The Syracuse Orange football team has driven us to drink to some extent. And this week, we’ll be among friends as the Florida State Seminoles have likely made supporters feel similarly. We haven’t had a Saturday game in nearly a month, so this may seem a bit weird to everyone involved. That’s what the beer’s for, though.
Whether you’re down in Tallahassee or (more likely) watching this 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff from home on ESPN2, read below for our beer picks for before, during and after the matchup. You probably won’t be able to acquire at least one of these. Sorry in advance.
Florida State Area Beer Pick: Proof Brewing Eightfive-0
Could be the recent heat wave John’s experiencing in California, but a crisp, clean pale ale sounds like a pretty nice way to deal with what could be some terrible football. Proof’s Eightfive-0 is bright and focused on West Coast hops, shining a spotlight on Citra flavors and the sort of tropical aromas you’d expect. If you’re tailgating down in Tallahassee, perhaps you’ll find the sessionable ale hanging around.
Syracuse Area Beer Pick: ONCO Fermentations Coconut King
Just outside of town off Route 81, in Tully, ONCO Fermentations started up brewing some unique options in a small batch manner. Coconut King, is a unique profile as a coconut cream ale, their standard cream ale, King’s Corner, with coconut added post fermentation. It leads to a smooth lactose based cream ale with a subtle coconut flavor that augments, rather than overpowers. They also have a varied portfolio of beers on tap, with the two cream ales, a porter, saison, stout and pilsner, and only a single IPA. Since we’re leaving IPA season, it seems fitting to give the rest of the beer world a try, and doing it locally is even better.
Los Angeles Area Beer Pick: Cellador Ales The Carrot King
This beer honestly has no business being as good as it is. Named in part for Neutral Milk Hotel’s “King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. One” and “King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. Two & Three,” it’s a lambic-inspired ale bottle-conditioned with carrot juice. If that sounds weird, it is. And yet, it’s smooth and just the right amount of tartness, and while carrot is certainly present, it doesn’t overpower. Instead, the lambic characteristics take precedence and it drinks like a very refreshing sour.
But how about you? What are you drinking this weekend?