Best drinks for Superbowl XLVII

Baltimore Ravens

tempRavensPatriots20--nfl_mezz_1280_1024Coach: John Harbaugh

Quarterback: Joe Flacco

Form: The Ravens only just missed out reaching last year’s Superbowl after a 12-4 season, losing out to the New England Patriots post-season.

John Harbaugh is in his fifth season with the team. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw 3,817 passing yards in 2012 and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

The Ravens defence is also strong, with defensive end Haloti Ngata making 51 tackles and five sacks throughout the season.

The Ravens had to contend with three opponents postseason. First was the wildcard Indianapolis Colts who they beat 24-9.

Second were the Denver Broncos (38-35) and then up against their old nemesis the Patriots, who this time they trounced 28-13.

Drinks: Flying Dog Brewery; Maryland Chardonnay, Finger Lakes Riesling

Baltimore (Bowlermore) is a beer drinking city and Maryland a beer drinking state (alongside whiskey of course as fans of The Wire will know).

Best of all, it’s home to the infamous Flying Dog brewery with its Ralph Steadman designed labels – try the classic pale ale or Gonzo imperial porter for extra clout.

The Brewers Association of Maryland website lists other brewers of note, Clipper City Brewing Company, DOG Brewing Company and Union Craft Brewers are a good place to start.

As ever with the US it is easy to forget that it is not just California that makes wine.


Let’s party: Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter

Maryland has boasted a winemaking tradition since 1945 and apparently grows everything from Albariño to Zinfandel.

However, the east coast is gaining more fame and praise for its whites than its reds and as the Ravens will be playing in white jerseys on Sunday, supporters are advised to find themselves a Chardonnay or Pinot Gris from the main growing area known as Piedmont Plateau.

The Maryland Wineries Association website can help out with producer suggestions.

Ravens fans in the UK may find access to Maryland wine quite difficult so as a substitute (and sticking to the east coast) why not try and track down some Finger Lakes Riesling  from neighbouring New York state (if the Giants and Jets fans will let you have it of course).


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