The Super Bowl of Microbrews

Some of our favorite beers from Washington and Colorado

By Beau Eastes / The Bulletin / @beastes

Published Jan 31, 2014 at 12:11AM

Want to watch the Super Bowl live on a big screen?

Here are a few local options:

• Tin Pan Theater and Spork are teaming up for a special Super Bowl screening. The event features All-You-Can-Eat Spork (including spicy fried chicken, hoisin ribs and chilaquiles) during the game. Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Space at Tin Pan is very limited, so reserve a spot at either business. 2:30 p.m. 869 N.W. Tin Pan Alley, Bend.

• Volcanic Theatre Pub will project the game on its 16-foot screen. The event includes prizes, contests, games and food catered by Lil Bit of Texas. 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) Free. 70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend.

• McMenamins Old St. Francis School continues its NFL viewing parties with the ultimate finale of the season. McMenamins’ full menu of food, ales, wines and spirits will be available for purchase. 3:20 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) Free. 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend.

— Jenny Wasson

Sunday’s Super Bowl is full of interesting subplots.

The NFL’s top-ranked offense matching up against the league’s No. 1 defense. Peyton Manning vs. Richard Sherman.

The first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in cold weather. The number of Lit’l Smokies I will consume during the course of the game.

And of course, this is the best Microbrew Bowl in Super Bowl history.

Washington (158 breweries) and Colorado (151) are leaders in the craft brew world as well as the NFL; the two states are home to the second- and third-most microbreweries in the country, trailing only California’s 316. (Oregon, according to the Brewers Association’s most recent numbers, has 140 craft breweries, the fourth-highest total in the U.S.)

New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colo., and Redhook out of the Seattle both were early trendsetters in the microbrewing phenomenon, while Odell Brewing (also out of Fort Collins) and Elysian Brewing (Seattle) are making some of the most innovative brews on the market today.

So in celebration of the top microbrew Super Bowl we can hope for until the resurrection of the Portland Breakers, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite Washington and Colorado beers!

• Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Brewery (Lyons, Colo.)

Named after its 10.5 percent alcohol content, this monster stout is just the thing for a Super Bowl in New Jersey in February. Chocolate malt combined with actual chocolate and coffee make this one of the tastiest imperial stouts in the West.

• Law of Nature Pale Ale, Everybody’s Brewing (White Salmon, Wash.)

On the opposite end of the spectrum than an imperial stout, Everybody’s pale ale is crisp and clean but with plenty of hop. It’s a good halftime beer to get you going for the second half.

• Split Shot Stout, Elysian Brewery (Seattle)

An espresso milk stout using Portland’s Stumptown coffee and a bit of sweetened milk, Split Shot combines just about everything great in the Pacific Northwest into one beer. A nice dessert brew.

• Easy Street Wheat, Odell Brewing (Fort Collins, Colo.)

A consistent medalist at the Great Amercian Beer Festival, this unfiltered wheat beer goes down especially easy during the summer … or Central Oregon’s weirdly warm winter.

— Reporter: 541-383-0305, beastes@bendbulletin.com