Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams: Sir Pour's Brew for the Game

Beer for the idea, coffee for the execution.

In some games the offense has looked dynamic, in others anemic. Still, this three-loss team has absolutely dominated in a couple games, even if they were playing against two of the league's worst teams.

Sounds like the Panthers, right?

Like Carolina, the Rams have won a couple games by a large margin and kept others close. Quarterback Sam Bradford is playing well, and he has some weapons around him. The distaste Rams fans have for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, though, is not unlike the sentiment most Panthers fans have for their own coordinator (or at the least after the losses).

One area Panthers fans can't complain about is the defense, and I imagine that will be the difference maker come Sunday. I believe the Panthers will win their third game, just don't be surprised if the Rams keep it closer than the Giants or Vikings did.

Breakfast Stout - Founders Brewing Company

The Brewery

Michigan-based Founders Brewing Company is one of the most well-known and respected brewers in the craft beer industry today, thanks to popular year-round beers like All Day IPA and Centennial IPA. Their specialty and limited lines are also highly sought after.

Founders describes their philosophy on brewing thus: "We don't brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us."

The Brew

Beer geeks start snatching up Founders Breakfast Stout as soon as it hits store shelves every fall. True to its name, this stout is brewed with flaked oats, imported chocolate and Kona and Sumatra coffee. It offers up a perfect blend of sweet chocolates and bitter, roasted java notes.

How it relates to the game

The Panthers had a bye after the Giants victory, and over the next fortnight some of their high likely dwindled. They need to "stay up" for this one, and what better way to do that than with a beer brimming with coffee? And with a name like "Breakfast Stout," who's going to judge if you're tailgating with this one hours before kickoff?

With the exception of a few unfortunate plays, the Panthers defense has played admirably throughout the season. I think they will keep the Rams offense in check, but it will be a close one.

Price Point / Availability

You can find Founders Breakfast Stout throughout the southeast (nationwide Panthers fans can check their site for distribution). The four-pack of 12 oz. bottles usually retails for around $9.99.

Looking to drink craft beer at the game? Here's a list of craft beers in Bank of America Stadium.

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