Dan Koppen knows a good deal about both football and beer. Along with co-owner Jeremy Ruff, the former New England Patriots center recently opened LineSider Brewing Co. in East Greenwrich, R.I., where they serve beers from their taproom on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Koppen said he got into craft beer when ultra-bitter New England IPAs were first becoming a trend. Today, though, he gravitates toward clean, crisp beers, which he tends to enjoy while watching football with his friends and family.
On Sunday, LineSider will be open from noon to 4 p.m. for some pregame fun. The Burgundians, a Rhode Island waffle company, will be making liege waffles, and there will be plenty of beer flowing.
“We’ll just be hanging out and having a good time, then heading home to watch the game with our families,” Koppen said.
Want some advice from a football and beer pro? Here are five beers that Koppen recommended sipping on during the game — and yes, there’s always room for Bud Light.
1. Lager of the Lakes from Bell’s Brewery
“It’s a good, crisp beer that you can really enjoy,” Koppen said. “If you’re watching the Super Bowl, you can drink it the whole way through and not get full on it.”
2. Traditional Lager from Yuengling
“I always have to go back to my roots,” he said. “I’m from Pennsylvania and a big fan of Yuengling. It’s still family-owned to this day. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a Yuengling Lager. It’s their classic, and it’s just delicious.”
3. Impermanence from Tree House Brewing Co.
“I don’t have a lot of knowledge about the stouts and porters out there, but I’ve had a lot of chocolate milk stouts from Tree House,” Koppen said. “I’ve sort of gotten into the darker beers. I usually don’t like things really sweet, but [Impermanence] is just smooth — you can definitely get the chocolate flavors.”
4. Union Jack from LineSider Brewing Co.
“[LineSider] has a porter called Union Jack,” he said. “It’s got a great malt taste to it. You get the roastiness of coffee and sweetness of chocolate, but it’s all from the malt. It’s just a really good combination.”
5. Bud Light or Coors Light
“You can always go back to the original: Bud Light or Coors Light,” Koppen said. “There’s nothing wrong with cracking one of those open.”