With the Super Bowl but a week away, it's time to start stocking your fridge with your favorite beer. But instead of reaching for a Bud, opt for a brew hailing from the state of your favorite team.
If you're rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, try one of these Pennsylvania-based beers:
Troëgs Hopback Amber and Nugget Nectar: If you like your beers with a fragrant hop profile, try these two amber-hued beauties from Harrisburg's best brewery. The caramel-nuanced Hopback is suitable for four quarters of sipping, while the imperial-strength Nugget Nectar (a seasonal released in February) packs a piney, earthy punch that'll hit you like a Troy Polamalu tackle.
Victory Brewing Prima Pils: As a hopeful indicator of the game's outcome, order a case of Downington-based Victory's pitch-perfect pilsner. It's plenty effervescent, with a snappy hop bite that'll keep you coming back from kickoff to the final whistle. Hopefully, Ben Roethlisberger will take a knee in the, yes, victory formation.
Yuengling Lager: If you dig the Steelers' time-honored tradition, try this traditional lager from America's oldest brewery. Since 1829, Pennsylvania's Yuengling has been pumping out this balanced, smooth-drinking amber lager that has a touch of caramel sweetness -- unlike any members of the Steelers, mind you.
Our picks for Green Bay Fans after the jump. If you're pulling for the Green Bay Packers, sip one of these beers brewed in Wisconsin:
New Glarus Spotted Cow: Not a drop of New Glarus' excellent beer is distributed outside the state, meaning you must live in Wisconsin -- or smuggle a six-pack across the border -- to savor the Spotted Cow. The cloudy, bottle-conditioned ale is a creamy treat suitable for celebrating an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass.
Sprecher Black Bavarian: Toast the green and yellow with this pitch-black, German-style lager boasting aromas and flavors of cocoa and java. Despite the brew's dark due, it's as smooth and refreshing as Clay Matthews' hair is long.
Lakefront IPA: Schlitz? Meh. My favorite Milwaukee beer is Lakefront's namesake IPA, a hazy sipper with an aroma like grass and fresh-squeezed grapefruit. There's plenty of bitterness, too, but the beer's also got a backbone -- like how the Packers' defense should stand up to the Steelers' running game.
What beers will you be drinking during the big game? Spill it in the comments.
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