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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Beer Post: 2012 Gameday Beer-o-the-week - ASU 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!"

I love a good Blackout game.  At night, under the lights, on national TV.  The atmosphere can't get much better.  I like the situation so much that I will forgive the disruption to my work schedule, and the heinous traffic issues Boulder will experience tonight.

I won't get off work til around five, so tailgating time will be short.  For my beer pick this week, I went in search of not only something heavier (in alcohol content) to make up for the abbreviated tailgate scenario, but also something dark to match the quickly descending fall evening.  Luckily, there's a local brew that fits the bill.  I'm naming Wynkoop Brewing's B3K Schwarzbier as my gameday beer-o-the-week.

I see your schwarz is as big as mine...

Wynkoop Brewing was started in the late '80s by a group of friends that included Colorado's current beer-loving Governor.  Located a few blocks from Coors Field in LoDo, it's long been one of my favorite spots to hit before and after Rockies games.  They serve up great beer and food, and always have new and inventive ways of making a statement.

B3K is one of Wynkoop's signature styles.  High on the roasted malts, you get great chocolate, dark bread, and smoky notes.  Despite the dark color and roasted malt foundation, however, the beer comes off as very drinkable.  It's available in cans year-round, and makes for a great companion to any night game.

Happy FridayThursday! Go Buffs, beat Arizona State!

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