Today, the Seattle Seahawks are at Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC’s divisional-round playoffs, screening at 3:40 p.m. inside Peaks and Pints. The winner will move on to the NFC Championship Game to take on the San Francisco 49ers for the right to Super Bowl LIV. It’s another great matchup of top quarterbacks as Seattle’s Russell Wilson squares off against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and one you’re surely not going to want to miss. Peaks and Pints presents a beer flight based on this quarterback face-off. Wilson, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, is fresh off taking down the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round. Rodgers, born in Chico, California, had a first-round bye and got the chance to rest ahead of this playoff matchup. In addition to our 850 different craft beers and ciders, we offer a special all-day flight today, Craft Beer Crosscut 1.12.20: Flight of Russell Wilson v Aaron Rodgers. Go Hawks!
Craft Beer Crosscut 1.12.20: Flight of Russell Wilson v Aaron Rodgers
Russell Carrington Wilson was born Nov. 29, 1988, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wilson’s father, Harrison Wilson III, attended Dartmouth and became a lawyer. He was also athletic and went to training camp as a receiver with the San Diego Chargers in 1980. The only representation from Ohio in the Peaks and Pints’ cooler is Hoof Hearted Brewing located in Marengo, Ohio (there’s an outpost called Hoof Hearted Brewing and Kitchen in Columbus, Ohio). Tickling the Ivories is a New England-style IPA brewed with Citra, Calypso, and Comet adding notes of hops and citrus fruits to a sweet base. Tickling the Ivories sports a bitter finish, much like the Packers today.
6% ABV, 65 IBU
Aaron Charles Rodgers was born in Chico, California, on Dec. 2, 1983. Rodgers was the second of Ed and Darla Rodgers’ three sons. Football was an early love for Rodgers, who at the age of two, was able to sit silently and watch an entire NFL game. At 5 a.m. on Nov. 15, 1980, Ken Grossman woke up and went to an old, converted metal warehouse on Gilman Way in Chico, California. There, he brewed Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s first test batch of beer — not its flagship pale ale but a stout. It’s been 40 years since then, and he’s still brewing what he loves. Sierra Nevada’s 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale showcases the bold flavors and aromas of a classic West Coast IPA that Centennial, Cascade and Cluster hops bring: intense pine and citrus with a deep gold color and slight caramel sweetness.
8.2% ABV, 60 IBU
Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the home field of the Green Bay Packers. It opened in 1957 as City Stadium, replacing the original City Stadium at East High School as the Packers’ home field. In 2013, Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay thought the field was named “Lambo,” like the car, rather than named after the franchise’s founder, Curly Lambeau. Bam! We have another beer in this Seahawks versus Packers beer flight: Aslan Brewing Lambo Tape Deck, a double IPA named after a tape deck player inside a Lamborghini, melds West Coast style IPA piney bitterness with New England-style juicy ripe melon notes.
Russell Wilson holds the record for most wins by an NFL quarterback through seven seasons (75) and is one of two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating over 100. April 15, 2019, Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension with the Seahawks, making him the highest paid player in the NFL. Russell William Stover was an American chemist and entrepreneur, and co-founded, with his wife Clara, Russell Stover Candies. A brewery in Wilson’s new home, Seattle, brewed a milk stout that tastes like Russell Stover’s famously delicious chocolate-coated orange jelly strings. Two Beers Brewing presents a milk stout version of the candy. Charmingly creamy, seductively rich, this stout is an arranged love affair between sweet orange and bitter cocoa that became entangled in a dark, roast stout. Expect semi-sweet dark flavor that’s roasty with a minimal sweetness, slight orange and notes of bittersweet earthy cocoa.
Aaron Rodgers is good at football but horrible at chugging beer. Last year, Rodgers and Packers offensive lineman David Bakhtiari were both at Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Raptors and Bucks in Milwaukee when the camera panned to Bakhtiari in the stands. The lineman downed two beers in a 10-second span and then pointed to Rodgers to partake in an unofficial beer-chugging competition on the big screen. The Game of Thrones Extra and NFL MVP could not finish one beer. No wonder Rodgers was roasted alive by Drogon as Daenerys laid waste to the city. Brewery Ommegang‘s latest Game of Thrones beer, My Watch Has Ended, is an imperial brown ale brewed with two-row base malt, specialty grains such as oat flakes and chocolate malt, plus maple syrup and fenugreek, an herb with a maple-like aroma and flavor. Hopped with Hallertau Magnum and Styrian Golding varietals and fermented with an English ale yeast, with aromas of sweet maple and caramelized sugar, the beer sports notes of cocoa and toffee and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel finish dry, with gently smoldering roast. Sorry, Aaron, your watch has ended.
Russell Wilson photo courtesy of Larry Maurer
Aaron Rodgers photo courtesy of Keith Allison