🎃 Stock up now for Sober October!
by Erin Bates February 04, 2021
This Sunday marks the biggest game day of the year- Super Bowl 55. And while some of us might be looking forward to The Weeknd’s halftime show more than the actual game- everyone loves an excuse to party.
But this time, partying doesn’t have to mean drinking alcohol. To us, partying is about celebrating, enjoying friend’s company, and eating great food. With Grüvi, you can party for the Super Bowl however you want (and still be able wake up for work on Monday morning.)
For this year’s game day, we wanted to feature our beers alongside popular Super Bowl snacks. But instead of your typical fried, greasy foods, we lightened things up with some better-for-you options to pair with our favorite Grüvi beers. Check out our top Super Bowl beer and snack pairings:
The bitterness and hops in IPA’s helps cut through savory, fatty or spicy dishes with ease. Plus, the slightly hoppy carbonation is ideal for balancing out these heavy flavors. Lighter IPA’s like ours can also work as a palate cleanser, which can be especially helpful when snacking on something spicy.
Instead of fried chicken, swap in some grilled (or baked) chicken wings to pair with our IPA. Just be sure to brine the wings for 24-48 hours before you cook them to ensure they stay super tender and juicy- you can even brine them in beer! For the sauce, some healthier options include these Asian inspired sriracha wings or this Whole30 buffalo sauce.
Since our English-style pale is fairly bitter, it pairs perfectly with rich and creamy foods. The caramel-malt notes also work to balance out salty dishes with a touch of sweet. Rich foods need something bitter to help break up the palate, and this pale ale is perfect for just that.
While something like fried mozzarella sticks might be tempting, try out a soft baked pretzel with beer cheese dip instead (we collaborated on this recipe earlier in the year, but it’ll go even better with this beer!) The malty qualities in our pale will bring out the same notes in the pretzel, while the cheese dip will perfectly compliment this EPA’s bitterness level.
A Berliner-style weisse is a light and slightly tart beer that works well with a vast variety of dishes. The lemon and wheat qualities lends it the ability to cut through creamy dishes, while also holding up to other acidic foods like tomato salsa.
Let’s be honest- dip is one of the most versatile appetizers out there. While some recipes are less forgiving (many contain several blocks of cream cheese or velveeta), dips are also one of the easiest appetizers to make healthy. We created this bright beet hummus, which matches the acidity of our sour beer perfectly. Other simple options are fresh pico de gallo, guacamole or this french onion dip.
The earthy, rich qualities in stout make it a perfect candidate for meaty and gamey dishes. Since stouts are typically so rich and bold, they need to be paired with food that can hold up on the palette.
Our Irish-style stout would go perfectly with fresh barbecue, but we chose to pair it with a homemade chili. Not only is this recipe healthy and hearty, it’s meant to be made with stout (just sub in our NA version instead).
In comparison to other sparkling wines like champagne, prosecco is usually slightly sweeter, with notes of apple, pear and honeysuckle. This, alongside its bubbly texture, allows our Dry Secco to pair effortlessly with many options. Though it might sound silly, it tastes amazing with potato chips or popcorn- the salty & sweet combo is hard to beat.
Since popcorn is healthier than potato chips, we chose a sweet recipe you can enjoy with some bubbly at the end of the night. To make a healthier salted caramel corn, start by microwaving your favorite bag of unflavored popcorn (we love this Whole Foods brand, or you can pop it on the stove). Then, in a saucepan melt 2 tbsp. of coconut oil with 1/4 cup of real maple syrup and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add 1 tbsp. of vanilla, and drizzle over your popcorn. Sprinkle with sea salt & enjoy!
We hope you enjoyed our Super Bowl pairings, and be sure to check out some of our other amazing recipes!