Let’s suppose, for a moment, that you’re the kind of lady or gentleman who likes an ice cold beer before a football game. The only problem is, if you’re anything like me, you’ve discovered that drinking beer can be a horribly expensive habit, especially if you’re a fan of craft breweries (heck, I’d drink Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA all day, if it weren’t $15 for a 4-pack. Or like 500 calories per bottle. Or if it didn’t threaten to kill me before 40).
And, as many of you know, tailgating can — and usually does — take place over several hours, sometimes two days at a time, depending on your college and pro team. The question is: how the hell are you supposed to afford that much craft beer? Unless you get a second mortgage on your house or something. And if that’s crossed your mind as a legitimate possibility, you might want to talk to someone — your spouse, for instance — before pulling the trigger.
So, how can you explore some unique beer styles, while still staying budget-savvy? Enter Tailgate Fan. Today we’ll walk you through the perfect center of this particular Venn diagram. We’re also aiming to give you a list of nationally available beers, so you can stock up on any tailgating road trips, too. Just remember not to curse us during your hangover.
Is it “craft”? Hard to say. But it is a unique style, so I’ll allow it for now. But this is still a tricky one, for a few reasons. Personally speaking, I’ve always preferred Guinness to come straight from the tap. The little nitrogen widget they put into cans of Guinness do a noble job trying to recreate the bar experience, but sometimes it feels like microwaving your own frozen White Castle burgers. There’s just something missing. That said, I’m still a fan of the stuff. I wrote a whole defense of Guinness snobbery last Saint Patrick’s Day. And besides, it’s always good to have on hand in case someone sneaks in a little Jameson and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Car bombs ahoy!