I posted a tweet earlier this week asking for suggestions on what I should drink during the Superbowl party. While seemingly very simple I consider this a very interesting and very important question. See I don’t like football. I go to a Superbowl party every year and rarely do I watch much of the game. My favorite Superbowl memory is Bruce Springsteen sliding crotch first into the camera in 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOhhEMn-8D8). So I go to the parties for the social aspect. I get to hang out with friends, drink, and eat. The Superbowl simply provides a great excuse. So what to drink actually becomes a very important question. @brewersofcanada of course replied with “Canadian Beer”, @mikelillie claimed there is no option but to drink Bud Light (while that is one of my least favorite beers on the planet I can see where he is going with it), @beerhunter4u replied and suggested I pick up some Crazy Canuck and 666 Devils Pale Ale, and finally I caught another post that argued there is no place for wine on the Superbowl menu.
Playing the wine blogger and devils advocate I would argue you can very cleverly pair many wines with your classic chicken wings, chili or nachos (perhaps a riesling, chianti, or a cava). Really any classic Superbowl munchie could be paired with the right wine. However the realist in me also doesn’t see wine playing much of a role in the Superbowl festivities.
All of these folks make very interesting comments and in my opinion all are in a way right. If you’re going to go watch the Superbowl just make it a beer. There is not much more synonymous with American football than beer. But as much as I would almost always agree with the pro Canadian sentiments of @brewersofcanada I think I have to go American on this one. But sorry @mikelillie I’m not going Bud Light I will be showing up with something quite a bit more tolerable… Rolling Rock it is.
Enjoy the game and whatever it is you choose to drink.
Follow me on Twitter: @towineman