Our Super Bowl Party “Pick-Six” Drink Recommendations
Even if you’re not the most devout fan of NFL football, the Super Bowl is a spectacle to behold. It’s estimated that more than 160 million people in 180 countries will tune in for this Sunday’s match, Super Bowl 50, between the Carolina Panthersand the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California. For the countless tens of millions watching who aren’t fans of either team, the Super Bowl is mostly about the party (and the halftime musical entertainment and the commercials).
Super Bowl parties begin early (pre-game broadcasts begin at 6 am(!) Pacific time, kick-off is 3:30 pm) and end late. So you’ll want to make sure, if you’re hosting your own get-together to watch the big game, that you’re well-stocked on both food and beverages. We can definitely help you with the latter.
In fact, we’d like to offer our “pick-six” recommendations for what to serve when hosting or what to bring when you’re going to a party. And if you need to stock up mid-game, we’ll be open on game day, 10 am to 9 pm, and fully loaded with an amazing selection of craft beer, unique wines from around the world and tons ofartisanal craft spirits.
Glenn Barlow & the Cook St. Liquor staff
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA 6-pk $21.4
If you plan to be shouting at your TV and swearing loudly every time the refs blow a call, then nothing but Total Domination will do for you. The abundant hops packed into this flavourful Oregon IPA might even help take the edge off a bit.
Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka
You’re watching the Super Bowl under protest and to show your support for Canadian Football, you’ll want to drink a Caesar made with BC-distilled chili vodka, or maybe a spicy Moscow Mule to show your disdain for the Denver Broncos.
Alberta Premium Dark Horse Rye $31.9
The Denver Broncos, with their near-retirement-age quarterback, are underdogs to the youthful Carolina Panthers, so they are the clear dark horse at Super Bowl 50. Drink this flavourful Canadian rye whisky neat or with a little water to appreciate its rich, full-bodied flavour. And also to numb the pain if it turns into another Broncos blow-out like Super Bowl 48.
Santa Carolina Cab Sauv Merlot 1.5L $18.8
You might not be able to tell a Panther from a Bronco on the field, but you enjoy a good party with lots of delicious food and tasty bevvies. So show up with this big, bold value-priced red in the party-friendly 1.5L bottle and you’ll find it pairs well with hearty, grilled Super Bowl fare. Plus it has “Carolina” on the label.
J. Lohr Valdiguie Wildflower 2014 $22.9
If the Super Bowl is in California, then you’re only drinking California wine. In fact, the Super Bowl is being played in Santa Clara and J.Lohr is based in the Santa Clara Valley. Full disclosure, this yummy, Gamay-ish grape is actually grown in Monterey County, but you’re taking it to a Super Bowl party—not a wine tasting—so who’s going to call you on that? Enjoy its fresh, fruity Beaujolais-like flavours with a charcuterie platter.
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale 6-pk $19.4
Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale 6-pk $20.40
If you can’t be surrounded by your fellow Coloradans, cheering your team to victory, at least you can drink a beer that’ll feel like home. These are two of the finest canned craft beers in the U.S.—Dale’s is wonderfully hoppy and balanced, while Old Chub is delightfully malty and strong—and they’re brewed just outside of Denver. “Go Broncos!”