Cheer Your Local Team With Local Beer

Pairing the right food with the right beer

College basketball fans have been on pins and needles over the past few weeks, catching all the exciting NCAA action. It's definitely a good time of year to raise a mug to your favorite local team, but why not put something local in it? 

Efrain Madrigal, Wine Director of Sam’s Wines and Spirits, has some ideas on the right local beers to match with some of your favorite dishes. They're sure to be a slam dunk at your March Madness party.

  1. Burgers: A great burger deserves a great beer that can match the meaty flavors of a burger. From the south suburbs, Flossmore Station Pullman Brown Ale has the rich, malty flavor that makes it the perfect beer for burgers. ($6.99 per 22oz bottle)
  2. Ribs: The combination of smoke, spice and tangy zip of ribs calls for a bold beer. From the west suburbs, Two Brothers Bonfire Dunkle Weiss is just the beer to mirror the slow-cooked goodness of the ribs. ($5.99 per 22oz bottle)
  3. Wings: The spiciness of wings calls for a refreshing, but flavorful brew. Try Chicago’s own Goose Island, Sofie. ($7.99 per 22oz bottle)
  4. Nachos: What better way to enjoy nachos than with a beer from south of the border? We're talking about the Ilinois border of course. Ditch the watery brews and try the bold Three Floyds Munsterfest from Munster, Indiana. ($8.99 per 22oz bottle)
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