So about this Saturday…
It’s gonna rain… At this point, it’s a matter of when, not if. In fact, it looks to be a pretty dreary weekend altogether.
So how do you effectively combat the dreary weather and still enjoy your football?
Pop a top, of course!
Let's face it, you were going to anyway, but now we've done the tough work for you!
We’ve paired the best games in the country with our best bets for imbibing… Just be sure you make it to the store before the clock strikes nine tonight (or before the 11 a.m. kick for you early risers). We've italicized your shopping list below to make things easier.
Arkansas at Texas A&M (11 a.m., CW8 & KBTX)
This is a great game to start off the day with, and a great pace-setter for the rest of the day. Let’s be real- if this game doesn’t go well, your football day may be over.
It’s an early game this week, so we’ll start with something breakfast themed. Behold, breakfast beer:
In a pint glass, combine:
2 parts light beer (we recommend Shiner Light Blonde- it’s healthy, and a good Texas beer)
1 part orange juice
1 shot amaretto
The upside with this drink is that there’s always beer left over. After all, chances are good you’re not making it through more than one breakfast beer. Make sure and pick up some New Republic Beer from Whiskey Charlie’s in Bryan or College Station, too. It’s the only commercially-available beer brewed right here in Aggieland, and if we do say so ourselves, it’s pretty exceptional.
No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia (Noon, FX)
Why are you watching this game? The Aggies had better be at halftime. We advise you make like an Appalachian and start guzzling some Ole Smoky Moonshine, available at Twin Liquors. After all, you’ll need something that strong to get over how over-ranked Baylor is. The upside? They should get a solid thumping from the Mountaineers.
Tennessee at No. 5 Georgia (3:30 p.m., CBS)
A caveat on our previous recommendation… Ole Smoky Moonshine is actually made in Tennessee. Polish off the rest of your mason jar in preparation for our next recommendation: Grown-up Georgia Peach Milkshakes.
In a blender, combine:
4 scoops peach ice cream
4 scoops peach sorbet
4 oz Peach Qream Liqueur
1 oz Amaretto
6 oz milk
While this might be a better drink for a sunny day, it’s an equally good drink to lull you into a mid-afternoon power nap, necessary if you’re going to power through and make it to Northgate Saturday night. Of course, if you’re in the mood for something harder, give our next pick a shot…
No. 14 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan State (3:30 p.m., ABC)
Here’s the thing. This should be a pretty respectable football game. That said, we have no idea what people in Ohio or Michigan drink. To the best of our knowledge, they don’t make anything there that anyone else in the world has ever heard of.
What do we know about Michigan? It’s the home of 8 Mile. As a result, we can only recommend your reach for your forty and you turn it up. Lansing and Detroit may be 94 miles apart, but it’s the best we can do. Spend this matchup getting hammered and sleep through our next pick.
No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma St (7:50 p.m., Fox)
We know that supporting t.u.’s Longhorns is not in keeping with Aggie tradition, but there’s nothing wrong with supporting quality Austin-brewed beers while hoping Mack’s boys in burnt orange fall flat on their faces.
Austin offers breweries like (512) Brewing Company (Try Wit, their Belgian wheat offering), Adelbert’s (Their Scratchin’ Hippo is a unique red-brown ale) and Independence Brewing Company (their Oklahoma Suks brew will be available in a few weeks for the Red River Shootout, but until then try Austin Amber, the big brother to Oklahoma Suks), in addition to a host of other smaller breweries you’ll be hard-pressed to find in Aggieland.
Also, Real Ale Brewing Co. is officially located in Blanco, but they’re close enough to Austin to make our list. You’re probably familiar with their Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale, but try to get your hands on their 4-Squared seasonal brew, available now for a limited time. It’s a turbo-charged version of Fireman’s #4, sure to distract any beer fan from the #12 sitting next to t.u.’s name on the scoreboard.
Yet again, we don’t know what they drink in Oklahoma, though we assume whatever it is, they drink it heavily so they don’t remember where they are.
Of course, The Weekender doesn’t advocate drinking and driving. If you’re going to imbibe, please remember to designate a driver to get you home.