Super Beer Bowl

Football and beer … the two will forever be married.   And while the New York and New England regions have plenty of great local craft beer selections to choose from for the game, we decided to step it up a notch this year for our Super Bowl recommendations & rankings, and help you stay “local” (and “loyal”) to your team’s market this Sunday.

The Roster & Rankings

The general rules of thumb used below are that the top 3 breweries for each team have to be within an hour of the stadium (2 hours for the more rural areas), and they must be producing at least 10 varieties of beer each year. 

The Combined Rankings are done based on a combination of the football team’s record this year, and the breweries’ combined average beer ratings on Beer Advocate.  Let us know if we got it right for your favorite team/city!

Arizona Cardinals    Combined Ranking: 29

It’s stinkin’ HOT in Arizona, so you need a solid variety of good beer year-round.  While there’s not a ton of packaged/bottled selections from the following three, they sure have solid beer nonetheless… 

First Half:   Papago Brewing   Second Half:  Four Peaks Brewing Co.   (OT: SanTan Brewing Co.)

Atlanta Falcons   Combined Ranking: 6

Thanks to pioneering craft beer bars like Brick Store Pub, hot-lanta is quickly becoming a hot-bed of great craft beer, too!  Give some love to these 3…

First Half:  SweetWater Brewing Co.  Second Half:  Terrapin Beer  (OT: 5 Seasons Brewing Co.)

Baltimore Ravens   Combined Ranking: 11

Another burgeoning beer scene – from refined selections to big bruisers – proving that in Baltimore, it’s not just about the Defense anymore!

First Half:  Stillwater Artisinal Ales   Second Half: Flying Dog  (OT: Heavy Seas/Clipper City)

Buffalo Bills   Combined Ranking: 32

Home of the other football companion – the chicken wing -the Buffalo area doesn’t have household beer names, but they do bring some respectable choices… unfortunately, not strong enough to bring up the Combined Ranking out of the basement.

First Half:  Rohrbach Brewing Co.   Second Half: CB’s Brewing Co.  (OT: Flying Bison Brewing)

Carolina Panthers   Combined Ranking: 10

Central NC is tough, as most of the breweries in NC are spread wide across the state, but we’ve decided to go with the following “locals” …

First Half:  Foothills Brewing Co.   Second Half:  NoDa Brewing   (OT: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery)

Chicago Beers Bears  Combined Ranking: 21

(believe it or not, that WAS an actual typo above)  With a long history of great pizza and great football comes the expectation of great beer…

First Half:  Goose Island   Second Half:  Half Acre   (OT: Revolution Brewing Co.)

Cincinnati Bengals   Combined Ranking: 18

Cincinnati’s football team AND beer scene both appear to be rising from the ashes – the former slightly faster than the latter, though …

First Half: Mt. Carmel Brewing Co.  Second Half: Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.   (OT: Columbus Brewing Co. ) 

Cleveland Browns   Combined Ranking: 27

The team may be lackluster, and the uniforms might be boring, but they sure do have some great beer in the Cleveland area…

First Half: Great Lakes Brewing Co.  Second Half: Fat Heads Brewery  (OT: Willoughby Brewing)

Dallas Cowboys  Combined Ranking: 30

Y’all might have a rich football tradition down there, but damn if it ain’t time to start makin’ some good beer.  At least there are a few good beer bars now who serve up the world’s best…

First Half:  Franconia Brewing Co.   Second Half:  Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.  (OT: Shiner/Spoetzl Brewery)

Denver Broncos  Combined Ranking: 13

The Broncos had a really nice run this year, as did these great breweries…  How long ’til someone makes a Tebow-inspired beer? (oh wait, no they di-ant!)

First Half:  Oskar Blues  Second Half: Avery Brewing Co.  (OT: Great Divide)

Detroit Lions   Combined Ranking: 14

Solid work by the Lions this year in making the playoffs at 10-6, and while most of the big MI brewers are far away from Detroit Rock City, these 3 are nothing to ignore…

First Half:  Jolly Pumpkin  Second Half: Kuhnhenn Brewing   (OT: Arbor Brewing Co. )

Green Bay Packers   Combined Ranking: 2

Tough finish for the Pack this year – at least you have Titletown and Hinterland to drown your sorrows and/or relive last year’s glory… a great team plus solid WI beer propels them to a #2 ranking this year!!

First Half: Titletown Brewing Co.  Second Half: Hinterland Brewery  (OT: Red Eye Brewing Co. )

Houston Texans   Combined Ranking: 9

So Houston beats Dallas this year in both football record and beer quality (but not necessarily quantity).  Respect the South Tex!  Now if only Austin would get a team…

First Half:  Southern Star Brewing Co.  Second Half: Saint Arnold Brewing Co.  (OT: Hmmm… there aren’t 3 that fit our easy qualifications???)

Indianapolis Colts   Combined Ranking: 16

While the football got sketchy this year without Peyton, at least Indy can proudly host the Super Bowl with one of the absolute BEST beer lineups in the country … 

First Half: Sun King   Second Half: Thr3e Wise Men  (OT: Brugge Brasserie) … p.s. this was the hardest city to pick just 3 from! 


Jacksonville Jaguars   Combined Ranking: 20

Some really nice looking brewpubs seem to be getting started in the Jacksonville area (much like Tampa below) … maybe that’ll take the fans’ minds off of the team’s 5-11 year?

First Half:  Swamp Head Brewery & Tasting Room  Second Half: Intuition Alewerks (OT: Seven Bridges Grille & Breweryeditor’s note: Brewer’s Pizza looks like they might be up from the practice squad for next year!


