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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Super Bowl Edition: San Fran; Who wins?

Day #420 Bitter American / 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
Previously from this brewery: Watermelon Wheat (in my Top 25) and Marci's review of Fireside Chat

Representing San Francisco in my Super Bowl beer battle is a can of Bitter American, a pale ale from 21st Amendment Brewery.  Out of the can, this beer has a honeyed amber color, with a quickly dissipating head.  There are citrus aromas, and the taste is a mellow collection of pine, lemon, caramel, and sweet malt, with some good bitterness at the finish.  This session beer is a mild 4.4% ABV, which means you this very tasty beer will go well with day drinking or tailgating.  Well done, 21st Amendment.  Very well done.
More great can art from 21st Amendment
21st Amendment advertises this beer as a tribute to "unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere," which I guess includes the chimps that get sent into space (like the furry guy on the can).

Okay, so the winner of my Super Bowl beer challenge?  Too close to call - both Bitter American and Green Peppercorn Tripel were delicious, so we're calling it a tie!!!!  Let's go to overtime and compare each city more closely:

Television shows:
- Baltimore: The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street
- San Francisco: Full House, Too Close for Comfort
Two incredibly hard hitting dramas versus two awful comedies?  Even the inclusion of Ted Knight can't save S.F. here.  Huge edge: Baltimore

- Baltimore: hard shell crabs, Old Bay Seasoning, crab cakes
- San Francisco: Rice-a-Roni, Ghirardelli chocolate, sourdough bread
Sorry Uncle Ben, you lose.  Edge: Baltimore

- Baltimore: The Brewer's Art, Stillwater, Clipper City/Heavy Seas
- San Francisco: 21st Amendment, Anchor, Speakeasy
San Fran's might have more name recognition across the country, but don't sleep on the quality in B-more. Edge: Even

Make sure to visit:
- Baltimore: National Aquarium, American Visionary Art Museum
- San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Haight & Ashbury
While the Visionary Arts Museum is outstanding, it's hard to top San Fran in the tourism department.  Plus, being close to wine country doesn't hurt. Edge: San Francisco

The winner?  By a score of 2-1, we give the nod to Baltimore in this Super Bowl fight!!!  Congratulations on this esteemed honor.  Now, what this Baltimore victory will mean on the gridiron tomorrow, I have no idea.  I just want to eat buffalo chicken dip and drink beer, really.  But good luck to whatever team you're rooting for.

Thing to Think About Today:
In the spirit of all things Super, I present you with Soul Coughing's Super Bon Bon.  Enjoy!

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