A Big Game is set for Sunday. A football game, it seems. You might know it by another, more familiar name. But the NFL is particular about how and where the two words before LIII are used.
Utah Beer News is undoubtedly flying within the NFL’s radar right now thanks to our killer coverage. So we’ll play it safe, lest we receive any unwelcome knocks on our door this weekend.
While the chances of the NFL sending us a cease and desist letter are minimal, one thing’s guaranteed: For Sunday’s Big Game, the biggest of Big Beer will dip into its deep pockets in an attempt to market to the masses.
Sure, it’s fun to hoot and holler at your TV from the comfort of your couch. But wouldn’t you rather watch the game and perhaps mock certain $5.25 million commercials from one of Utah’s finer craft beer establishments?
Sure you would.
Fortunately, Utah breweries are planning special events and watch parties catering to the Big Game crowd.
Here are several we came across on social media and elsewhere recently.
If you know of others, feel free to send us a link or drop a line in the comments.
As always, it’s a good idea to confirm event details with individual breweries before finalizing your plans.
NOTE: Scroll to the bottom of this article to read about the For the Love of Beer festival happening on Saturday in Ogden.
Big Game & Utah Beer
Desert Edge Pub & Brewery
The Trolley Square institution is inviting football fans (or others) to fill up their growlers. Feb. 2-3 only, a 64-ounce growler fill at Desert Edge Pub & Brewery is $6 and a 32-ounce grumble fill is $3. Add $2.50 if you need to purchase the glass container.
Hopkins Brewing Co.
A new kid on Utah’s beer block is celebrating its first “super” weekend in style. Hopkins Brewing Co. in Sugar House plans to serve up eight beers on tap, as well as a lineup of football fan food — loaded tot-chos, Carne Asada tacos, sticky wings, etc.
Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.
The Midvale establishment is taking advanced orders for its Game Day Wing Platters. Order in bunches — 30, 50, 75, or 100! While there, you could also pick up a growler to make the football-wings-beer trifecta complete.
Policy Kings Brewery
You didn’t think Salt Lake-area breweries were the only ones celebrating this weekend, did you? Policy Kings Brewery in Cedar City is getting in on the fun as well. It’s opening from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday to host a party and potluck. Bring your favorite appetizer, wear your team’s jersey, and enjoy a couple beers from one of Utah’s newer breweries.
Proper Brewing / Proper Burger
Red Rock Brewery
Red Rock Brewery is adding a 75-inch television to its downtown location especially for Super Sunday! Drink and dine with friends while watching the game (or the commercials, if that’s your thing).
Incidentally, on Friday, Feb. 1, Red Rock is releasing its Peaches & Steam beer. It’s a California Common style — steam beer — with peaches. Maybe that will be your Sunday sipper.
SaltFire Brewing Co.
Getting into the spirit, SaltFire Brewing Co. invites fans to watch the game at its place in South Salt Lake. $2 off beers and $4 empanada specials for the occasion.
On the Big Screen
And, while not a brewery, Brewvies Cinema Pub serves beer and will broadcast the Big Game on one of its supersized silver screens. This one costs $15 in advance ($20 at the door) but it includes an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Never mind the watch party seems to be sponsored by a certain mass-produced light beer. The pub carries plenty of Utah-brewed beers as well. Touchdown!
For the Love of Beer
If you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, on Saturday Roosters Brewing Co. is hosting its third-annual For the Love of Beer event, this time at its new B Street Brewery and Taproom in Ogden.
Utah breweries scheduled to pour at the event, which takes place on Feb. 2 from 4-8 p.m., are (and here’s what they’ll be pouring):
- Fisher Brewing
- Hoppers Grill & Brewing Co.
- Kiitos Brewing
- Mountain West Hard Cider
- Red Rock Brewing
- RoHa Brewing Project
- Roosters Brewing Co.
- Talisman Brewing
- Uinta Brewing
Beehive Cheese and Daily Rise Coffee will be on site as well.
Admission is $15 and includes a private party, brewery tours, light appetizers, and the opportunity to visit with representatives from breweries around the state, organizers say. Beer samples will be available for purchase at the event.
“We have opted not to do a take home tasting glass this year,” Roosters notes on its Facebook event listing. “But we do have a few tricks and treats in mind that will more than make up for it.”
It’s shaping up to be an enjoyable weekend. Enjoy the game, everyone. And cheers to drinking good (local) beer. Don’t forget to check in on Untappd on Sunday to receive the prestigious Brew Bowl LIII badge.