Thursday, January 29, 2015

A guide to 12th Man booze

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:09 PM

You should bring something to drink to that Super Bowl party on Sunday. That's just what you do, because if you're old enough to drink, you're old enough to realize that when someone invites you to their home to watch a game as enormous as this, you bring something to drink. Those are the rules.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs looking to set you up to sip your way to a Seahawks victory. Here's a quick guide to the possibilities.

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THE 12TH CAN: HILLIARD'S BEER
This Seattle brewery does some excellent brewing across the board, but caught our attention last season with their 12th Can. It's a pale ale brewed with delicious Cascade hops that's extremely session-able (that means you can have more than one) with a 4.5 percent ABV. Get these 16-ounce cans cold, like really cold, in a cooler pre-game and it will reward you throughout the contest.

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12 MAN PALE ALE: DICK'S BREWING CO.
Available in six packs of 12-ounce cans, there's a cool story behind this beer, brewed by Dick's Brewing in Centrailia, Wash. The guy who came up with the idea for the beer is former Seahawks kicker (1982-1990) Norm Johnson. It's a little lighter in flavor than most pales and the ABV of 4.5 percent is equally tame, but it's another solid game beer and available in most grocery stores.

12TH MAN GROWLER: GROWLER GUYS SOUTH HILL
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You don't need to settle for one of these beers if you'd rather get a harder-to-find, draft-only brew for the game. Just put it in one of these special 12th Man growlers currently available at the South Hill location of Growler Guys, the new beer filling station we told you about a couple weeks ago. They are also giving away a Marshawn Lynch jersey to one lucky customer, so get in there. If you need some ideas as to what to put into that growler, here's a list of beers currently available.

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BATCH NO. 12 VODKA, BOURBON AND RYE WHISKEY: HERITAGE DISTILLING CO.
If the first half is anything like the NFC Championship, you might need something a little stronger than beer to keep your nerves at bay. This Gig Harbor-based distiller is in its second year of distributing its Batch No. 12, a collection of three different craft spirits. There's a bourbon, a rye whiskey and a vodka. Heritage even gives you instructions on their website on how to make Skittles-infused Vodka, on honor of Marshawn Lynch's favorite "power pellets." It's not the complicated. You basically just put the skittles in the bottle and shake it.


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