Don’t be that person who brings a sixer of the same-old macrobrew to the Super Bowl party. Go local with some NJ-brewed beer that will impress your friends and satisfy your tastebuds. Better yet, these 10 beers are below 5 percent alcohol, so you can indulge in the finest Garden State suds during the evening — and still be able to talk about the game the next day.
Bolero Snort Ragin’ Bull
Style: Amber Lager
Availability: Bottles and cans
Details: When that friend or family member looks at your craft beer selection in the cooler, frowns and then asks, “Do you have something like Budweiser?”, give them this Bolero Snort Brewery offering and say “Yep. And this will change your life.” No bull, this Bull is beer in all its refreshing, amber-hued glory.
Carton Boat Beer
Style: Session IPA
Availability: Cans and growler fills at tap room (Atlantic Highlands)
Details: The crowning achievement of the New Jersey craft beer scene, Boat is the beer that made Carton Brewing a state-wide legend. It’s got that easy-drinking beer taste without sacrificing the hop bite.
Cricket Hill East Coast Lager
Style: Helles Lager
Availability: Bottles and growler fills at tap room (Fairfield)
Details: Represent the East Coast of America with this crush-worthy lager from Cricket Hill Brewery that will fill your palate with crisp malts and mild hops.
Dark City Bond Street Brownie
Style: Brown Ale
Availability: Cans and growler fills at tap room (Asbury Park)
Details: The winter time does mean dark beers, but dark doesn’t have to mean heavy (or potent). This brown ale from Asbury Park’s Dark City is full of rich, chocolatey flavors, and comes in at 4.8% ABV.
Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
Availability: Bottles and growler fills at tap room (Somerdale)
Details: It’s winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer beer. So, drink up with this blonde ale from New Jersey’s largest craft brewery, Flying Fish. This pairs nicely with spicy wings and timeouts where you just have to discuss the commercials.
Forgotten Boardwalk What the Butler Saw
Availability: Cans and growler fills at tap room (Cherry Hill)
Details: Need something to serve with potato skins, french fries and any creative form of spuds that you’re making? Try this citrusy and spicy witbier from Forgotten Boardwalk that will keep you company when you’re losing the office Super Bowl pool.
Kane Single Fin
Style: Belgian Blonde Ale
Availability: Growler fills at tap room (Ocean Twp)
Details: After trying to scrape that last bit of guacamole from the bowl, grab this Belgian-inspired Kane Brewing table beer meant for drinking all night long.
Magnify Low Visibility
Style: American Pale Ale
Availability: Cans and growler fills at tap room (Fairfield)
Details: If the anticipation of seeing Lady Gaga’s halftime show is too much, then put that party sub down and grab a cold Low Visibility from Magnify Brewing Co. The peachy aroma will calm your nerves so you can sing along to “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi”.
NJ Beer Co. New Jersey 1787 Abbey Single
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Availability: Bottles and growler fills at tap room (North Bergen)
Details: While everybody is laughing at a cute dog acting like a human in some random car commercial, you can enjoy NJ Beer Co.‘s clean-drinking Belgian ale that pays tribute to New Jersey’s heritage.
Ramstein Golden Lager
Style: Helles Lager
Availability: Bottles and growler fills at tap room (Butler)
Details: Whether the game is a nail-biter or blowout, you can toast to the end of the football season with this German-style lager from High Point Brewing‘s Ramstein line of beers. It’s been a long season for Jets and Eagles fans and disappointing ending for the Giants, so we understand if you finish the whole six-pack.
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