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Sunday, February 3, 2008

This Aint the Bud Bowl: Brooklyn Vs Sam

About a week ago, I asked the question, what beer will you be enjoying during the Super Bowl this year. I decided to take RealSimple.com's lead on this and do something creative with beer this year. Rather than matching up Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Lager vs Sam Adams Boston Lager, I wanted to pit Brooklyn vs an offering from Harpoon.

The two breweries actually have a fun bet going on the game...

When it was determined that the New England Patriots would be playing the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, Harpoon president Dan Kenary dialed up his friend Steve Hindy, president of Brooklyn Brewery, and arranged a wager. The wager: if the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Brooklyn will pour a keg of Harpoon IPA in their tap room and if the Giants win, a keg of Brooklyn Lager will be tapped in Harpoon's Boston tap room.

"It's going to be a great game on Sunday and I wish Steve and all the Giants fans at the Brooklyn Brewery good luck," says Kenary. "I look forward to having a Harpoon IPA in the Brooklyn tap room with Plaxico Burress next week."

On Monday, the brewery that has won the wager will ship a keg of their flagship beer to the losing brewery for tapping on their draft system. The beer will remain on tap until the keg is empty.

Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, Harpoon's Lagers are limited to an Oktoberfest (not currently available), and their Kellerbier (not currently available). Please correct me if I'm wrong here. And matching a :ager vs an IPA just didn't seem fair with what I have planned.

So, I ettled on Brooklyn Lager vs Sam's Boston Lager. Not to worry, I'm no snob, and I like a good Sam just as much as the next guy. Besides, Sam Adams was both a "brewery and patriot." And Brooklyn makes a Giant beer...

Call it my version of the "The Bud Bowl" minus the crappy beer. I plan on having the guys that come over tonight do a mini review and blind taste test during the half time. I'll try to post some quick video clips and let you know who wins.

It'll be interesting (at least to me) to see which beer comes out on top, and if the winning beer matches the winning team! Keep in mind, I live in CT, in the center of the state, a little place I call "FunkyTown", which is smack dab in the middle of NYC and Boston. It's basically the "DMZ" for New York and New England. This should be interesting... I hope...

Check back after Half Time!!!

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