The Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3) are back at the Carrier Dome for a 3 p.m. ET kickoff against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-4, 2-3). That’s a pretty solid time for a game to start, in the sense that you have both a morning and an evening to play with. It also spreads out drinking, if you so choose that as your strategy regardless of a win or loss.
No matter when (or if) you’re imbibing to unwind beore, during or after this matchup vs. the Deacons, 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.
Wake Forest Beer Pick: Foothills Brewing Co. Jade IPA
Since my parents live in the Eastern part of North Carolina, I make an annual trip that way around the holidays which inevitably results in some beer purchasing as well. The first thing I do is grab a fresh six-pack of Jade — a staple in the area, but also just an excellent brew. It’s refreshing, with hoppy citrus notes packing each sip. And the aftertaste is mildly bitter and piney. If you’re in the area, find it on tap or in bottles. You won’t regret this clean and crisp (not New England-style) IPA.
Syracuse Area Beer Pick: Ithaca Beer Co. Flower Power
Decided to go with something a bit more commonly accessible this week. Flower Power was one of the first IPAs I’d ever had, and the same could probably be said for many of you as well. It’s tropical and fruity, and complex with nine different hop varietals. Flower Power is refreshing, but in a different way than I’d describe for Jade. It’s just a pleasant beer to drink and one that finishes with a nice full body (and flavor).
Los Angeles-Area Beer Pick: Craftsman Brewing Co. 1903 Lager
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.
Though they’re “IN” Pasadena, you’ll never be able to go to their tap room. However, nearby outposts like Maximiliano and Lucky Baldwin’s always have their beers, and around the city (and county), 1903 Lager is a staple. It’s not the most adventurous take on the style, but it doesn’t have to try to compete with the adjunct-laden recipes and juicy IPAs coming out elsewhere in L.A. (also, they take risks like that on other beers anyway). For several decades, they’ve been cranking out this consistent pre-Prohibition lager which is rich and flavorful, yet still light to the palate. “Crushable” before that was a common descriptor for beer.
So what are you drinking? Share your own game day beer picks for the weekend below.