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Game day beer picks: Syracuse vs. Bye Week

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

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The Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2) get to enjoy a much-needed bye week this Saturday, which should free up your day for alcoholic beverage consumption at your leisure. Don’t feel like drinking until the evening? Go for it. The stress of the SU game won’t get in your way. Feel like going for some kegs and eggs? That works too, since you don’t have to worry about being lucid to watch the Orange either.

No matter when (or if) you’re imbibing to unwind during the week off matchup vs. the Bye Week Fightin’ Byes, see below for beer picks that are worth your while. You probably won’t be able to acquire at least one of these. Sorry in advance.

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Bye Week Beer Pick: Stone Brewing Co. Enjoy By 10.31.17 IPA

Since the Fightin’ Byes are crosstown rivals, we venture into wordplay instead of doubling up on CNY beers. Stone’s long-running “Enjoy By” Double IPA series can be found nearly everywhere in the United States (and elsewhere), and despite the ease of locating the beer, it doesn’t take away from the excellent brew. Enjoy By features over 10 different hop varieties, hitting you right away with the piney, floral and tropical flavors. As the beer industry’s changed over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different things. However, I’ll always remember how this series was among my original standard-bearers for the DIPA style.

Syracuse Area Beer Pick: Red Hawk Brewing Maple Abbey

Red Hawk is fairly unique for the area, brewing mostly Belgian-style ales which buck the conventional selections around much of CNY. The Maple Abbey is their take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and they use local maple syrup as well to add some sweetness to the beer. Otherwise, you’ll be getting a more traditional Belgian dark, with raisin and plum flavors coming to the forefront, along with chocolate notes and a pleasant warmth as well.

Los Angeles Area Beer Pick: Phantom Carriage Brewery Barrel-Aged Broadacres with Raspberry

Just like it’s pretty tough for me to get most of 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.

A little more than a mile from where the Los Angeles Galaxy (and currently, the Chargers too) play at the StubHub Center is Phantom Carriage, a unique brewery in Carson that creates an appropriately spooky vibe for Halloween. Many of their beers are barrel-aged, including this iteration of Broadacres — their Berliner Weisse -- also made with raspberries. It’s not cloyingly tart, but it does the trick and at reasonably low ABV too. If you’re ever out this way, head to the tasting room for a glimpse of the classic horror movie ambiance and if you pick the right night, old school film screenings as well.

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