How was your Superbowl? What did you drink?

Nick Collins, You’re the MAN!  When he returned the interception from Ben Roethlisberger to the end zone I thought it was going to be an easy win.  Then when the Pack went up by 17, 21-3 I thought man, this might be a blow out.  Then the Packers became the Packers and lost three of their key players.  No Charles Woodson, No Donald Driver, No Sam Shields.  If you are a Green Bay fan, the third quarter was scary.  I’ve seen too many big leads evaporate to nothing to be overly confident.  I actually told my Sister-in-law, a rabid Steelers fan, at the end of the first half, that this game was far from over.  I was correct.

Things started badly in the third quarter and got worse.  The Steelers were doing what champions do…they were picking at the weak spots in the defense.  So I did the only thing a good fan can do.  I invoked the power of the Oat.  When it was 21 to 17 I said declaratively “It is tome to break out the power of the oat!”  I went to the fridge and got out a bottle of Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout.  All I did was take it out of the fridge and Clay Mathews Hit Rashard Mendenhall so hard that he popped out the football and the Packers recovered the fumble.  I hadn’t even opened the bottle and the power of the oat had already started to work its magic!…

As I watched and sipped it was clear to me in all my superstitious fervor that I was helping my team to win the Super Bowl!  I had one other Oatis this playoff season when the Pack beat the Eagles in the Wildcard round.  I had picked up another for the next week against the Falcons but it was obvious they didn’t need my help.  Same for the Bears.  The Steelers were just getting a little too close for comfort.  So last night in the middle of the third quarter I had to reach for the beer that had made its way to the back of the fridge by this time.  And the rest is, as they say, History.

So the Oatis was as usual very good.  Probably one of the better oatmeal stouts out there that isn’t of the Imperial variety.  I then capped the night off after the victory with a shot of Four Roses Single Barrel.  100 Proof and BIG!  I’m going to do a Single Barrel Throwdown here pretty soon.  This will be my first ever Whiskey Throwdown on the blog, so I am excited about it.  Probably will happen later this week.

So the Pack won, and I had a couple great drinks.  What about you?  What did you drink?  Were you celebrating, or crying in your beer?  As usual let us know in the comments.


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32 Comments on “How was your Superbowl? What did you drink?”

  1. February 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Oatmeal Stout is a brave choice considering all the snacks during the Uber Bowl.

    I had Sierra Nevada Glissade (golden bock). It was nice… like a Bud with more personality.

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

      I have heard that about the Glissade, more bud like than craft beery. But whatever works right? The Oatmeal stout went great with our dinner, Deli Sandwiches and chips with Artichoke Spinich dip, and Taco dip. And of course the obligatory Vege plate.

  2. Brandon
    February 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Mine was pretty good. I brewed a Belgian Saison on Sunday and a Black IPA on Saturday. The wife is convinced I’m nuts. I bottled my oaked bourbon porter while listening to your Fun With Barrels podcast! Luckily, no Mormons barged in on the fun. Don knows what I’m talking about.

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      Yes I do! Wow Brandon, you are really getting into the home brewing thing. Seems like You have come a very long way in a very short time! If I’m thinking correctly you just started about 4 months ago when you did your Octoberfest brew. Am I correct? Keep it up and pretty soon you will have your own Nano brewery!

      • Brandon
        February 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

        Haha, you are correct! I’ve brewed 13 five gallon batches in a short amount of time. Started with about 6 or 7 extract brews then switched to all-grain. I have got to send you a bottle of the bourbon porter. It tasted pretty good flat while I was bottling it. 🙂

        • Don
          February 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

          Any time Brandon, I’d love to give it a review!

      • Brandon
        February 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

        Oh, and it has a pint of Fighting Cock in the porter. Our favorite budget bourbon! 🙂

  3. February 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I didn’t watch a single second the game. I was busy closing out end of year financials but I did managed to enjoy a 7 year barrel strength bourbon while working.

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      Wow Greg, The Superbowl is bigger than Halloween at my house! Couldn’t imagine not watching one! What bourbon was that by the way?

      • February 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

        A barrel pick I did last Sept from KBD. I’ll include a sample with the ET KSBW to go with your single barrel throw down if you so choose.

        • Don
          February 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

          That’d be awesome Greg. 🙂

  4. February 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I’m slowly getting my friends to ditch macro-brews and am proud to say that this is the first superbowl where the coolers were filled with craft beer…

    In fact we were waiting for the d-bag to come in with case of cheap beer… only 1 and I don’t know who invited them… 🙂

    I had a Stout that I brewed and a couple Hefeweizens…

    Great game!

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      Agree totally Jorge, and I know we’ve done a bunch of posts about bringing people into the craft beer fold. I think it is part of our responsibility as craft beer drinkers to educate folks to the ways of flavor! In a completely non-douchey way of course!

