[Big Game 2015]

A Big Game battle of the beers: Which city’s suds rank supreme?



Beer: Pike Brewing Company IPA

Hometown cred: Founded in 1989 by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, Pike isn’t just in Seattle, it’s attached to the city’s beloved Pike Place Market and makes fabulously named beers like Kilt Lifter ruby ale and Old Bawdy barley wine.

Type: India pale ale

ABV: 6.3%

Taste: Hoppy and bitter, with a clean finish

If it were a Seahawks player, it would be: Russell Wilson—potent but refined.


Beer: Samuel Adams Cold Snap

Hometown cred: When you think Boston beer, you think Sam Adams. Hell, they even make a Boston Lager. But Sam goes well beyond that ubiquitous draught with thoughtful seasonal beers like this refreshing wintry brew.

Type: White ale

ABV: 5.3%

Taste: Light and refreshing, with notes of fruit and spice.

If it were a Patriots player, it would be: Julian Edelman—light on its feet and surprising.

Bottom line

We’ll take Cold Snap’s careful construction and flavorful finesse over Pike’s brawny hop punch, though were the two to fight it out, the IPA might leave Sam Adams a bit … deflated?

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