For the American soccer fan, selecting your favorite English Premier League team to follow can be a tricky bit. Do you jump on the bandwagon of one the top clubs? Do you pick an underdog, knowing full well that your team may never win a title? Even if you already have a fav, tracking all 20 teams in the table can be a lot to manage.
Sometimes word association can be helpful in remembering things, especially Premier League teams. Just ask Ted Lasso. So to help you out, let’s have a look at what your favorite EPL team would be if it were an American craft beer.
(If you really want to get into the spirit, feel free to drink you team’s beer while watching your favorite team on weekend mornings)
|Manchester City – |
Ballast Point Sculpin
A quaint west coast brew that has turned into the 600 lb. gorilla in the room thanks to a buyout from Constellation Brands. A quaint working-town side that has turned into the 600 lb. gorilla in the room thanks to a buyout from a royal Sheikh.
|Arsenal – Lagunitas |
Lil’ Sumpin Sumpin
The least offensive of the top-tier EPL clubs. Will most likely always be in the top half of the table, but are probably not going to be back on top any time soon.
Liverpool – Stone IPA
An exceptionally solid default. When you can’t decide what beer to order, or what team to to root for – Stone IPA and Liverpool are a choice that will get you through. Both this beer and this team are defaults for many American craft beer/EPL fans.
Goose Island 312
Was a nice regional beer until they sold out to AB/InBev. As one of first of the craft beer sellouts, they ushered in a wave of top breweries being bought up by already rich dudes. Sound familiar? Now you cannot enter an airport bar in America without seeing that goose tap handle. Similar to Chelsea jerseys.
|Tottenham – |
Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing
When a trend rolls through these people jump on board. They heard people talking about EPL and wanted to get involved. Tottenham is probably the team they picked to cheer for. Just like hazy IPAs are another trend they cannot pass up.
|Manchester United – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale|
Started the whole thing. Was probably the first European club you heard about in the States and was probably the first craft beer you enjoyed
|Bournemouth – |
Bell’s Two Hearted
Vastly underrated year in and year out. It’s the beer you may not think of right away, but when you see it, you know it is solid. Same with the Bournemouth squad – never sexy, but formidable nonetheless.
|Leicester – |
Founders All Day IPA
You like this beer. Everyone likes this beer. It may not be your ultimate favorite or your first go-to, but you’re happy it’s there. Same goes for Leicester. After their 2015-16 title run, we all have a little piece of our heart for the Foxes.
West Ham – Sam Adams Boston Lager
A hard-working club that is always around. The beer is decent, the club is decent, but there are probably better options. Another ubiquitous offering at airport bars.
Watford – Moosedrool
A perfectly fine beer to drink, but why?
|Crystal Palace – |
No one is offended by this team, much like no one is offended by the beer. You’re not surprised to see it on the tap list, and you’ll never be surprised to see Palace in the middle of the table. Probably not going to be relegated, probably not going to Champions League.
|Burnley – |
A fantastic starter beer – an intro to the craft scene. Similar to Burnley, this beer is not going to make a lot of noise, but sometimes it is in the right place at the right time.
|Newcastle – Brooklyn Lager|
Been around for a long time – Premier League and craft beer scene originals. Have a large following and historical importance. Not the most relevant right now, though.
|Fulham – Axis IPA|
It’s just not very good.
See also: Fulham