Flying Dog vs. Anchor Steam… Bowl


An item in the Frederick News Post caught craft brewers’ eyes Thursday:

Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery and the iconic San Francisco-based Anchor Brewing Co. are putting each others’ brews on the line for their respective teams when the Ravens and 49ers square off in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday.

The loser must pour the other brewery’s beer in its taproom for a week, said Erin Weston, Flying Dog’s public relations manager. It might not sound like the losing end of a bet to pour another high-quality craft beer from your taps, but that’s not all. The guides for the losing company’s brewery tours will be decked out in the winning team’s Super Bowl championship gear for a week.

Many of us who rooted for losing teams (well, the Giants weren’t “losers” per se this year, just “unsuccessful”), are really just trying to find an angle that applies to us on the secular holiday. While the idea of breweries in competing cities isn’t new,  this one pits the senior citizen of the trolley-car town against the scrappy newish-comer from near Charm City.

While Seth Meyers’ tweeted match-up below made me smile, this one makes me salivate. May the best city win!


Pairing beers… with people!

(The following column was originally published in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American on Dec. 12, 2012.)

Your aging cousin?
Your aging cousin?

Let’s admit this much: shopping for some people is arduous and draining.

Uncle Larry? The one who’s hosting Christmas Eve this year? All you know about his new “lady friend” is that she seems to have a condition that does not allow her to stop talking. What do you get for someone like that?

And then there’s your best friend’s cousin… Cliff or Clive or something. He’s hosting a get-together that will be completely vegetarian. He brags about not wearing shoes since 1995. How do you get anything appropriate for barefoot wonder?

You already know my answer. Yeah, it’s beer.

Matching the gift with the receiver isn’t difficult and can be rewarding, if only for you. Now for some recommendations that allow you to find your match.

1. For your aging cousin who lives on the Maine Coast: New England Brewery’s Sea Hag IPA. Like her, it’s bitter and might overwhelm anything it’s paired with.