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Break out the plastic purple tablecloths and your kitschy golden, braided wig. Week seven of the NFL season is upon us, and the Minnesota Vikings are gearing up to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. No football-watching party is complete without close friends, good food and great beer. From staples like Grain Belt, Miller High Life and Miller Lite to more adventurous crowd-pleasers like Guinness Blonde American Lager and Summit Pilsener, your guests are sure to enjoy a beer-fueled football party. (Volume of cheering may directly correlate with amount of beer consumed.)
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In the late 1960s, the defensive line of the Minnesota Vikings
earned the nickname “the Purple People Eaters” for its
strength and efficiency.
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Lighter beers like these are incredibly adaptable when it comes to food pairing. Dishes that amp up the cheese (see the Ham and Cheddar Cheese Croquettes recipe) are an obvious go-to. Spicy foods also pair well with these beers, adding a kick to the palate. When in doubt, think party food: spicy party mix, chips and dip, charcuterie with sliced breads, and other finger foods. Oh, and don’t forget the football-shaped cookies.


Ham Cheese croquettes
Ham and Cheddar Cheese Croquettes


Serves 4 to 6  


6 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese
8 ounces ham, diced
⅛ teaspoon turmeric
3 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion salt
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
4 cups panko breadcrumbs


Horseradish Aioli 


2 cups mayonnaise
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons horseradish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold, salted water. Simmer for 20 minutes until tender. Drain potatoes and mash while they are still hot. Add mashed potatoes to a bowl and stir in cheese, ham, turmeric, chives, cayenne pepper, onion salt, egg yolks and melted butter.
  2. Using a pastry bag, create cylinder-shaped croquettes about 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches long. Place croquettes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and put in the freezer for a few minutes. Pour flour onto a flat surface and roll each chilled croquette to coat. Next, whisk eggs and milk together in a small bowl and dip the croquettes into the mixture.
  3. Pour panko breadcrumbs onto a plate and roll the egg-washed croquettes to cover. Deep-fry all of the croquettes at 325°F for approximately 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Serve with Guinness Blonde American Lager.

Recipe courtesy of Guinness


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