As seen and written for BrewView Vermont by Jeff S. Baker II, he is the education and training manager at Farrell Distributing, a Certified Cicerone, and coauthor of the book Burlington Brewing: A History of Craft Beer in the Queen City.. See the full article published on 8/31 here.

With the 2020 NFL season right around the corner, it’s time to start stocking up for game day! There’s nothing better than settling in on the couch with a spread of epic snacks to tackle your hunger. But before you just do a coin toss to decide which beer to grab, let’s run some beer-pairing drills.

The wing is king

From crispy fried to oven-baked and with hundreds of sauce options, there’s no denying that the chicken wing has been crowned the king of sports-watching cuisine.

Tex-Mex dips

Beans & cheese? Yes, please! Whether you’re whipping up your famous seven-layer dip or a slow-cooker queso, the best bet here will be lagers.

BBQ chicken pizza

You can order out and then wait forever on game day, or you can make this King Arthur Baking Company Barbequed Chicken Pizza recipe at home and score extra points with the fam.

Spinach-artichoke dip

A staple on game day at my house, cheesy spinach artichoke dip served with warm corn chips always intercepts my hunger. It doesn’t get much richer than when you combine cream cheese and cheddar, so you’ll need a beer that resets your palate and gets you ready for the next bite.

Buffalo cauliflower bites

I’m not sure you can call Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites “healthier,” but the ruling on the field stands that they are a delicious meat-free treat. And the spicier the better in my playbook