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Sports Illustrated makes alcohol pairings for college football programs


It was announced earlier this month that Texas football made Corona the official beer of the Texas Longhorns.

That new partnership inspired Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated decided to match college football programs with their appropriate alcoholic beverage.

“If this is going to become a thing, the schools and booze should be matched appropriately,” Staples said.” So let’s tip one back and bring some brands together…”

You’ll NEVER guess what Staples paired Kentucky football with…

Okay you probably did guess it. Woodford Reserve.

There are so many excellent bourbons from which to choose, but some of the best mass-production bourbon is made one county over from Lexington.

Despite the predicted pairing from Staples, I am just glad we made this list. Here are some other comparison’s around the SEC:

Alabama: Downtown North Porter

This chocolatey, malty offering from Tuscaloosa’s own Druid City Brewing is as heavy as Da’Ron Payne and hits just as hard.

Arkansas: The Wal-Mart

This concoction, which mixes a White Russian and Diet Coke, isn’t on the menu at Theo’s in Fayetteville, but they’ll make it for you if you ask.

Georgia: Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

The Terrapin Brewery in Athens somehow managed to make a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in beer form. So we know who should win the next Nobel Prize for chemistry.

Florida: Wild Night Honey Cream Ale

Gainesville’s own Swamp Head Brewery makes the perfect by-the-pool beer, and it comes in cans so you don’t get kicked out of the pool.

LSU: Abita Turbodog

Louisiana has its share of unofficial beverages, but this dark brown ale pairs perfectly with all those delicious things those LSU fans cook at their tailgates.

South Carolina: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka

The founders of this Wadmalaw Island-based distillery–one of whom is an LSU grad–had to go to Columbia to get the state’s liquor laws changed so they could make this magic liquid. Now, tailgaters at Williams-Brice Stadium can drink a spirit that tastes just like their favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Tennessee: Jack Daniel’s

Volunteers fans sing about getting their corn from a jar, but the truth is it comes from Lynchburg.

Texas A&M: Shiner Bock

If the marketing folks in College Station are smart, their first call after the Texas-Corona news broke was to the Spoetzl Brewery, home of the true state beer of Texas. This union needed to happen yesterday.


[Forget Texas and Corona. Here are the perfect alcohol pairings for college football programs]

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

2 Comments for Sports Illustrated makes alcohol pairings for college football programs

  1. CatFanInTheVille
    1:52 pm July 16, 2017 Permalink

    Would UofLs be Falls City Beer or anything they can get 2 for 1?