up to the Super Bowl food favorites this year, like Brooklyn Lager does?


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