Seattle and Boston, the home cities of our Super Bowl contenders, are two of America's finest beer towns with deep roots in craft brewing. We whittled down each city's best beers down to three crowd pleasers available regionally or nationally.
Elysian Space Dust IPA
This high-powered (7.2-percent) India pale ale is packed with citrus-flavored hops from Washington's farms. Matched with a relatively lighter body for the strength, this rich IPA goes down easy and will leave plenty of room for pizza and wings.
Hailing from Seattle's historic Pike Place Market, this strong, English export-style stout weighs in at 7-percent ABV. Pike Brewing used traditional dark-roasted malts and English yeast, but then boosted the hops to better balance big cocoa and coffee flavors.
This longtime craft beer mainstay is a hybrid of the English extra special bitter (ESB) and American amber ale. The result is a not-so-bitter, balanced ale that pairs mild citrus hops with gentle toasted barley.
New England Patriots (Boston):
Pretty Things Jack D'or
This eccentric Boston brewery uses classic beer styles more for inspiration than guidance. Its Jack D'or is a perfect example of that, with the Pretty Things brewers creating their own take on the spicy, crisp saison ales of southern Belgium.
Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale
Possibly the best beer in Boston, or at least the most buzzed about, this pale ale features a massive hop character, but over a dry, easy-to-drink body and without the knockout bitter finish of an IPA.
Sam Adams Noble Pils
Boston Lager is a classic, but this light-bodied pilsner is a crowd pleaser that washes down chips and salsa just as well as it appeases hop heads. The Sam Adams brewers add a blend of five classic German hops that bring bright European hop flavors with a toasty balance of barley.
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