Esquire published a list pairing beers with NFL teams and determined that your Kansas City Chiefs go best with Boulevard's 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat. While I have to give some praise for being up on the latest releases from Boulevard, Hoppy Wheat is not the first liquor that comes to mind when I'm thinking of the Chiefs.
I'm thinking copious amounts of booze (either in victory or to wipe away the taste of defeat) and as a result, I've put together a list of five recommended liquor pairings for the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.
5. Boulevard Pilsner. If we're including a beer from the hometown brewery on the list, we need to go with something a little more workmanlike. This is supposed to be a lunch-pail team built on defense and running. Pilsner is a yard beer, and the Chiefs are always looking for more yardage.
4. Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps. Three layers of socks and four layers of shirts are nice, but the only way to stay warm at Arrowhead Stadium in December is hot chocolate spiked with peppermint schnapps. Apply until the warmth reaches your toes.
3. JJ Neukomm Whiskey. Square One, a St. Louis craft brewery and distiller, ages its whiskey (made from cherry wood smoked malt and toasted barley malt) in small oak casks. You can sample it at the Farmhouse (300 Delaware). Sometimes you need something a little stronger after a tough Sunday.
2. Sour-Cherry Gin Sling. Red cocktails are usually like the big-old warning signals that your brain is about to be bombarded with sweet. The sour-cherry gin sling is more tart, some might say bittersweet, like the start of every football season.
1. Coors Light. You can't slow down the Silver Bullet or head coach Romeo Crennel. So crack open a Coors Light and get ready to hold an extended conversation with coach Crennel this year.