This Sunday, across America, we will be glued to our televisions with beverage in hand. For most of us, that beverage will be a frosty beer. In fact, Americans consume close to fifty million cases of beer on Super Bowl Sunday, resulting in roughly seven million people calling in “sick” the next day. If Super Bowl Sunday is the great American excuse to indulge in a few too many, look no further than Colorado’s nationally-known beers and micro-brews. It just happens that Washington is also well known for their suds too. We compared three popular breweries and their beers, from each of the states. It is up you to decide which one comes up the winner.
Olympia vs. Coors
Beer aficionados may turn their noses up to mass produced beers, but during the Super Bowl many fans are watching with easy-to-drink, inexpensive brews. These lagers go down easy while watching the Big Game. Both boast being made with natural waters to lend each a unique flavor. Master brewer Leopold F. Schmidt founded Olympia in the 1850’s. He believed the artisan water found near Tumwater Falls would make the best beer. This relatively small brewery, compared to other big names, was the first to introduce metal caps for better pasteurization and longer transporting. The company is currently owned by another light beer favorite, Pabst, and is playfully offering a $1,000,000 reward for proof of Bigfoot, as the 24 oz can is introduced and nicknamed “The Bigfoot.” Coors was founded by Adolph Coors in the 1870’s in Golden, Colorado and named the “Banquet Beer” as miners would celebrate with the brew banquet style. Coors was the first to launch the sales of beer being sold in aluminum cans, revolutionizing beer packaging in the ‘50’s. Today the Coors brewery still operates in Golden, and is the largest single-site brewery in the world.
Odell’s vs. Pike
Odell’s was founded outside of Fort Collins, Colorado in the late 1980s by three brothers. (At that time, it was just the second microbrewery in the state.) While people were still getting used to the idea of craft brews these guys were cranking out some of the best known brew recipes, tested by one brother while living in guess where? Seattle! 90 Schilling, a flavorful lightened version of a Scottish Ale, Easy Street Wheat, a citrus-undertoned unfiltered American wheat, and Cutthroat Porter, a lighter, yet sturdy porter, are three of Colorado beer advocates’ long-time favorites. Currently using alternative energy such as wind power and bio-diesel fueled delivery trucks, and using recycled materials for packaging, Odell’s is a brewery that captures Colorado flavor and spirit. Pike Brewery was also founded in the late 1980s by a well-traveled small boutique wine distributor, Charles Fink. Having experienced some great beers aboard and through his importing business, Fink eventually tried his own hand at brewing. Brewing in the iconic Pike Place Public Market, he focused on British style Ales, Porters, Stouts, Scotch Ales and Barley Wines. Their best-known beers are XXXXX Stout, a bold, full-bodied English Ale, and Old Bawdy a barley wine style beer, with a fruity barley flavor. One of Seattle’s oldest microbreweries, it is considered one of the forefathers of the micro-brew revolution in America.
Yakima vs. Upslope
Selling craft beer since 2008, Yakima is relatively new to the craft brewing game. Yakima Brewery sits in the middle of Washington, in a hop crop that is where 78% of hops are grown in North America. Using an old fashioned all-copper kettle, Yakima is able to impart more nutrients for the yeast in the brewing process and caramelize the sugars. They are known for their light Pale Ale, and Beer Advocate Magazine’s favorite, Yakima’s hoppy flavored IPA. Upslope is brewed outside Boulder, Colorado. Unlike most craft brews, Upslope packages their beers in recycled aluminum cans which they find conducive to the active Colorado lifestyle: easy for transporting, better for the beer, and the environment. Upslope’s IPA has a unique malty flavor not found in most IPA’s, and the Brown Ale is an assertive, smooth ale—hard to find this amazing sudsy goodness in a can!
Happy Super Bowl “Suds-day”!