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January 30, 2014

Craft beer playbook open wide for big game

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Super Bowl is all about the spectacle. Whether it’s the food, the commercials, the half-time show, the game itself, it’s got to be big and brash.

Which is why you have no excuse for drinking some watered down, mass market beer this year. We live in an age of seemingly limitless craft beer choices, making it easy to find truly fine brews worthy of drinking during the Feb. 2 showdown between Seattle and Denver. And for inspiration, you need look no further than the teams’ home states.

SEATTLE

While Seattle is more famous for coffee than beer, Washington State is still home to around 160 craft breweries, as well as the source for many of the hops used in beers worldwide.

Seahawks territory includes Redhook Ale Brewery, which offers Audible Ale, a pale ale created along with sports broadcaster Dan Patrick. The beer, which refers to the term when a team changes its play at the line of scrimmage, is a medium-bodied beer with a mild hop bitterness. Redhook also features Long Hammer IPA, which uses hops during and at the end of fermentation to give it a certain bitterness with a pine and citrus flavor.

Seattle also is home to Elysian Brewing Co., whose lineup features Immortal IPA and Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout. The brewery, which was founded in 1995, says it takes a Northwest interpretation of the classic English style India Pale Ale and loads it with New World hop flavor and aroma. The stout combines sweet cream and rich chocolate flavors with Stumptown Coffee to keep you on the edge of your seat during the game.

Seattle’s The Pike Brewing Co., located near the famous Pike Place Public Market, features Pike Pale Ale, a medium-bodied beer with a crisp, citrus flavor balanced with hints of caramel from the malt. Its Scotch ale, Pike Kilt Lifter, has the sweetness from the toasted malt with a hint of smokiness.

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