There’s nothing better than enjoying a cold beer while watching college football on Saturdays.
Whether you’re at a tailgate, watching at your favorite sports bar or local brewery, or even (if commissioner Greg Sankey ever allows it) at the game itself, it’s nice to crack open a beer and cheer on your favorite team.
With the craft beer revolution in full swing, here’s a look at which local beer your favorite SEC team most resembles.
Alabama: Downtown North Porter — Druid City Brewing Co.
According to the Druid City Brewing Company website, the Downtown North Porter is “a full-bodied malt bomb with rich chocolate and vanilla flavors from beginning to end.”
With 9.1 percent ABV, this beer is strong and stout, just like the Alabama defense.
Reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts will be back to lead the Crimson Tide offense in 2017 as well, so Nick Saban’s crew should be strong on both sides of the ball.
Arkansas: Curly Tail Ale — Hog Haus Brewing Co.
The Curly Tail Ale is the lightest beer the Hog Haus Brewing Company offers, which is a fitting comparison for the Razorbacks as they play some of the heavyweights in the SEC West.
However, just because Arkansas isn’t going to be picked to win the division this year, it doesn’t mean the Hogs won’t be a pleasant surprise, especially with QB Austin Allen running the show as a senior.
Auburn: MacKenzie’s Scottish Ale — Red Clay Brewing Co.
A mix of malty, candy and fruity flavors, MacKenzie’s Scottish Ale is a surprising and complex beer that also boasts a robust 10 percent ABV.
Last year, the Tigers proved to be the most surprising SEC squad, battling their way to a Sugar Bowl berth. They won’t catch as many teams off-guard in 2017, but it should still be a good year for coach Gus Malzahn and his squad.
Florida: Cottonmouth Belgian Witbier — Swamp Head Brewery
The Gators have made it to the SEC Championship Game the past two seasons and seem poised to make a run at a third straight SEC East title, but yet they always seem like they bite fans at the wrong time.
The Cottonmouth Belgian Witbier is similar — a good, strong beer that starts out smooth but leaves a bitter, citrusy taste in your mouth.
With QB Malik Zaire on board in 2017 though, the Gator offense might be as smooth as the defense.
Georgia: Athena Berliner Weisse — Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, and it seems like coach Kirby Smart has channeled his inner-Athena entering his second year with the Bulldogs while putting together a potential powerhouse.
Much like the German wheat beer from the local Creature Comforts Brewing Company, the Bulldogs could be in for a refreshing change of pace this year, when they’ll have a good chance of actually living up to preseason projections that have them winning the SEC East.
Kentucky: Half Way Home Pale Ale — Country Boy Brewing
Coming off a 7-6 record in 2016 that ended with a bowl loss, the Kentucky Wildcats are a program on the rise in the SEC.
However, there’s still a lot of work left to do before the Wildcats can compete for SEC East titles. Therefore, one might say they’re “Half Way Home.”
LSU: Juke Joint IPA — Tin Roof Brewing Co.
Though the Bayou Bengal Lager actually comes in a purple and gold can that says “Geaux Tigers,” the Juke Joint name more accurately describes RB Derrius Guice’s running style.
His ability to make defenders miss and put up another huge year like he did in 2016 will be one of the biggest keys to success for the Tigers this fall.
Mississippi State: Heilig Sauer — Mayhew Junction Brewing Co.
If opponents overlook the Bulldogs on their schedules, they could be in for quite a surprise, as the Mississippi State offense returns star QB Nick Fitzgerald and plenty of other weapons.
With Fitzgerald primed to take another step forward this fall, it’s likely that at least one favored team will leave Starkville with a sour taste in its mouth, just like people who stop by Mayhew Junction to enjoy a Heilig Sauer ale.
Missouri: Denali Wheat Pale Ale — Flat Branch Brewery
The Denali Wheat Pale Ale has a great first taste, but the hoppy finish leaves you with a bitter aftertaste, much like Mizzou’s defense did in 2016. The offense looked great, but the Tigers couldn’t stop anyone while struggling to a disappointing 4-8 record.
For fans of the Columbia-based Flat Branch Brewery, that sort of dynamic is much better in beer form.
Ole Miss: Testify Milk Stout — Yalobusha Brewing Co.
This one is almost too easy of a comparison, seeing as how the Rebels are still dealing with the fallout from a thorough NCAA investigation.
Ole Miss fans may want to knock back one of the strong milk stouts when the next round of news breaks about the ongoing scandal.
South Carolina: 803 IPA — River Rat Brewery
The 803 IPA checks in at a surprising 7.3 percent ABV — a strong, hoppy beer with just the right balance of maltiness.
The Gamecocks, who play just down the street from the brewery, may also have some surprises in store for their SEC East foes this year. With QB Jake Bentley set to take a step forward this fall, South Carolina may leave some visiting teams stunned in 2017.
Tennessee: No Easy Day IPA — Saw Works Brewing Co.
The Volunteers are going to have to work extra hard this offseason if they want to challenge for an SEC East title, as they have to replace both QB Joshua Dobbs and RB Alvin Kamara.
Therefore, the No Easy Day IPA from Saw Works Brewing Company, brewed locally in Knoxville, sports a fitting motto for coach Butch Jones and his players as they try to keep pace in an improving division.
Texas A&M: Dammit Jim! Ale — New Republic Brewing
Texas A&M fans have been frustrated with the way the Aggies have started out hot the last few years, only to struggle their way to an 8-5 record when everything is said and done.
Therefore, in what will be a pivotal year for coach Kevin Sumlin, struggles in the second half of the season may have Aggie fans yelling “Dammit Kevin!” at their televisions.
Vanderbilt: Southern Wit — Tennessee Brew Works
The Commodores don’t often land big-time recruits, so they have to be savvy with the players they target — RB Ralph Webb and former LB Zach Cunningham come to mind.
Vanderbilt’s use of “Southern Wit” paid off last year, as the ’Dores made it to a bowl game with a 6-6 record after a stunning upset of in-state rival Tennessee in the final week of the regular season.
Vandy fans hope to be able to raise a glass of the Southern Wit Belgian-style white ale again this year to toast another bowl berth.