Super Bowl decision -- what to drink during game

Tue Feb 1, 2011 12:40pm EST
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By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - With about 100 million Americans expected to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday a big decision for many fans will be what type of beer to drink during the four-hour television broadcast.

Gene Muller, the owner of the Flying Fish Brewing Company in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, said the choice of lager or ale for the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers could depend on whether or not you're a football fan.

"If you're going to watch the game, you need something that will let you get through the four hours. Like an extra pale ale that has some flavor to it, but allows you to still be able to enjoy a few," he said.

"If, on the other hand, you're just interested in the commercials and don't mind sleeping through the half-time show, you can go with something that may have a bit more flavor and alcohol like a Belgian-style beer."

At the Hinterland Brewery in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where every good football game is accompanied by bratwurst, owner Bill Tressler expects most of his customers will be sipping the fuller-bodied ales.

"The hoppiness of the ales really stands up very well with the spice from say bratwurst or chicken wings," he explained, adding that when the Packers win, he will break out the maple bock.

"It's made with maple syrup. We don't use the maple for flavoring. We use it for extra fermentable sugar," he said.

Ryan Johnson, brew master for the MillerCoors' craft and imported beers in Chicago, explained that while there are many styles of beer, there really are only two types -- ale and lager. The main difference between them is the kind of yeast used in fermentation.   Continued...

<p>A tailgater drinks a beer in Philadelphia, November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer</p>