Hopefully you know by now that this Sunday the New England Patriots are playing against the Seattle Seahawks in the 49th annual rendition of the NFL Championship Game (whose proper name can’t be used in this blog post because we live in an incredibly litigious society). I’ve written a couple of posts pertaining to the Big Game and what’s at stake on Sunday, but somehow, I missed the most important story line of all: Harpoon vs. Elysian.
That’s right, Harpoon, the Boston-based brewer that helped popularize the now ubiquitous IPA, has entered into a friendly wager with Seattle’s own Elysian Brewing Co. (who are most well known for their own Immortal IPA). Both breweries have offered up three kegs of their finest brew and the parameters of the bet dictate that the loser must tap the winning brewery’s kegs and fly their corporate flag outside the brew pub until every last drop is kicked.
Now, call us crazy, but we think that there’s no real “loser” to be had in this situation. Elysian (recently purchased by Anheuser Busch) and Harpoon are both breweries noted for excellence in craft and they both produce absolutely world-class brews. If you’re a beer lover in Washington state, there are worse fates than being “forced” to enjoy a pint or three of Harpoon and the reverse holds true for brew hounds in Beantown being exposed to some Elysian delights.
So, ultimately, I guess, it’s not so much “Go Patriots!” or “Go Seahawks!” as it is “Go beer!” And that’s a beautiful thing.