The Giants vs The Pats ‘Beer & Food Throwdown’

With the Giants in “the event which shall remain nameless,” everyone here in Jersey is getting pretty anxious for the big day (aside from those commie Eagles fans down south of course). And we’re guessing that if you’re reading this you’re already starting to think about what tasty craft beverages and delicious eats you’ll be enjoying at kick-off. Wait, isn’t that why we watch this thing in the first place? Anyways, we thought it would be fun to put a spin on your average game day menu and pair up some of our local brews with some traditional New York fare. And only to be fair to you Patriots fans (booooo) we went ahead and came up with a menu for you guys too. Don’t worry; we love your beers and your food, just not your team. So check out our ideas below and then get out there and do some shopping. And let’s go Giants!!

New England Top Picks

 Boston Baked Beans – Chock full of sweet molasses and smoky bacon, this local comfort food is almost as addicting as making fun of that Bah-ston accent of yours. Try these bad-ass beans with a beer that’s rich, malty and slightly sweet like Allagash Dubbel from Portland, Maine. Delicious.

New England Clam Chowder – Hey all you chowdah heads: If you’re smaht you’ll pair this creamy yet briny soup with a full-flavored and roasty porter or stout. Try Smuttynose Robust Porter and you’ll be happy as a clam… (ok bad one).

Lobster Mac & Cheese – Ok, a little more upscale than you Patriots fans might be used to, but allow us to jazz things up a bit. This super rich and uber-fattening dish screams for either something hoppy like Smuttynose IPA or something with a good amount of carbonation and alcohol like Allagash Tripel. Either way, wicked good.

Fish & Chips – Simple New England grub at its best. Grab a beer with a moderate amount of bitterness to cut through the grease, but not too much as to overwhelm the fish. An English-style bitter or Pale Ale like Cisco Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale or Geary’s Pale Ale would be rock-stah.

New York Fan Faves

Pastrami Sandwich – Where would New Yorkers be without the pastrami piled high on rye with a big slab of spicy brown mustard? Let’s not think of a world like that. Pair this monster of a sandwich with a spicy and hopalicious Sixpoint Righteous Rye, brewed right in downtown Brooklyn!

Manhattan Clam Chowder – Yeah. We got a chowder too, you know. It’s not something you may think of for the Super bowl per se…this is purely here for competition, of course. Why not have a little ‘chowder throwdown’ on the big day? If you’re game, grab a Jersey-brewed River Horse Hop Hazard to go with this local rendition. This combination of sweet malt and bitter hops will team up nicely with the herbs and acidity of the red broth.

Meatball Hero – Of course, the meatball hero. Grandma’s meatballs and sauce heaped onto a big Italian hero and smothered with cheese….fahgettaboudit. While stuffing your face with this colossal indulgence, take a timeout for a few sips beer. A slightly sweet, caramelly and moderately hopped amber ale like River Horse Special Ale would be delizioso!

Cheese Pizza – If you’re just looking for ‘a slice’ in one hand and a beer in the other, grab something equally as simple like a crisp, clean and refreshing lager. Go with Sixpoint Crisp Pils, River Horse Lager or Cricket Hill East Coast Lager. Or if you’re craving something with a little more oomph, an IPA will never let you down. Try Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA or River Horse Hop-a-lot-amus.

Knishes – Say what? Hey, they actually serve these at Giants Stadium. Pretty sure the secret behind every big Giants win is a good knish. Ok we made that up. But if a savory knish is just what you’re after, grab a River Horse Belgian Tripel Horse to wash it all down. This Belgian beauty will pair nicely with any good knish, regardless of the filling.

And if you’re out and about bar-hopping in Jersey for the game this year, be sure to keep your eyes opened for NJ Beer Company on tap! Their Hudson Pale Ale, Garden State Stout and 1787 Abbey Single will go well with any of your favorite bar foods from nachos and buffalo wings to chili and pulled pork sandwiches!

Here are some other New York/New Jersey beers to try:

Sixpoint Sweet Action
Cricket Hill American Ale, Hopnotic IPA

And…some other New England brews to try:

Ipswich IPA, Original Ale
Wachusett Blueberry Ale
Smuttynose Star Island Single, Big A IPA
Allgash White, Dubbel

And for more “Game Day” food and beer fun, be sure to tune in to the Today Show this Friday Jan 27th between 10:30 and 11am when Cisco Whales Tale Pale Ale will be featured as the Patriots go to craft beer!

Cheers and may the best team (the Giants) win!


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