Top Ranked Tailgate Brew


The most important product at UofL tailgates this season has definitely been the tent. The other has been the drink in your hand.

With rain falling at three of the six home games, staying dry was top priority. Since the rain limits tailgate games such as corn-hole and ladder golf, everyone is under the tent enjoying each others company. That is when I really noticed the tailgating beers of choice. It also proved to be a great opportunity to venture out of the beer comfort zone.

The top consumed beers are always Bud Light, Miller Light, and Coors Light, but those are no fun. Others I’ve seen this season have been various kinds of Sam Adams and Leinenkugel. The best I tasted of those were Sam’s Octoberfest and Leinie’s Sunset Wheat. Shockingly, I witnessed people under 40-years old consuming PBR, Schlitz, and Miller Genuine Draft. Of the old-school suds, Schlitz was by far my favorite.

Another top beer this season is an old Louisville favorite, Falls City. The Falls used to be made in Louisville until the doors closed in 1978. In 2010, the brew made a comeback with a new improved taste. It is now considered an English Pale Ale instead of a low-cost lager. This is a must try beverage at a UofL tailgate.

Pacifico, an import from Mexico made its debut at the UK game. This cerveza has a great taste and is great with some grilled brats. This solid brew dates back to 1900. Stop and pick-up some “medias” (12 oz.) bottles for the next tailgate, you won’t be disappointed.

During the Temple tailgate, I was introduced to Steel Kettle Whistle. Pretty sure you need a steel trap stomach to handle this one. This lager wins the cheap beer award at $5 a 12-pack. If you are on a budget, consider this can of hops.

With one home game remaining, make the most of it and try a new beer. Go ahead and venture out while watching UofL take on Syracuse as well. Here are my top 5 of the season based on taste.

1. Pacifico
2. Sam Adams Octoberfest
3. Falls City
4. Yuengling
5. Sam Adams Winter Lager

Please let us know what your favorite brew is and why.

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