Football season is here and you know what that means, don’t you? If we weren’t so freakin’ beer happy all year round, we would call it beer season, because there really is no better way to cheer your team than with a pint or mug of your favorite local craft brew. All season we will be taking a look at the beer scenes in cities representing all 32 NFL teams — from local brewers to beer-centric bars to the finest beer shops.
And if you’re not into sports but enjoy a quality imperial oatmeal stout (it’s OK, we’re not judging), then read on anyway to see how cities across the country are taking their suds more seriously than ever. Up next, the Green Bay Packers.
WHAT TO DRINK
Hinterland’s White Out Imperial IPA: This limited-release IPA is floral and herbaceous, with a deep amber color. It also comes in a bourbon barrel-aged version. Unfortunately, it can be a long wait for this one. hinterlandbeer.com
Titletown Brewing Co.’s Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier: If you love a sort of German-style black lager, this is a great one. Roasted and fruity notes complement the clean, crisp flavors. Easy drinking, with nice complexity. titletownbrewing.com
New Glarus Brewing Co. Black Top: This Black IPA is a complex blend of sharp piney and lemony hops aromas and sweetly caramelized malty flavors. newglarusbrewing.com
WHERE TO DRINK IT
The Bottle Room: Call it a wine bar with some serious extra-curricular activity. It has a lengthy wine list and a beer list to match. Artisanal pizzas, salads, a deft charcuterie program and a half dozen paninis make up the food menu. 2300 Lineville Road, 920-661-WINE (9463), the-bottle-room.com
The Cock & Bull Publick House: This English-style pub located in a historical building has more than 200 beers, with a nice focus on local offerings. A brand new tap system features 25 draft options, including domestic microbrews and imports. 1237 Main Street, 902-264- 8637 cockandbullpub.com
Hinterland: How do bison meatballs and smoked whitefish fritters sound to start you off? This brewpub not only serves up a nice range of house beers, but also has a thoughtful menu sourced from local farms. 313 Dousman Street, 920-438-8050, hinterlandbeer.com
WHERE TO BUY IT
Ridgeview Liquor: A wide selection of domestic, local and imported beer, most are available individually or in six packs. Think Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale and Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale. Also, several craft beers also come by the growler. Check out their weekly tastings. 2265 True Lane, 920-499-6166 ridgeviewliquor02.com
Gokey’s Wine Market: An eclectic selection of brews from far and wide – and also from very nearby. And if you’re with wine drinkers, you can make it a one-stop shop. 1429 Main Street, 920-435-1322
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