Brewers Association mails Budweiser fan Peyton Manning some craft beer

The care package included Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

–Ben Margot / AP

Peyton Manning’s taste in beer could use some improvement, at least according to the craft beer community.

The Denver Broncos quarterback — and owner of two Anheuser-Busch distributors — surprised some by repeatedly plugging Budweiser following his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory Sunday night. So the Brewers Association sent Manning a letter and some craft beer.

“While the feat did indeed earn Mr. Manning the right to kick back with his teammates for a beer or two,’’ the American craft beer trade group wrote, “the seemingly shameless plug of the World’s largest beer company made many in craft beer land confused.’’


In the letter, the Brewers Association encouraged Manning to visit some craft breweries during the offseason.

The group sent Manning six local Colorado beers, as well as four out-of-state brews, including Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Here’s the full list:

Black Bavarian (German-style Schwarzbier) | Sprecher Brewing Co. | Glendale, WI

Apricot Blonde (Blonde Ale) | Dry Dock Brewing Co. | Aurora, CO

Craft Lager (American Lager) | Upslope Brewing Co. | Boulder, CO

Colorado Kolsch (German-style Kolsch) | Steamworks Brewing Co. | Durango, CO

Racer 5 IPA (India Pale Ale) | Bear Republic Brewing Co. | Healdsburg, CA

Samuel Adams Boston Lager (Vienna-style Lager) | Boston Beer Co. | Boston, MA

Mojo IPA (India Pale Ale) | Boulder Beer Co. | Boulder, CO

Sawtooth Ale Nitro (Extra Special Bitter) | Left Hand Brewing Co. | Longmont, CO

Session Cream Summer Ale (Cream Ale) | Full Sail Brewing Co. | Hood River, OR

Graham Cracker Porter (American Porter) | Denver Beer Co. | Denver, CO

Boston Globe beer writer and associate sports editor Gary Dzen says the selection — which includes the “great’’ Mojo IPA and “some approachable beers like Apricot Blonde and Sawtooth Ale Nitro (Extra Special Bitter’’ — should work to ease Manning into the craft beer world.

“All of these beers seem thoughtfully chosen for Peyton,’’ Dzen said. “If he truly is a Budweiser drinker — and really who knows — he might like the Colorado Kolsch and the Samuel Adams Boston Lager. This seems like the kit you’d bring to Peyton’s house if he’s never had craft beer and you were trying to convert him.’’

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