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Game day beer picks: Syracuse vs. LSU

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

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Tomorrow’s another Saturday of college football. And whether you think we’re going to get blown out this weekend or can pull off an unlikely upset, the topper on your evening will likely be an alcoholic beverage.

The Syracuse Orange (2-1) face the LSU Tigers (2-1) at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday -- which should make for a long evening for everybody involved. It’ll also push you to pace yourself in the earlier portions of the day.

So whether you’re drinking before, during or after Saturday’s game against LSU, 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. I’ll be searching out the opponent beer myself for once, while making my way around the Tiger Stadium scene.

LSU Beer Pick: Tin Roof Brewing Co. Parade Ground Coffee Porter

Baton Rouge’s own brewery (though there are more of them) presents a well-crafted list of beers running the gamut of styles. However, Parade Ground — available in fall only -- gets some extra points for its use of a local coffee blend that provides some warm depth. It’s rarely cold enough to NEED a toasty porter at Tiger Stadium. But the seasonal canned release makes it a welcome addition to tailgates nonetheless. Don’t want to drink it? Then you’ve got yourself a quality addition to a brisket instead.

Syracuse Beer Pick: Galaxy Brewing Co. Andromeda IPA

No, this beer’s not FROM Syracuse. However, we’re not going to be hardliners on these selections. An hour or two away is fine for this exercise, and why not celebrate some of the best Binghamton has to offer? Andromeda IPA comes in cans, can be imbibed within Syracuse (Galaxy’s stuff finds itself at Faegan’s), and brings a fresh tropical nature rising above maltier local selections. If you’re making the ill-advised decision to drive from the CNY area to Louisiana, carry these with. And offer me one, of course.

Los Angeles-Area Beer Pick: Monkish Brewing Co. Foggier Window

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.

Not too far from me, over in Torrance, you’ll find Monkish in a small industrial alcove. The brewery used to be all-in on Belgian styles and proudly hung an anti-IPA over the door frame. Then they started making “juicy” East Coast IPAs and folks have flocked from far and wide ever since. Foggier Window comes in at a strong 8.1 percent ABV, and finishes with a welcome, bitter acidity. Though it’s very hoppy and a bit heavy too, that doesn’t stop you from enjoying the fresh aromas or dank, citrusy flavors.


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