If Sunday, February 5, finds you clutching an indifferent can of low-calorie pseudo-beer, you might as well turn the game off, because you’ve already lost. Whatever football glory or ignominy occurs between the Patriots and Giants won’t matter, because you’ve dulled your palate, and thus your fighting spirit, with watery beer. Think about it. Does Tom Brady slake his manly thirst with Fanta? No, both he and baby-faced opposing quarterback Eli Manning chug Gatorade because they are athletes who respect their bodies. As a fan—or bartender catering to a fan—don’t you have as much responsibility to respect yours?
Well even if you don’t, Andy Minchow does. Mixologist at Atlanta’s Holeman & Finch, Minchow is responsible for the Jack’s Press, a beer cocktail for winners. Not only is it one of our favorite beer cocktails (read: complex, but still eminently drinkable), the Jack’s Press is also the ideal Game Day beverage: it contains beer (a must), it’s simple (just three ingredients), and by some alchemical amaro magic, it tastes ever so slightly of Coca-Cola. And while we were served the drink in the casual cool of Holeman & Finch, we’re hopeful (insistent?) beer cocktails of this kind and quality will make their way up North in time for the big pigskin showdown.