Monday Night Beer Pick ’Em, Week 7: Broncos vs. Texans

This year’s NFL primetime games haven’t been the most exciting.  Fortunately, drinking beer to decide who will win said primetime games is!
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This year’s NFL primetime games haven’t been the most exciting.  Fortunately, drinking beer to decide who will win said primetime games is!

This week, we’re raising a glass to the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos who are playing on Monday Night Football.  It may be Brock Osweiler’s return to Denver, but it’s also a perfect excuse to drink some craft beer and decide who will win this AFC showdown.

This week we have 6 total breweries representing the two teams, with IPA’s, Seasonal Beers, and Russian Imperial Stouts as the contenders.

Who will win Monday Night Football based solely on craft beer?  Watch the video to find out. 

You can check out the beer and breweries used in this week’s video below, and don’t forget to drink local!

Round 1: IPA’s

8th Wonder Brewery’s Hopston IPA (6.2%) – Most people are familiar with India Pale Ales and West Coast IPAs, but let us welcome you to Hopston, TXIPA.  This hoppy, malty brew is balanced and approachable; enjoyable year round, and perfectly suited for the hot Texas summer. Brewed with Cascade and Citra hops, Hopston comes through in the clutch.

Station 26 Brewing Company’s Single Hop Simcoe IPA (6.8%) – Piney aroma with a bit of sweetness upfront. Fruity citrus and earthy hops dominate the flavor.

Round 2: Seasonal Beers

Karbach Brewing Company’s Mother in Lager (5.8%) – What can you say about the woman who brings a big serving of judgment to every occasion? Sometimes it’s best to say nothing at all. Mother-in-Lager recognizes those who have shown glimpses of sweetness through their otherwise bitter exterior and feels for those who have to put up with it. Brewed with dark malts and German hops, this brew’s depth of flavor will allow you to relax and bite your tongue while she reorganizes your entire kitchen. So grab a 6’er of Mother-in-Lager and be prepared for the next time she comes to visit!  Aww who are we kidding? No matter what she may say or do, we still love her!

Great Divide Brewing Company’s Hibernation Ale (8.7%) – Hibernation Ale has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.

Round 3: Russian Imperial Stouts

Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Bishop’s Barrel No. 14 (12.1%) – The base beer for Bishop’s Barrel No. 14 is a cult favorite, the Russian Imperial Stout recipe used for both Divine Reserve No. 5 and 15. The original beer is rich with chocolate, toffee and roast.  With BB14, we first aged the beer in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for eleven months, where it picked up notes of oak, vanilla, coconut and bourbon.  After this, we partnered again with our friends at Java Pura to find a roast that complements the flavors and selected the Espresso blended roast. The completed blend with the coffee addition subdued the overwhelming alcohol heat that is typical of the Russian Imperial Stout and brought balance to a style that is ually defined by being unbalanced.

Fiction Beer Company’s Malice and Darkness (14%) – Bold, distinct, full bodied, smooth, chocolaty and roasty; Malice and Darkness sets a new standard in Colorado for a Russian Imperial Stout.