  5. February 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Way to go, PACKERS! I drank KGB Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer. At 9.3% ABV, it was a whopper so I laid off the booze during the second half. I suppose I should have had one during the 3rd quarter, since while I was boozing it up, the Packers were rolling. At least they prevented the Steelers from winning in Dallas. That would have brought about the apocalypse.

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      Glad to help avert world wide cataclysm. Did you hear about the seat controversy? Gave Dallas a black eye.

      • February 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

        Jerry in his infinite wisdom… what a fool.

  6. Alex
    February 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    I won’t ever doubt the power of the Oat again! Enjoy the Packers’ victory, Don. Let’s hope that we have football next season . . .

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      The only thing that would have made it even sweeter is if it was over the JETS! The Bragging rights alone would have kept me blogging for another year! Hmmm….yes, football next year…not looking good right now…

  7. Greg K.
    February 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I took it easy as I’d been going pretty hard the past few days prior to the Super Bowl. Had a Le Freak and a Great Divide 16th Anniversary DIPA. I forgot how much I loved it. The vanilla really came out last night. So sad it’s my last bottle.

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

      I love the anniversary series from GD. Nice stuff. Too bad it is your last, but at least you can say “Remember when I drank that 16th anniversary ale and the Packers won the Super Bowl?”…

    • Alex
      February 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

      How did you like Le Freak? I think Green Flash makes some pretty great beer and that’s one of my favorites. You have a lot more discipline than I did with the GD 16th. None of my bottles even made it to the cellar.

      • Greg K.
        February 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

        Definitely agreed about Green Flash. I love West Coast IPA and Hop Head Red. It wasn’t my first go-around with Le Freak, but I think the bottle was a bit old. The hops didn’t come through as much as I previously remembered.

  8. Trevor B
    February 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Drank a sixpack of bayern dopplebock(8.6%), a six pack of Anchor summer ale (old but only cost me $3.50 a sixer), then went to the bar for the last quarter, drank a Madison river nitro stout, then two Stone Pale Ales. I was feeling pretty good after that, and for some reason I am not hungover today.

    • Don
      February 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      Trevor, perhaps you have discovered that you can drink right through your hangover! Can’t believe you drank a 6 of 8.6 brew! You are the MAN!…and my new hero.

      • February 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

        Whoa! No kidding. I’d be on the floor!

  9. February 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Yo Don!

    Sadly, I did not get to drink on Super Bowl Sunday. But this is what happened during the three days prior…

    Thursday night was a brief beer and whisky session with The Wookie and The Alemonger which involved some Eagle Rare 17 sampling and a beer (do not recall the name, but it was an IPA, and it was delicious!).

    Friday afternoon involved a Blacksmith at the latest Irish Pub in South Jersey (Dublin Square). Never had a Blacksmith before (half Guinness, half Smithwicks). It was very tasty! Friday night was whisky night with The Wookie and Limpd. Since I have quite a few bottles that need to be finished (to make room for more of course), I polished off the last 1/4 of a bottle of Talisker Distiller’s Edition.

    Saturday afternoon was Comfort Food Fest with the neighborhood. Lots and lots of food, an Otter Creek Solstice Ale, and lots of wee samples of Single Malt and Bourbon. The whiskies included the following: Basil Hayden Small Batch, Evan Williams Single Barrel, Macallan Fine Oak 10, Glenkinchie 12, and Aberlour 12. Though it sounds like alot of drinking, they were tiny samples, and I ate ALOT of food. I was passed out by 11PM on the couch.

    So although I did not drink during the Super Bowl, I more than made up for it from Thursday to Saturday. 🙂

    Peace Yo!

    • Don
      February 8, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      WEll, it sounds like you had plenty of libation over your extended weekend! The super bowl is just an excuse to drink, and clearly you didn’t need it! Sounds like you had a lot of very good brews and scotches too. Lucky man.

      • February 8, 2011 at 10:41 am #

        I can’t swing a cat in my neighborhood without hitting someone that’s in the mood to have a beer/whisky/wine/etc.. Must be all the rugrats and the big need for Mommy/Daddy juice! Is there any better way to “medicate”? 😉

        • Don
          February 8, 2011 at 11:07 am #

          Wow, you must have been really sick this weekend G-Lo! That was a lot of medicine…

  10. scott
    February 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Drank some Arrogant Bastard. Yep, my Super Bowl was better than yours…. and my beer was too….. and I’m better than you…. whoa… I need to stop drinkin that stuff….

    • Don
      February 8, 2011 at 9:49 am #

      Wow i didn’t know that it did that to you, I just thought it gave you Greg Face.


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