With Superbowl Sunday coming up this weekend, there are sure to be a lot of great parties to attend. If you happen to be hosting one, choosing the right beer and food selection is vital. But first, let’s review some stats…
This Sunday, Americans will consume more than 50,000,000 cases of beer. Yes, that’s 50 million cases! And that’s just here in the U.S. With the Super Bowl being an international spectacle, I image that this number more than doubles when you look at international beer consumption. Here in America, we will spend more than 10.8 billion dollars on beer that will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday (enough to buy 10 Stealth Bombers!). We will make 1.4 billion trips to the bathroom and that will require 2 billion gallons of water to flush down. Stats show that more people go during the game action so that they do not miss the commercials. Crazy!
So, why so much beer? Well because beer is delicious and it pairs well with a variety of foods! And since Super Bowl Sunday is second to only Thanksgiving when it comes to food consumption in America, we will need all that beer to wash down the more than 1.2 billion chicken wings, 14 million hamburgers, 11 million pounds of chips, 4 million pounds of pretzels, 8 million pounds of tortilla chips, 13 million pounds of avocado’s that we eat during game-day parties. Don’t forget the pizza… According to Domino’s Pizza, they will sell more than 11 million pizzas this Sunday alone.
So with all of this great food on the table, let’s make sure that we have the right mix of beer. This year, at my party, I will serve a mix of great local and national craft beer as well as some domestic and light beers.
I’ll start with a local favorite, Adirondack Bear Naked Ale. I like this beer because it is a nice, easy drinking, “middle of the road” beer. It is not overly hoppy nor overly sweet. It goes down easy and pairs with a variety of great food. At 5.2% alcohol, it’s stronger than most domestic beers but won’t kick your butt too bad if you have a few of them.
I’ll also serve a national favorite, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This beer to me is the perfect beer! It leans toward hoppy at 37 IBU’s and has a perfect malt touch to keep it balanced. This beer is 5.6% alcohol, but surprisingly only has 175 calories in 12 oz bottle. This beer pairs perfectly with wings, ribs, burgers etc. and does the nice job of cleansing the pallet after each bite of food that you take. Wanna mix it up a bit? Try them in 12oz cans. Delicious.
Finally, a must have at all parties is a domestic light beer. I know, I know…the craft beer nerds will get all upset that I say this, but consider this: out of the 50,000,000 cases of beer that will be consumed in America this Sunday, 94 percent of them will be domestic light beers. That’s 47 Million cases! So I offer this beer at all of my parties because statistics tell me that is what people like to drink. Plus just because I’m a craft beer enthusiast, does not mean that everyone else is. It’s only 4.2% alcohol and 96 calories so people can enjoy a few without filling themselves up too much.
Regardless of what you serve this Sunday or where you indulge in the game, please be responsible and have a designated driver. Martin, Harding & Mazzotti is providing FREE cab rides from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. If you have too much to drink on Super Bowl Sunday, please call 1-800-529-1010. Enjoy responsibly! That way you can join one of the 7,000,000 people in the USA that will call in sick on Monday!
My Pick: Bronco’s 24, Seahawks 23