Best drinks for ‘Beer Bowl’ 2016

The teams:

peyton manningDenver Broncos
Coach: Gary Kubiak
Quarterback: Peyton Manning (pictured)
Key players: 
Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, CJ Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders

As was abundantly clear in the intro, Colorado is a state that likes its beer. As well as its proud craft brewing scene it’s also the home of Coors Brewing, which was founded in the state in 1873 and today is part of multinational brewing conglomerate, Molson Coors. As Lloyd declares in ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Colorado is the land where “beer flows like wine”.

For the discerning Broncos fan, therefore, there really is no other choice than beer and what a choice there is.

Coors and Coors Lite are of course viable options but that would be to ignore the produce of those 235 craft breweries already mentioned.

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Good names to look out for are Left Hand Brewing, West Flanders (makers of the ‘Brett on the Broncos’/’Omaha! Omaha! Brett!’ for Super Bowl XLVIII), Great Divide, Denver Brewing Co, Oskar Blues, Odell and Wit’s End.

For those of you who are more cocktail-inclined, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company in New York has come up with two simple mixes for each team’s quarterback (see Cam Newton’s below).

For Denver’s Peyton Manning there’s ‘The Sheriff’ – a nod to Manning’s nickname – which is a mix of Bourbon, orange curaçao and ginger beer.

The Sheriff:
Ice cubes
1 oz. bourbon
2 oz. orange curacao
4 oz. Natalie’s Orchid Honey Tangerine Juice ginger beer
Orange peel and blueberries to garnish

Fill a glass with ice cubes.  Pour bourbon, orange curacao, and tangerine juice in the glass and stir. Top up the glass with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with a generous piece of orange peel and a couple blue berries.

Click here for more breweries.



Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers
Coach: ‘Riverboat’ Ron Rivera
Quarterback: Cam Newton (pictured)
Key players: Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen, Josh Norman, Jonathan Stewart

If Colorado is a craft beer geek’s paradise then the Carolinas, sadly, are not. There are still plenty of good breweries to choose from though. The ‘Beer Advocate’s’ top-rated brews from North Carolina include offerings from Olde Hickory Brewing, Foothills brewing, Wicked Weed, Green Man Brewery, Pisgah Brewing and NoDa Brewing.

If Carolina still has a way to go to catch up with Colorado in the brewing stakes, it’s got history in other booze-related areas.

North Carolina is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and with it the whole ‘Moonshine’ legend which stretches across the Appalachians.

‘Moonshiners’ of times past might have spent their time running their hooch about in secret but you can buy perfectly legal whiskey from Carolinian distilleries today.

Nor should it be forgotten that the Carolinas are also home to the world’s oldest and most extensive collections of Madeira.

As one of the few wines capable of surviving the Atlantic crossing and the near-tropical summer conditions (on account of its fortification and highly oxidised production), Madeira became extremely popular with southern – and in particular Carolinian -businessmen and plantation owners.

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Not to forget the quarterback-themed cocktails from Natalie’s Juice Company, Panthers fans might want to tuck into ‘The Cam Do’ – a rather electrifying blue cocktail involving the company’s blue basil lemonade, curaçao and basil maple syrup.

One might also riff on the American South’s love of iced tea and create a Carolina-inspired ‘Long Island Iced Tea’.

The Cam Do:
ice cubes
2 oz. blue curacao
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. basil simple syrup (see below)
Natalie’s Orchid Lemonade
Basil leaves and blueberries for garnish

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Pour the blue curacao, vodka and basil simple syrup into the glass and stir to combine. Add lemonade to fill the glass. Stir and garnish with basil leaves and a pick of fresh blueberries.

Basil Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. fresh basil chopped

Bring water, sugar and basil to a boil. Boil one minute or until the syrup dissolves. Strain basil leaves from the syrup.  Allow the syrup to cool completely, store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Click here for breweries in N. Carolina and here for breweries in S. Carolina.

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