The two requirements for hot wings is that they be wings and that they be covered in an incredibly, insanely hot pepper based sauce. The hotter the better. That's a lot of flavor for any beer to try to stand up to but there's one winner every time. American style India pale ale
has the stuff to not get lost in the sea of tongue-numbing hot sauce of good hot wings. With a decent malt backbone, lots of bright, herbal-citrusy flavor from the hops
and higher than usual alcohol content, IPA can cut through the powerful taste of hot wings and keep your mouth ready for more.
Whether you simmer those little weenies in barbecue sauce for hours in the slow cooker or, like my step-son, you grill massive steaks for your guests, plenty of chunks of meat are important to any Super Bowl Party. Once everyone has loaded their plates down with big pieces of animal flesh, you don't want to serve them a beer that will wilt in front of the majestic meat. Rauchbier, or smoked beer, is perfect. German smoked beer is made with smoked barley giving it an incredible, unique taste. The earthy, smoky flavor pairs brilliantly with all kinds of meats, especially grilled, while the beer remains refreshing enough to cut through the grease and fat of the meat.
Whether you go with gloppy melted cheese, some ranch dressing based concoction, guacamole or classic salsa for your dip, the perfect beer for this snack is amber lager. Ambers tend toward the sweet side so they balance nicely against the heat of a good salsa or the herbs in the ranch dip. As a lager, this beer cuts through the salt of the chips and cleanses the mouth.
The classic hero sandwich, a loaf split length-wise and loaded down with deli meats, cheese slices and plenty of veggies from lettuce to banana peppers, is a mainstay of any Super Bowl Party. The perfect beer for this dish is the Belgian Dubbel. This rich, malty, spicy beer makes a great companion for the hero sandwich regardless how you fix it. The full, malty flavor pairs very nicely with the meats and bread of the sandwich, while the spicy flavors of the Belgian yeast will dance with the veggies.
Okay, so no one wants to commit to just one dish while watching the game. We all like to graze so what beer will pair with all four of the basic food groups? American-style pale ale
will work perfectly with everything here. With a good malt center and a healthy dose of bright, citrusy hops, Pale Ale works great with everything from the heat of the hot wings to a mild chip dip.