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Wisconsin vs Pennsylvania Brewery Showdown

Sunday, February 6, Pittsburg Steelers vs Green Bay Packers. Superbowl is one of my favorites, even though my Colts aren’t there this year, game day still gives me the opportunity to try, and entertain with, new brews from the two teams respected territories…

From Pennsylvania We Have:

Victory Brewing Company — Downingtown, PA

Prima Pils, crisp clean, delicious with German malts and German and Czech hops at 5.3% ABV.

Hop Devil, IPA, using German malts and whole flower American hops at 6.7%ABV.

Hop Wallop, heavenly aroma of pine, something to wallop over 8.5% ABV.

Golden Monkey, Belgian style with asian spices, at a whopping 9.5% ABV.

Weyerbacker — Easton, PA

Double Simcoe IPA, This is a double IPA using only Simcoe hops from the west coast, you are going to have hints of orange in this one! 9% ABV

Insanity Barleywine, aged in oak barrels. Rich malty goodness with hint of raisins and dates. Finishes with beautiful flavors of oak, vanilla and bourbon. 11.1%ABV

Yuengling — Pottsville, PA

America’s oldest brewery, established in 1829. Their signature ingredients are American six-row and imported two-row barley malt using cluster and cascade hops.

Troegs Brewery —  Harrisburg, PA

Current Seasonal: Nugget Nectar, an Imperial Amber with, you guessed it, Nugget Hops being very predominant in this one: American Bitter Hop blended with that of Warrior and Tomahawk hops. 93 IBUs 7.5% ABV

HopBack Amber : Noticing a lot more hoppy ambers in the market. Silver medal award winner at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) 55 IBUs 6% ABV

Troegenator Bock : Lager, best noted as liquid bread. Awarded the Silver at GABF. 25 IBUs 8.2% ABV

The Church Brew Works — Pittsburg, PA (must… check out… images)

Award winner: Pious Monk Dunkel

and with names like Pipe Organ Pale, is your curiosity still not stricken?

Sconi has a special place in my heart and come on now, it is the land of cheese:

Tyranena Brewing — Lake Mills, WI

Rocky’s Revenge, an American Brown ale where they age a portion in Bourbon barrels offering each batch a unique flavor.

Bitter Woman IPA, those folks from Wisconsin really like to leave a mark with their signature hop usage.

Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale, is the current seasonal with a subtle peaty flavor, I’m all in.

And if you really like your friends, you’ll chip in the extra bucks to bring something from the Brewer’s Gone Wild Series. Currently available from this series: Doubly Down N’ Even Dirtier Barrel Aged Chocolate Vanilla Double Stout, what’s not to love?

Ale Asylum — Madison, WI

I remember my first Satisfaction Jacksin, I made friends quick being an outsider in a new beer community, because I could hang with this ‘slightly punishing’ brew. Kind of like initiation. Over 3 pounds of Centennial hops per barrel at 8.25% ABV.

Other regular brews include Hopalicious and Ambergeddon.

Capital Brewing — Middletown, WI

Capital Dark – Munich Dunkel – a great session beer that is available year round.

Autumnal Fire, Doppelbock — I wonder if you can still get any of this? It is mighty delicious if you like a little hint of smoke in your brew. They even give you a nice brisket and bread recipe as part of their description on their website.

Capital Weizen Doppelbock walked away with a Bronze Medal from GABF. Did anyone get to try this?

O’So Brewing — Plover, WI

The Big O is one for the ladies a little lighter fair but extremely pleasing. With words like zippy, luminous and sunny makes for a happy day to be had.

Black Scotch is the current seasonal with peat malts, I have a personal craving going on here.

New Glarus — New Glarus, WI

Rasberry Tart, fruit beer or framboise is the one that craft beer passionate individuals will hound you to pick up if you announce your visit to Wisconsin. Happened to be awarded the Bronze at GABF.

ooo, has anyone snagged any Smoked Rye Ale, part of the breweries Unplugged Series?

Miller Brewing Company — Milwaukee, WI

Miller Light won the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the American Style Lager or Light Lager Category (followed by Pabst with Silver and MGD with Bronze) — so this time only, bringing Miller to your Super Bowl Party…is allowed in my book ; )

And don’t worry for the non beer drinker’s I found a little something for you too. Have you heard of good ‘ol Sprecher’s Root Beer Soda? Made in Milwaukee.

Which of these had you had? Are you going to try February 6? What did I not mention here that you will be enjoying?