So far we’ve looked at the Bruins, Red Wings, Canadians and Rangers. Today we’ll spotlight the last of the Original Six teams, the Chicago Black Hawks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
We’ll start with the Black Hawks. This is a tough one. Chicago was well known nationally for its breweries in the early 1900′s, then prohibition came and shut most of the beer makers down. We all know that Chicago was in the middle of the prohibition struggle and is famous for the mobsters bootlegging their liquor. But the major breweries in the town never recovered. So, I’ll have to say that Budweiser and/or Bud Light is a match for the Black Hawks. You know Bud as a real working-class beer, down to earth and brewed by the people for the people. In that sense they are a lot like the Black Hawks. A working-class grinding kind of team, a team any fan can identify with. Plus, Budweiser has the concession for the United Center through 2016.
Ok, now for the last of the Original Six teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The beer that most matches the Leafs, in my opinion, is Labatt Blue. Why? Well, it has a maple leaf on the label, for one. The label is also blue, like the home colors of the Maple Leafs, and I have to mention Labatts in here somewhere when we’re talking beer and hockey. They just go together like peas and carrots. The 2nd closest beer to match the Maple Leafs is Crazy Canuck Pale Ale, brewed by the Great Lakes Brewing Co in Toronto. ‘Nuff said.