When beer calls, we drink.
Sud Sisters, a new beer column and blog, officially debuts Feb. 26 in the Food section and at gazette.com. With the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, though, we figured why wait? Our beer skills are needed now.
Plus, if you don't like our personal recommendations for game-day brews, you'll surely (Go Broncos!) be distracted (Woo-hoo Broncos!) by all the other stuff going on (Broncos! Broncos! Broncos!) and forget to write us a nasty message.
Sud Sister Stephanie Earls
Super Bowl brew: New Belgium Rampant Imperial India Pale Ale
As a fan of hoppy beers, I'm partial to IPAs, known for a resonant, fruity taste and relatively high alcohol content. This double IPA from Fort Collins' New Belgium Brewery is dense, coppery and not exactly tailgate friendly. At a hefty 8.5 percent alcohol by volume, Rampant is enough to tackle your senses if you're not careful. But on the up side, after a few of these you won't care that you don't understand the game of football.
Sud Sister Monica Mendoza
Super Bowl brew: Oskar Blues' Mama's Little Yella Pils
On game day, I've gotta go with this beer brewed in Longmont. I need a lighter, refreshing beer when there is lots of food around and I don't want to sacrifice taste. Yella is made in the Czech Pilsner style - no corn or rice. Rather, it's made with German specialty malts and Saaz hops, and that gives this golden little number some kick and a slightly hoppy, not so bitter, touch. And, at 5.3 percent alcohol by volume, you still can focus on the game.
Sister Nichole Montañez
Super Bowl brew: Odell Mountain Standard, Double Black IPA
Let's face it, not everyone is a Broncos fan. But the Super Bowl is an event and even a nonfan like me wants to fit in at a party. So, to show my support for the home team, I'll sport my colors on the label of my beer. Brewed in Fort Collins, this beer is made from homegrown hops and has just enough orange and blue on the label to keep me from clashing no matter who I end up sitting next to. Now pass me the remote. It's Mountain Standard time.
Sud Sister Andrea Sinclair
Super Bowl brew: Fort Collins Brewery Red Banshee American Amber Ale
I like a beer that packs a full-bodied flavor without a bitter aftertaste, and Red Banshee is a perfect blend for me. The aroma is malty with hints of caramel and the flavor is pleasantly earthy from Willamette hops, making for a brew that's got a lot of personality but is not overbearing. With a very respectable 5.3 percent alcohol by volume, you can indulge in a couple of Banshees without worrying you won't make it to the fourth quarter.