In a quest to find the perfect beer for Super Bowl XLV, we looked to the cities that have given us the top teams: Green Bay, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Serve beers from your team's home town or mix it up and let your guests choose whether they want to drink to Green Bay or drink to Pittsburgh. No matter what you do, though, please drink responsibly.
Green Bay Beers
Wisconsin is known for its breweries, so it's no surprise that Green Bay, one of the smaller cities to have its own NFL football team, has several of its own microbreweries: Hinterland, Titletown, and Legends all have brewpubs right in Green Bay. Good luck finding any of these microbrews if you live outside of Wisconsin, though. Not that it's hard to find Wisconsin-based beers nationwide -- Miller, Schlitz, and the ever-popular Pabst Blue Ribbon beers all originated in Milwaukee, and any of them will do as a Packers beer (bonus: they're all super inexpensive).
Our favorite Wisconsin beer that you can find anywhere in the United States? Leinenkugel's 1880 Bock, a robust seasonal brew that's available nationwide from January through March. If a Bock is too sharp for your taste, try the crisp and sweet Berry Weiss, the Honey Weiss or the Belgian-style Sunset Wheat. Go Packers!
Western Pennsylvania brews are less common than Wisonsin beers, but they're out there, and they have the same steel-town spirit as its NFL football team. When it comes to a good Steelers beer, your best choice is Pittsburgh's own Iron City beer, "The Official Beer of the Pittsburgh Nation." Iron City offers a Premium Lager, a 95-calorie Light Beer, and a full-bodied Amber called Augustiner. Iron City beers are carried by beer distributors across the country (to see if it's available in your state, click here).
Not available where you live? The next best thing can be found pretty much anywhere in the world -- Rolling Rock beer from Latrobe , Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh. No collection or varieties, just a premium extra-pale lager in the famous green bottle. Go Steelers!
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