Mar 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney (31) reacts during a time out against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period at the United Center. Chicago defeats Columbus 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Now for the Columbus Blue Jackets!
I’d really like to say that Hudepohl matches the Blue Jackets, but they’re based in Cincinnati, not Columbus. I could include Great Lakes brewery, but they’re based in Cleveland. Neither fits just right. Now, their IS an Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Columbus, but we all know they originated in St Louis.
Now, I could also include a few of the bigger microbreweries in Columbus, like Gordon Biersch, Neil House, or the Columbus Brewing Co. But I guess none of them are a perfect fit. So, in my opinion, there isnt a beer that matches the makeup of the Blue Jackets. Yeah, I’m as disappointed as you are.
Maybe we could salute the Russians that played in the Olympics with a shot of Stolichnaya vodka. Or salute the Canadians on the team with Goldschlager to honor their gold medal performance. Or simply to honor the American players with PBR. It doesn’t get any more American than that.
Ok, now lets have some fun with a few of the remaining teams. I have to say Leinenkugel fits the Minnesota Wild, after all the brewery is in Chippewa Falls, Wi, only 100 miles or so from Minneapolis. Or, since there isn’t a major brewery in North Carolina, make home brew (or moonshine) their mascot drink.
Ok, how about the California teams? Wine, of course, drank with the little pinkie extended. Texas? Lone Star of course, or maybe a Tequila Sunrise. Arizona? Maybe a nice Arnold Palmer dressed up with a shot of something strong.
Anyone else have any suggestions?