Raise a Stein:  Serving Up Supreme Super Bowl Beers
A guest post by Matt Youhess, Beer Ambassador for Legacy Restaurant Partners and general manager at Der Biergarten


Whether you’re a casual sports fan, a die-hard football enthusiast or simply joining the party and checking out great commercials, everyone will be gathered around the big screen on Feb. 5 to celebrate America’s beloved tradition – Super Bowl Sunday.     

Nothing complements the grid iron action better than a frothy stein of beer – preferably paired with tasty, football-friendly food. Below are some inspired choices hand-selected specifically for the Super Bowl:
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Krombacher made its national debut on tap at Der Biergarten this fall, and Krombacher Pilsner (pictured at left) is an ideal beer for football’s biggest night. The best-selling premium pilsner in Germany, it boasts a warm golden color, aromas of malts and hops and a crisp clean finish. The Krombacher Pilsner is a great session beer to drink – it’s light enough to enjoy throughout the game without filling you up too quickly. This beer also tastes great with sausage dishes, always popular for Super Bowl. We cook all of our brats in this beer at Der Biergarten.

Another good beer to drink during the game is Spaten Mӓrzen, a popular choice among Der Biergarten’s Stein Club members. This medium bodied brew pours a nice amber color with a taste of roasted malts and the perfect amount of hops – great for cooler seasons and football gatherings.         


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Adding a different flavor to the party, we suggest Erdinger Hefeweizen (pictured at right). With a light taste, this beer’s aroma has notes of malt, wheat, banana and floral hops, giving it a truly distinct flavor. It pairs well with all German food dishes.     

Paulaner Salvator is another great addition – perfect with football fare and cold winter weather.  This double bock beer is bottom-fermented and has been brewed the same way for more than 200 years.   It has light hops with dark rich barley malts, which provide a strong malty taste and its vibrant copper color. Der Biergarten was the first in Georgia to serve this tasty brew.      

Lastly, a good crowd-pleaser is always SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale, which we have on draft at STATS. A great local beer for football fans, this pale ale is light and extremely drinkable with a stimulating hop character and a crisp finish.    

** The top four selections are brewed under the German Purity Law, which states you can only use water, hops, malts and yeast to make beer. This unique characteristic makes German beer better for you than any other country’s brew. German beer is rich in important vitamins – most are delivered to you by the beer's yeast – including B1, B2, B6 and H. They improve your ability to concentrate, support the production of red blood cells, have a positive effect on your blood circulation and can stimulate your metabolism. **  

Join us for Super Bowl festivities at STATS and Der Biergarten!  STATS was recently named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Pick for “Best place to watch the Super Bowl” and among Travel + Leisure’s “Best Super Bowl Sports Bars.”  USA Today named Der Biergarten among “Ten great places to dig in at a beer garden.”  For more information, visit Legacy Restaurant Partners’ Der Biergarten, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria and STATS at 300 Marietta Street in the Luckie Marietta District downtown.  www.legacyrestaurantpartners.com   


 
 
Super Bowl Sunday is like Christmas to football fans, and it's officially upon us. This Sunday, Super Bowl XLVI will pit the New England Patriots against the New York Giants in Indianapolis. 

What could be more classic football fare than chili? With this in mind, we asked local legend Jenny Levison of Souper Jenny and Cafe Jonah to share the recipe for her famous Dad's Turkey Chili. She graciously agreed, and we've included it below (with a vegetarian option at the end). 

If you decide that you'd rather let someone else do the cooking for "Souper" Bowl Sunday, you can take out quarts of the chili, spinach and artichoke dip, seven layer dip , cornbread and more. To pre-order, call 404.237.7687 and or email souperjennys@aol.com. Go team! 
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My Dad’s Turkey Chili 
(serves 8-10)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, peeled & chopped
1 red pepper, cleaned  & chopped
1 green pepper, cleaned & chopped
1 yellow pepper, cleaned & chopped
2 pounds lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons of your favorite dark chili powder
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 28-ounce cans chopped tomatoes
1 16 oz can each of the following:
            White beans, drained and rinsed
            Black beans, drained and rinsed
            Dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
            Chili beans, not drained
Salt & pepper
Hot sauce

METHOD: 
Heat a heavy duty stock pot and add olive oil. Saute onions and peppers for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, adding a little salt and pepper. Add chili powder, brown sugar and tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add all beans and heat slowly for another 15 minutes. Add hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

VEGETARIAN ALTERNATIVE (quantities based upon recipe as stated above)
Replace the ground turkey with 2 cups of diced zucchini, 2 cups of diced squash and 2 cups kale, cleaned from the rib and shredded. At the point where you would add ground turkey, add the extra vegetables and cook six or seven minutes. Proceed with the rest of recipe!Heat a heavy duty stock pot and add olive oil. Saute onions and peppers for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, adding a little salt and pepper. Add chili powder, brown sugar and tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add all beans and heat slowly for another 15 minutes. Add haut sauce and salt and pepper to taste.


Photo courtesy Our Labor of Love.