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Game day beer picks: Syracuse vs. Holy Cross

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What are we drinking for this one? And how about you?

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After four fairly stressful week of football, the Syracuse Orange and their fans should hopefully get a little bit of a break this weekend when the Holy Cross Crusaders come to the Dome. Despite what should be a one-sided matchup, there’s still plenty to watch out for in this one... which you can do with a beverage in hand.

No matter when (or if) you’re drinking before, during or after this noon ET game against Holy Cross, 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.

Holy Cross Area Beer Pick: Wormtown Be Hoppy

Haze may be all over the place — especially in Massachusetts — but a good West Coast IPA still makes a significant impact. Be Hoppy highlights citra hops (and cascade) to make a bright and tropical beer that’s bright, refreshing and crisp. As always, drink fresh.

Syracuse Area Beer Pick: IBU Brewery Book Worm

The summer has come to a close but a good key lime Gose still hits the palate nicely no matter the time of year. It’s a relatively new brew for the brewery located just south of Sweetheart Corners, only debuting this June. Sourced with local malt from Oswego’s 1886 Malt House, and using actual key lime purée, the Gose is one of the area’s best in style. If you’re around this weekend, IBU will be having their Oktoberfest this Friday the 27th as well.

Los Angeles Area Beer Pick: Monkish Float Like Gravity

Also, hazy IPAs have their place, and you know (like you do with any style) when you’re having a quality one. Even East Coast beer drinkers are aware of Monkish’s IPAs despite them rarely seeing distribution outside of the immediate L.A. area. John attests that their best work is actually on Triple IPAs, like Float Like Gravity, which drinks smooth and has a ton of flavor that directly masks the booziness of its 10.3% ABV. Galaxy, simcoe and nelson hops create a fantastic aroma and flavor, with only a minimal level of bitterness on the finish.

How about you? What are you drinking this weekend?