Thanks to our friend Alfie from Big Cat Country for pointing this out on Twitter.
The folks over at Esquire Magazine have put out their 2012 NFL Beer Bible, where they take each of the 32 NFL teams and match them up with a locally-produced barley and hops-based beverage. They've chosen to match the Vikings up with Surly Bender, which is produced by the Surly Brewing Company in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Bender is an American Brown Ale that the company's website describes as follows:
Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.
And here's what Esquire has to say about it.
This canned American brown ale deserves to be paired with a huge sandwich. Layer slices of smoked gouda and roasted turkey on a hoagie roll slathered with roasted-garlic aioli and topped with caramelized onions and baby arugula.
Or you could just, I don't know, drink the beer. Sandwiches are hard.
What's your beverage of choice during Vikings football? Personally, since I generally have to moderate DN and update SB Nation Minnesota with Vikings stuff during the course of a football game. . .and alcohol has the potential to make that go very, very badly. . .generally during the games I'm quite happy with an ice cold Mountain Dew or Barq's Root Beer. But I know that in the Game Threads that folks are often expressing their brew of choice, so have at it here if you want to make or get some recommendations.