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Game day beer picks: Syracuse vs. Albany

You need one after last week.

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Following a miserable game last weekend, it’s unlikely you need to be told what to drink when discussing the Syracuse Orange football team. Still, there’s another game ahead, and despite the fact that SU should be able to get past the Albany Great Danes with some ease, you probably want an adult beverage around just in case.

Whether you’re drinking before, during or after this game, we’ve provided some local and not-so-local beer recommendations below. Fair warning in advance: You won’t be able to acquire at least one of these.

Syracuse Area Beer Pick: Willow Rock Hoi Hoi Hoi!

It’s nearing Oktoberfest time. What better time to feature a local Syracuse märzen. Hoi Hoi Hoi! hits all the notes. Malt forward, drinkable, utterly delicious, works well in stein form. One of my favorite offerings from the brewery next to Danzers, and one I look forward to every season change. A great crisp fall day drinker, that can’t steer you wrong.

Albany Area Beer Pick: Fidens Moonlight Generator

I haven’t had it (Steve) since it’s being released this week, but anything that’s been remotely tried from Fidens has been living up to the hype. They’re a hop-forward nano brewery in Colonie that is only open on Saturdays. Only drive up service and always sells out. If you can get some hands on their stuff and you enjoy unfiltered IPAs, you’re in for a treat. They’ve also dropped a few stouts that have purportedly been top tier as well.

If you get a chance to get out there and get your hands on some, feel free to mule me back a few to the Syracuse area.

Los Angeles Area Beer Pick: Smog City Cordial

Will fully admit that at 8.7% ABV, this isn’t necessarily a beer for a noon kickoff, or extended drinking during a game in general. Still, it was too good not to discuss in this space. Without being too heavy at all, Cordial is a rich and delicious bourbon barrel-aged imperial porter that mixes chocolate richness with a healthy amount of fresh raspberries. This specific iteration was actually a found keg from a few years back, so the sugars have actually taken over the boozy notes at this point. But it’s no worse for the wear on that front. It’s a pleasant dessert in a glass that tastes overwhelmingly like Black Forest cake.


How about you? What are you drinking this weekend?