Kansas City Chiefs   Combined Ranking: 28

With such great BBQ and rabid football fans, it’s only fitting that KC have a solid beer scene, too… Just take the Boulevard to 23rd Street, and you’ll be in a Free State of mind.

First Half:  Boulevard Brewing  Second Half: Free State Brewing  (OT: 23rd Street Brewery )

Miami Dolphins   Combined Ranking: 23

Avoid the cheese-soaked, neon club scene, with their velvet ropes and $400 bottles of $40 booze.  This is football, man, so hit these places instead for your Super Bowl fix…

First Half:  Tequesta Brewing Co.  Second Half: The Funky Buddha  (OT: Titanic Brewing Co. )

Minnesota Vikings   Combined Ranking: 17

The Minneapolis area may be frozen over this time of year, but you have some truly phenomenal beer to distract you from the the cold, and the faltering franchise. 

First Half:  Surly Brewing Co.  Second Half: Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery (OT: Barley John’s Brew Pub )

New England Patriots   Combined Ranking: 1

Oh, how sweet it is these days to be a Boston/New England sports fan who enjoys craft beer… We are jealous of your #1 combined ranking this year.  (Jerks!)

First Half:  Cambridge Brewing  Second Half: Jack’s Abby  (OT: Pretty Things)

New Orleans Saints   Combined Ranking: 19

While the Saints sure have come a long way in recent years, it’s about time the LA beer scene caught up with them.  Only 1 brewery in the state w/more than 10 beers… Seriously?!?

First Half:  New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co.  Second Half: Crescent City Brewhouse  (OT: Abita)

New York (football) Giants   Combined Ranking: 5

For the Giants, we chose the Western side of metro NYC, with North Jersey & West Chester county breweries to represent the beer.  Can this #5 underdog pull it off again??

First Half: Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.  Second Half: High Point/Ramstein  (OT: Climax Brewing)

New York J-e-t-s   Combined Ranking: 7

For the Jets, we chose the city and East side (Long Island) area breweries to represent their beer.  B-E-E-R, BEER-BEER-BEER!

First Half:  Southampton Publick House  Second Half: Sixpoint  (OT: Brooklyn Brewery)

Oakland Raiders   Combined Ranking:  26

Plenty of solid breweries around the Oakland/Berkeley area, which is pretty much how you can sum up this franchise’s history.

First Half: Jupiter  Second Half: Drake’s Brewing Co.  (OT: Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse)

Philadelphia Eagles   Combined Ranking: 8

The Philly beer scene is large and in charge … too bad the Eagles came up small this year.  But then again, do Philly phans really expect anything more? 

First Half: Iron Hill Brewery  Second Half: Victory  (OT: Sly Fox)

Pittsburgh Steelers   Combined Ranking: 4

Looks like the Western side of the state beats the Eastern side in football and overall ranking this year, but Philly still has the edge in beer … even if just by a sud. 

First Half:  Rivertowne Pourhouse  Second Half: East End Brewing Co.  (OT: Voodoo Brewing Co. )

San Diego Chargers   Combined Ranking: 3

With world-class weather, world-class breweries, and year-round beaches, do you really need a world-class football team, too?   #Iwanttogotothere

First Half: AleSmith  Second Half:  The Lost Abbey  (OT: Stone Brewing Co. ) … it just feels wrong to not include Alpine, Ballast Point, Port Brewing, Green Flash… (sigh)


San Francisco 49ers   Combined Ranking: 15

What a year for the 49ers – combine that with an awesome beer scene in/around the city, and you’ll want to leave your heart there, too!

First Half: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers   Second Half:  Anchor Brewing Co.  (OT: Marin Brewing Co.)

Seattle Seahawks   Combined Ranking: 22

Can a Seahawk enjoy a Black Raven?  These and other questions can be explored at the TONS of great breweries scattered around the Seattle area… this list is simply a fraction:

First Half: Black Raven Brewing   Second Half: Big Time Brewery & Alehouse  (OT: Freemont Brewing )

St. Louis Rams   Combined Ranking: 31

There may be another brewery in St. Louis garnering all the attention this Super Bowl (a $1.2B contract w/the NFL will do that), but these guys actually spend their money on the BEER!  Here, we, go…

First Half:  Urban Chestnut  Second Half:  Schlafly Tap Room  (OT: Square One Brewery)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers   Combined Ranking: 12

The Bucs may have dropped the ball this year, but the Breweries delivered!  In a former wasteland of craft beer, these breweries are proving that the Tampa/St. Pete area is now a ‘stone-cold-lock’ for a craft beer destination…

First Half:  Cigar City  Second Half: Peg’s Cantina  (OT:  Saint Somewhere )

Tennessee Titans   Combined Ranking: 24

Music city acquired the Titans in ’98, a full 6 years after Bosco’s opened the first post-prohibition brewery in the state (there’s the answer to the chicken-and-egg question for TN).  Since then, there’s been some nice craft beer growth to satiate the more discerning Nashville crowd.

First Half: Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewing Co.  Second Half:  Yazoo Brewing Co.   (OT: Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery )

Washington Redskins   Combined Ranking: 25

Not a good year for the Skins, and the beer selection remains spotty (politicians are obviously drinking something stronger – duh).  Nice opportunity here for some enterprising homebrewers?

First Half: Williamsburg AleWerks  Second Half: Mad Fox Brewing Co.  (OT: DC Brau Brewing Co.)

So there it is folks, but for additional beer recommendations be sure to check out our Beer Selector …  We’d welcome your opinions on whether we got it right (who’d we miss?), and more importantly, what are YOU enjoying for this year’s Super Bowl?

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