My brother Jim has a tradition whenever his Jets make it into the playoffs. He will watch the game and make sure that he drinks at least one Southern Tier Oat beer, the fantastic Oatmeal Stout from the brewers over at Southern Tier in New York State. He actually did a post about this last year. It seemed to help as the Jets week after week with their rookie quarterback continued their improbable march deep into the playoffs to finally get knocked out by Payton Manning and the Colts in the AFC Championship game.
I knew too that my Packers needed an edge to overcome the frenetic attack of Michael Vick and the Eagles on Sunday. So looking at how well this worked for my brother last year, and knowing he had one on Saturday night when the Jets again had a last second field goal to win their wildcard game against this year’s version of Payton Manning and the Colts, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to find a beer that would help my team win! But what beer?…
I knew I couldn’t get a Southern Tier Oat out here in Idaho. So what to do? Should I drink a beer from Wisconsin? I probably could only find macro crap, and I’m pretty sure a Miller Genuine Draft would hurt my team not help. Should I find a good brew that I could identify with like any of the great selections from Laughing Dog? Or was the luck in the oats? I decided that like my brother Jim, I had to find a good oatmeal stout to help my team. Enter Ninkasi Brewing, and their great Oatis beer!
Now I did review this beer about a year ago, and it fell far short of expectation. This was when the brewery was going through a major expansion and their beers suffered in the transition. However I am very glad to report that Ninkasi is back on the top of their game and their beers reflect that. The Ninkasi Oatis was a great, albeit lighter Oatmeal Stout. Unlike the Southern Tier Oat that is loaded with imperial goodness and a rich dark stout flavor, the Ninkasi Oatis lighter and at 7.2% ABV is a much smaller brew by comparison. This however works splendidly in this beer. It has the lighter mouthfeel, starting out with a smoky roasted flavor that then transitions to a lagery bite mid palate, and finishes with a full bodied flavor of the oats with their slight creaminess and bitter flavor that only oats can bring.
And not only do the oats bring the flavor, but they also bring the luck! Both mine and Jim’s teams will be advancing to the semi-final round, where the Jets will meet the Patriots and the Packers will meet the Falcons! Both our teams will need the power of the oat to pull off victories next week, so you know where I will be and what I will be drinking next week too! For all you Patriot and Falcon fans out there I might suggest a good pilsner or lager to help your team. Maybe even a macro brew. Hey, we’re going to need all the advantages we can get!