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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Beer Post: 2011 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - Cal Edition

Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"

An honest to goodness home game!  A true tailgate with flip-cup and everything!  I can't wait.

A return to Folsom means a return to routine.  I begin with an early morning visit to the Village Coffee Shop, followed by a trip to Liquor Mart, before finally ending up at the customary tailgate.  Many rounds of flip-cup later, it's time to head to the field house to watch the band stroll through, before finally hitting the seats to hopefully watch the Buffs win.  Should CU prevail, it's off to Johnny's Cigar Bar to revel in victory before heading home to pass out.

Really what could be better than enjoying a warm afternoon in Boulder at Folsom Field?  Since I am only afforded 5 opportunities this season to experience the best stadium in America, I am going to savor every second of the experience.


Earlier this summer, a friend from San Francisco visited to enjoy the paradise that is Boulder Valley.  When I asked what beer he wanted me to get at the store, he had only one answer.  Seeing as how I now assume all Nor-Cal hippies crave this beer, I'm picking Anderson Valley Brewing's Summer Solstace Cerveza Crema as my tailgate beer-o-the-week.

My favorite beer from Anderson Valley is their Boont Amber, but their Summer Solstace will do just fine at the traditional tailgate.  For those of you who weren't forced, as I was, to take 3 years of Spanish classes in high school and college, Cerveza Crema means Cream Ale.  Light and refreshing, with an expected creamy taste and finish, this beer goes perfect with any slow summer afternoon.  If you can't read a calendar, there's still a few weeks of summer to enjoy, so feel free to grab a 6-pack of Summer Solstace if you can find it, and let the afternoon slip away.

Happy Friday!  Go Buffs, Beat Cal!

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