Cool brew selections from Gallagher’s Beer Guide
The game is over, and you’ve built up quite a thirst. Whether it was a hard-fought win or a tough loss, you’re now ready to relax and enjoy a cold one with your teammates.
While Molson Canadian remains the official sponsor of the NHL, beer league players might be interested in a few options. Our friends at Gallagher’s Beer Guide have come up with some choices for your post-game beer gatherings. For puck heads like us, they selected some that fit somewhere within a hat trick of categories:
- Beers that touch on the game’s history
- Environments hockey players know and love
- Skills that contribute to the essence of the game
See which of these light the lamp for you.
Left Hand Polestar Pilsner A pilsner with citrus notes and a crisp finish. Left-handed shooters are the dominant form on the ice in the NHL. Enjoying this brew will utilize your dexterity in a different way.
New Belgium Shift Pale Lager A smooth beer with a snappy taste and a clean finish. Hockey players know a thing or two about putting in a solid shift, so trying this beer from Colorado will be an easy transition.
Sixpoint The Crisp A very crisp beer that’s easy to drink and has a nice dry finish. Crisp passes on the ice is the name of the game. Why not keep things crisp after it’s over?
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale A complex brew with a bitter taste along with some citrus and earthy notes. A fair share of hockey players get their start skating around a pond, honing their skills in this natural setting. For your post-game beer, try a cold one from this brewery and reflect back on those days.
Anchorage Whiteout Wit Bier A smooth beer with a citrus flavor and a dry finish. While whiteouts may mean something different in Winnipeg, what battle-tested player has not played hockey in one, especially those hailing from Alaska?
Allagash White A sweet wheat ale with hints of orange that makes for a refreshing beer. Maine knows hockey and Allagash, one of the state’s most celebrated breweries, knows how to make a refreshing brew.
No hockey beer list would be complete without representing one of the most memorable games in hockey history.
Lake Placid Ubu Ale A smooth beer with a toasted caramel taste and a bittersweet finish.
Surly Furious An intensely bitter brew with citrus, caramel, and pine notes. Some of the best players in NHL history have played like men possessed. Try this aptly-named beer from a hockey hotbed. The brewery is as revered as the hockey players Minnesota turns out.
Molson Canadian A crisp lager that is refreshing with a clean finish. No bones about it—there is nothing wrong with the status quo of enjoying a cool Molson Canadian after a heated contest.
Whether you are an enforcer or a net minder, there’s something for everyone on this list. And if you can’t locate any of these beers, there are plenty of other options in their guide.
Be sure to hydrate with water before, during and after the game and please drink responsibly. One last note: some of these brews come in bottles, so don’t forget the bottle opener. Cheers!