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Game day beer picks: Syracuse vs. Clemson

What are you drinking? And mostly, what am I drinking for this one?

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Every so often the ACC wants us to play a conference game on a Friday night. This is one of those times, and you’ll likely want to accompany it with an alcoholic beverage (or several, if you’d like to check out of this game on the earlier end).

The Syracuse Orange (3-3, 1-1) host the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (6-0, 4-0) at 7 p.m. ET tonight, which likely lends itself to some significant beer consumption no matter where you’re watching from.

So whether you’re imbibing before, during or after Friday’s game against Clemson, see below for three beer picks that are worth your while. You probably won’t be able to acquire at least one of these. Sorry in advance.

Clemson Beer Pick: Carolina Bauernhaus Whiskey Sour

The brewery in nearby Anderson, S.C. is appropriately owned by a Clemson alum, and it boasts quite the impressive souring program. While plenty other bottled selections from Carolina Bauernhaus get higher ratings (was eyeing a few of their Flanders Reds myself, as it’s a preferred style of mine), I also wanted to go with a more readily available pick here. Whiskey Sour is oak-aged with lemon and lime (hence the name), and despite the name, comes in at a very manageable 4.5 percent. While I still haven’t made it down to Clemson, I have these guys high on my list when I finally make the trek.

Syracuse Beer Pick: Middle Ages Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Dragonslayer

As is typical around here, we’ll feature at least one beer that’s probably a bit too hefty to pre-game (or in-game) with. In this case, it’s Middle Ages’ Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dragonslayer, the aged and conditioned version of their regular Russian Imperial Stout. Along with the chocolate and some roasted coffee notes you’ll get with the original, this more aggressive (11.7 percent ABV) version adds a nice bourbon bite to things. Perhaps save this one to celebrate or commiserate following the game.

Los Angeles-Area Beer Pick: Boomtown Brewery Limelight IPA

Just like it’s pretty tough for me to get the beers listed above, it’s going to be tough for any of you to get the beers listed in this section each week. But it would be irresponsible to celebrate local beers without highlighting some of the best from the exploding L.A. scene.

Boomtown’s relatively new to the game, yet has already gained notoriety at their Arts District outpost for a balanced list of styles and clean execution. I’ve enjoyed their pilsners as well as their IPAs on occasion, and Limelight’s the call here because it’s a versatile beer. In today’s rush for heftier ABVs, a 7 percent West Coast IPA seems tame, and here, it is. It’s light and hoppy, going down easy while putting Citra hops at the forefront. Tropical notes are what you’re here for, and Limelight delivers in full.


So what are you drinking? Share your own game day beer picks for the weekend below.