Monday Night Beer Pick ’Em, Week 4: Giants vs. Vikings
For Week 4, the New York Giants travel out to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Monday Night Football. And to get an early lead as to who will win the game, Extra Mustard’s Tiff Oshinsky drank beer from Minneapolis (Fulton Brewing and East Lake Brewing) and New Jersey (Departed Soles Brewing Company and Alementary Brewing Company). Why Jersey? Because MetLife Stadium is located there and we wanted to give some love to Jersey breweries.
In this week’s Monday Night Football Beer Pick ‘Em, we’re comparing Blondes, Lagers and Double IPAs to decide the winner.
Watch the video to find out who will win the game, based solely on beer.
The types of beer used in the video and their descriptions are here. And don’t forget to drink local!
Round 1: Blondes
Departed Soles Brewing Company’s Cantankerous Blonde (5.4% ABV) – Their honey blonde is a bit different than your typical. They wanted a beer that is pack full of flavor, true to the honey, and true to the malt. The goal was to essentially create a “honey nut cheerio” beer, minus the nutty flavor. It is 5.4% ABV, has the sweet and smooth characters of honey up front, and then a nice bready character on the back end from Maris Otter malts.
Fulton Brewing’s Lonely Blonde (4.8& ABV) – The Lonely Blonde wears a delicate fragrance of German noble hops, and slips a touch of white wheat between American pale and crystal malts for a smooth, sensuous body, fair complexion, and a pleasantly lacy white head. Crisp carbonation slinks the Lonely Blonde quickly away, and you’re left with nothing but a slight lingering sweetness as you contemplate how The Lonely Blonde can be so beautiful on so many levels.
Round 2: Lagers
Alementary Brewing Company’s Knocking on Heaven’s Dortmunder Lager (5.8% ABV) - The Dortmunder is a German style lager with a moderate bitterness from the noble hops, a lean, well-attenuated body, and a crisp carbonation. German malts add a clean bready finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness while the yeast provide a clean fermentation profile that keeps you coming back for another sip.
Fulton Brewing’s Standard Lager (4.5% ABV) – Standard Lager is genuine all-malt beer, made from 2-row barley malt, American hops, and Pilsner yeast. Easy drinking but not watered down, they brew Standard without rice or corn for a more satisfying, full-flavored lager experience.
Round 3: Double IPAs
Departed Soles Brewing Company’s Deuces (7.4% ABV) – Their take on an East Coast Double IPA, Deuces features a subtle yeast haze, rich fruity flavor, similar to mango and grapefruit, plus a well-balanced bitterness.
East Lake Brewing’s Dank Aaron Double IPA (9% ABV) – Dank Aaron is a Double IPA that hits all the right stats – 100 IBU, 9% ABV, 755 HR – you get the idea. Stickier than pine tar from copious amounts of a rotation of our brewers’ favorite hops, Dank Aaron rounds the bases of flavor and aroma – citrus, pine, earthy, and resin. This is a beer that can hit it anywhere, any time, just make sure you can get home safely.