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THE BREWHOLDER: Beers to celebrate 50 ‘Super’ years. Special local brews ready for Sunday

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COLUMN WRITTEN BY MATT BRASCH 
For Digital First Media

For football fans, the Super Bowl is the culmination of a long, arduous season of dedication to your favorite team, and for many fans, the event is also tinged with sadness because “your team” is not playing in it.
For everyone else, the Super Bowl is an excuse to have a party on a cold Sunday night in February, highlighted by new commercials, buffalo wings, and of course, beer! So what beer should you serve at your Super Bowl party to satisfy both football fans and partygoers — especially this year which marks the 50th Super Bowl ever played?

Prism Brewing Co.'s Red Zone is a great beer for watching Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Photo by Matt Brasch

Prism Brewing Co.’s Red Zone is a great beer for watching Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
Photo by Matt Brasch

The easiest suggestion is Budweiser’s commemorative bottles of Bud Light. Because Budweiser has the size and clout to obtain licensing rights from the NFL, the black metal bottle showcases the Lombardi Trophy in the center with a prominent “50” in gold to symbolize the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary. If you are a fan of the traditional American adjunct lager, this may be the one for you. If you are looking for a slightly different taste profile, you still might want to use the Bud Light as a decorative centerpiece for your party, then throw it away after the time clock hits 0:00.

WHAT’S BREWING
The following is a sampling of events in the region:
War of the Worts
Once again Keystone Homebrew in Montgomery Township will hold its home-brew competition — “War of the Worts” — with judging taking place on Feb. 19 and 20. Homebrewers have until Feb. 7 to register beers, meads, and ciders for War of the Worts 2016. For $7 per entree, you can compete for glory and prizes, and receive insightful feedback on your creations. Each participant may enter up to 10 brews. For more information, check www.keystonehops.com/waroftheworts2016/
Mark your calendars
Saturday, Feb. 6: Iron Hill Phoenixville hosts British Invasion Multi-Tap from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring eight English style beers and a traditional British-inspired menu. British style beers on tap will include: English Strong Ale, Cask Conditioned English Strong Ale, Cask Conditioned Ore House IPA, Burton IPA, Anvil Ale, Cask Conditioned Anvil Ale, Cask Conditioned Nut Brown Ale and Nut Brown Ale. Iron Hill Phoenixville is at 130 E. Bridge St., Phoenixville.
Source: http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/phoenixville/monthly-events.htm
Thursday, Feb. 11: The Pour House North Wales will be pouring the Athens, Georgia brewer’s turtle themed beers from 5 to 9 p.m., according to information at www.phillytapfinder.com, including: Tiramisu-hoo imperial milk stout, Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake stout, Poivre Potion saison, Mosaic Single Hopped rye ale, Hi-5 IPA, Moo-Hoo stout, and Wake-n-Bake stout. The Pour House North Wales is at 29 Airport Square in Montgomery Township.
Source: www.phillytapfinder.com/event/pour-house-north-wales-2/
Thursday, Feb. 11: Ballast Point First Taste Showcase, Maxwells on Main (MOM) will showcase 7 new varieties of Ballast Point’s flagship brews on tap for your consideration — Mango Even Keel, Pineapple Sculpin, Watermelon Dorado, Ginger Big Eye and three versions of the Victory at Sea Imperial Porter — Coconut, Peanut Butter, and Peppermint (firkin). Live entertainment from Doylestown Bluegrass Jam is featured. Event is set for 7 p.m.
Source: www.momsdoylestown.com/firsttaste/
Thursday, Feb. 11: Iron Hill Ardmore releases its “Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout” and celebrates Valentine’s Day Weekend. Oompa Loompa is an English Sweet Stout brewed with Belgian bittersweet chocolate, and aged with cocoa nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans. Event is set for 6 p.m.
Source: www.ironhillbrewery.com/ardmore/monthly-events.htm
Friday, Feb. 12: At 5 p.m. Iron Hill Phoenixville celebrates the dual release of Rose Tripel, its traditional Belgian-style golden ale .. and its Chocolate Stout, an English-style Russian Imperial Stout. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Source: www.ironhillbrewery.com/phoenixville/monthly-events.htm
Saturday, Feb. 13: On Valentine’s weekend, Doylestown Brewing Co. will hold its “Love & Lager Night” beer and wine pairing dinner. Five unique courses will be served with beer and wine selected for each course. Cost is $75 per person / $140 per couple. Event is set for 7 to 10 p.m. For reservation information, call 267-454-7240 or check www.doylestownbrewingcompany.com, click on the Events tab.
Source: http://www.doylestownbrewingcompany.com/#!brew-pub/c21n8

— Compiled by Matt Brasch. For more, check his blog at http://thebrewholder.com.

There are also many local beers that would be appropriate for Super Bowl 50.
One fantastic choice is North Penn-based Prism Brewing Company’s “Red Zone,” their “football seasonal.” Released in the autumn “…when the leaves begin to change colors and you start to get that smell of fall in the air,” Red Zone is described at www.prismbeer.com as a “spiced ale…based on an Irish Red and is kicked up with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and Maple Syrup from Western Pennsylvania to give it that fall flavor you’ve been craving all summer long.” For more, check www.prismbeer.com/our-beers/red-zone/
Just in time for the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary, Vault Brewing Co. in Yardley is holding the next bottle release in their Artist Series, the “Belgian Golden Ale Trio.” Three variants on their Golden Ale include a Chardonnay Barrel Aged, Tequila Barrel Aged, and Apple Brandy Barrel Aged. All three bottles were released at noon, Sunday, Jan. 31 and were limited to two of each bottle per person, per transaction. Each 22-ounce bottle costs $15. Supply is limited and may be completely gone by the weekend, so if you are interested in the Belgian Golden Trio, it is suggested that you call in advance to make sure there are still some available. Check www.vaultbrewing.com/news-and-events/belgian-golden-ale-trio/
How about a “super” beer for the Super Bowl? Iron Hill Brewing in North Wales currently has its “Superbier” on draft, a “Belgian-style tripel brewed with Pilsner malt and a traditional strain of yeast that provides flavors of pear, banana and spice,” according to ironhillbrewery.com. At 8.6 percent, this is a nice sipping beer to get you through this year’s halftime show. It is not available in bottles or cans, but stop in with a growler on game day and you’ll be able to serve your guests some of the freshest beer available.
For those closely following Super Bowl 50 and the NFL, you know that one of the teams playing in the game is the Carolina Panthers. Coincidentally, a beer called “Nacho Panther” can be found on draft at Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewpub. Brewed in collaboration with Fry Guys Brewing Company and described as a “Cola Stout,” it is “brewed with a plethora of specialty malts and spiced with citrus peel, kola nut, cinnamon and licorice root,” according to Tiredhands.com/café/beers, which combine to give it a flavor of an “old-fashioned soda-jerk cola.” Even better – 10 percent of all sales of Nacho Panther will be donated to First Book Philadelphia.
With so many options to choose from, there is no doubt that there is a Super Bowl beer for you. And if you find yourself struggling to make a decision on one beer – try several. Having multiple varieties of beer on hand will guarantee that your Super Bowl 50 party will be a success for football fans and beer fans alike.
Cheers!

Columnist Matt Brasch is a beer enthusiast and a lifelong Montgomery County resident. For more, go to http://thebrewholder.com and follow him  on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at “The Brewholder.”

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