Best drinks for ‘Beer Bowl’

Denver Broncos

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The Broncos walloped last year’s champs the Baltimore Ravens in the first game of the season immediately marking them as Super Bowl contenders.

Coach: John Fox
Quarterback: Peyton Manning
Key players:
Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Knowshon Moreno, Terrance Knighton

Compared to the Seahawks the Broncos appear a slightly more rounded team even if it’s more offensively minded.

The Broncos offensive season was all about breaking records. Headed by (has to be) future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, the Broncos likewise enjoyed a 13-3 regular season (losses to the Colts, Patriots and Chargers) but won their division and secured the first seed in the AFC.

Manning threw an NFL record of 55 touchdowns during the regular season for over 5,000 yards – he threw the NFL record of seven touchdown passes in the first game of the season against last year’s champions the Baltimore Ravens the game finishing 49-27.

The Broncos too had homefield advantage for the playoffs and saw off the Chargers and Patriots when it mattered, handing Tom Brady’s Pats a particularly sharp defeat in the AFC Championship game.

The Broncos offense is listed number one in the NFL and with Manning at the helm they are pass heavy and have the receivers to make the catches too.

Look out for Julian and Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker in the passing game.

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“Pot Roast” sacks Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III

The defense is a little weaker but tightened up later in the season and into the playoffs and has been a lot stingier with both points and yards allowed. The cornerstone (literally) of Denver’s defense is Terrance Knighton, a 6 foot 3, 335lb defensive tackle with 31 tackles and three sacks under his belt who’s affectionately known as “Pot Roast” (above).

The Broncos will be many people’s favourites because of the experience of Manning but is there too much pressure on him? He knows this could his last throw of the dice to get another win and cement his legend, will that be weighing on his mind more than the game?

Beer

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Colorado, where, as Lloyd declares in “Dumb and Dumber”, “beer flows like wine”.

The state is one of the top beer producers in the US, largely due to Budweiser and other big breweries having sites in the state but it’s one of the leading craft producers too and is sometimes referred to as the “Napa Valley of beer“.

Colorado beers have graced the pages of db and other sites recently especially as Manning declared after the Chargers game he was looking for a Bud Light.

As Colorado has one of the largest and proudest craft brewing traditions in the country (the first permanent structure is said to have been a saloon), the good brewers of Denver, Boulder and thereabouts decided he needed a little re-education in what being a loyal citizen of the Centennial State means.

Left Hand Brewing dutifully sent three cases of its beers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High explaining in a letter it was a “better play call”.

West Flanders then got into a little trouble with the famously litigious NFL for using certain “marks” in a beer it brewed in honour of the Broncos/Patriots game.

It quickly changed the “Brett on the Broncos” name to “Omaha! Omaha! Brett!” – a reference to a play call Manning has been using a lot this season (is it a run play? Is it a pass play? What does it mean?).

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Thanks Peyton

So there are two candidates right there. Left Hand’s Milk Stout was recommended by the Denver Post as one of its beers of the year and it was one of the cases sent to Manning, the other two being the Polestar Pilsner and Sawtooth Ale.

Unless West Flanders decides to rebrew “Omaha” for the Super Bowl it’ll be difficult to get hold of and its draft only. Try instead its Hoffmeister Pilsner, Lion Hear Stout or Belgian inspired Angry Monk.

Other good Colorado breweries include: Great Divide, Denver Brewing Co, Oskar Blues, Odell and Wit’s End.

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