The Syracuse Orange (4-7, 2-5) host their final game of the season on Saturday, when the rival Boston College Eagles (6-5, 3-4) roll into town. It’s a Noon-20 (12:20 p.m.) kickoff, so that limits your pre-game drinking possibilities. But still plenty of time to ponder why we can’t have nice things or discuss existential dread before the contest begins.
No matter when (or if) you’re imbibing before, during or after this matchup vs. the Eagles, 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.
Boston College Beer Pick: Trillium Brewing Co. Double Dry Hopped Congress Street
For the discerning drinkers here, Trillium needs no introduction. Just 10 miles away from BC is one of the Boston areas top breweries, slinging excellent pale ales and IPAs in demand far and wide. Double Dry Hopped Congress Street appears like hazy OJ, and delivers on that initial promise. The citrus and tropical notes are everywhere, and the bitterness comes through as you sip. It’s a perfect pre-game beverage for a cold mid-day kickoff (even inside a Dome).
Syracuse Beer Pick: Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos
We’ve gotten requests for Ommegang, and with dwindling opportunities in the immediate Syracuse area, we’re happy to oblige on this final football weekend. The Cooperstown staple brews Belgian styles with American spins, and my personal favorite happens to be Rare Vos, their amber. It’s a spicy, drinkable beer with citrus notes and a mildly hoppy charcater that provide an interesting flavor profile with each sip. Rare Vos is named for a cafe just outside of Brussels, and attempts to mimic some of the more easy-drinking beers in that area. I’d say it succeeds there.
Los Angeles Area Beer Pick: Mumford Brewing Co. Unpresidential IPA
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.
Hazy IPAs are everywhere, and while many pack all the “juice” they can, this selection from Mumford strikes a really nice middle ground between my preferred West Coast variety and the popular New England variation. You can probably guess who this beer’s named for (SAD!), but it’s not just a gimmick. Despite a large collection of IPAs throughout Los Angeles, this one has become an annual favorite swimming in tropical bitterness. If you’re in L.A., you can easily hit Mumford, Arts District and Boomtown (the latter two have both been discussed previously here) in one afternoon.