S – Superstitious
Start knocking on wood, get out your lucky coin…bring on the good luck charms. Desperately wanting a goal — such as winning a game — brings out the superstitious in people. If you’re the gambling sort you might try putting an onion under your pillow while you sleep in order to see the future — though it might just show a vision of your future husband. If you would rather try to turn luck to your side you might keep an onion in your pocket or make sure that only one end of the bread is cut and that the last heel is left uneaten.
U — USA Today
Anheuser-Busch won the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter in 1999. This was also the first time any beer won the real-time battle. Over the next nine years the mega-brewery battled against itself as Budweiser and Bud Light alternately took the lead until the country finally decided to absorb all that alcohol with Doritos.
P – Precedent
The AFL-NFL World Championship Game, now known as Super Bowl I, was played on January 15, 1967. The Green Bay Packers won against the Kansas City Chiefs and then went on to win three more. The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t make it in until game IX which they won. They’ve won five more since then.
E – Eleven
The average Super Bowl ring is size 11. They are specifically designed for the winning team and weighted down in gems that can glint brightly enough to be seen laying on a dirt path from a moving wagon or so former Cowboy Bob Lilly and his wife learned. The NFL puts $5,000 toward each ring, but the team is only hindered by the generosity of their fans.
R — Recliner
We are not a dry world, apparently. Which ancient culture first drank fermented grains is impossible to say. It seems as if everyone did. In fact it seems that once beer came along all we really wanted to do was find ways to drink more and since we all know how dangerous it is to drink and roam we started to settle down. Once we had time to sit we needed comfortable places to sit and things to entertain us in our sitting. Of course the more comfortable the sitting, the longer we sat. Which meant we needed still more comfortable sitting places. Until 1928 when the NFL was still in elementary school and cousins, Edward Knabusch and Edwin Shoemaker, built the La-Z-Boy. It was an instant success. In later years Super Bowl ring wearers Joe Namath and Don Shula starred in La-Z-Boy commercials.
B – Bread
Beer and bread are simply meant to go together. In Ancient Egypt they were one and the same. Bread was fermented into beer. I’ve decided to take a cue from them, but do the exact opposite. Beer is great at providing moisture and helping bread rise without the use of yeast or rising times.
O — Onions
So good they’ll make you cry. Really. Also an ancient Egyptian staple — which wasn’t such a bad choice as the sum of its layers may help guard against chronic disease. Not that this is thought of when its batter-dripping rings are placed into a skillet of popping oil.
W — Winner
Both the Packers and the Steelers made it into the Super Bowl the year after playing their first Bowl Game. They both won the first coin toss and lost the second coin toss. They both won these consecutive games.
L – Leinenkugel
German-born Jacob Leinenkugel started his first brewery in 1867 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He was just carrying on the family tradition that had started nearly a hundred years earlier in Germany. Chippewa Falls is about 180 miles from Green Bay.
X – Xylem
Hops, barley, wheat, and onions are all vascular plants which means water and nutrients are carried through the plant by a vasculatory system known as the xylem. Let’s all give a cheer for the xylem.
L – Longboard Island Lager
The Kona Brewing Co started in February 1995 and started selling their beer, Longboard, in 1998. Pennsylvania has plenty of breweries, but when I couldn’t find a PA beer Hawaii raised its colorful cardboard six-pack up as an alternative as it doesn’t have its own major league sports team. However, longboard surfing has been around for well over a hundred years and requires immense athletic skill. Mapquest, Google and Google Earth all refused to provide directions from HI to PA.
V – Value
Companies will be paying about $3 million for each 30 second commercial spot for XLV — that’s an increase of half a million dollars from last year. Assuming one 12-ounce can or bottle costs $1 each bought as part of a six-pack retail (I like to keep my math easy) that’s 3 million beers. You can be sure they won’t stop at just one.
Adapted from vegweb.com which was adapted from Food Network. Honestly — every beer bread recipe I found seemed to be the same one.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
12 ounces Leinenkeugel beer (or any beer of choice)
Pre-heat oven to 375°. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Mix together dry ingredients. Add in beer and butter and mix briefly. Scoop out into baking dish. Bake about 50 minutes. Let cool for few minutes. Remove from pan and let cool the rest of the way or cut your first slice.
The other recipes called for 3 tablespoons – ¼ cup sugar, but the Leinenkeugel is a sweet beer so I cut back. In the future I would love to try this with a little rye flour and a dark beer.
Beer-battered Onion Rings
Adapted from Cooking Light
⅔ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
⅓ cup Longboard beer (or any beer of choice)
Cut onion into thick rings. Combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Mix in egg and beer. Heat a couple teaspoons vegetable oil in a skillet. Heat oven to 400°. Dip onion rings in batter then cook a couple minutes on each side in the oil until golden. Remove to a baking sheet. Repeat until the baking sheet is full of onion. Place in oven and cook about 10 minutes until crisp.