Sir Pour knows last week he messed up. Only an alcoholic Panther would suggest you watch the Saints' game while drinking a $15 a bottle brew. This week I reined in the cat, and told him to pick something easier to find, cheaper, and while I was at it I popped him on the wrist for being such a hop head. He heeded my advice, and gave us one of the best beers you'll ever find in a can.
Old Chub- Oskar Blues Brewery
Based out of Lyons, CO the folks at Oskar Blues bucked convention by putting their brews in cans– almost unheard of at the time. Leading up to that point there was a commonly held belief that bottles and kegs were the only way to go for microbrews, and that the big boys would produce swill in cans.
Now Oskar Blues is becoming a local staple in North Carolina as they open a brewery and restaurant in Asheville, NC.
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Old Chub is a Scotch Ale, and unlike their other IPA and Pale Ale offerings, this is a beer that is all about malts. It's smoky, sweet, and a big hit of caramel (as you tend to find in the style). Careful with how many you're throwing back though, because at 8%, this one packs a wallop if you're unprepared.
How it relates to the game
Old Chub is strong, and comes in an unassuming package. For the Panthers to beat the Giants they'll need to disguise their offense, and be strong on defense. If they hide their schemes and keep New York off balance, they'll be in good stead.
Where to buy
You can find Old Chub in most grocery stores with a good beer selection. It retails around $8 for a six-pack.