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or at least our team does

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Tiger tailgate scene
One way to prepare for today’s game
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Well, it’s Week Two of the 2021 season, and the Tigers head to the Bluegrass State to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Which means I should be indulging in a fine barrel aged stout, but that seems unlikely for me, as I will be spending Saturday night in Chattanooga at the Moon RIver festival listening to the likes of Dawes and Lord Huron while my DVR records the game, kristina-style. (Fun fact: I watched most of the 2013 Georgia game on DVR because I was at the dearly departed Cask and Drum festival watching, among other bands, Lord Huron. Maybe the me watching Lord Huron is a lucky charm?)

So, I’ll be drinking whatever craft beer I can get my hands on there. Hopefully, they’ll have something like a Blackberry Farm Brewery Saison, but that seems unlikely. The food vendor list looks nice and diverse, so I’m not sure where I’ll end up, but the pull of a gyro may draw me to the Greek food stand.

Does kristina take her default option, or venture into dangerous land?

So, with an evening game that seems like we probably won’t win — hey, you never know — I will stick to my go to wine. Boring, I know, but it’s easy, you don’t get in trouble very quickly, and you can just enjoy the game for what it is. That being said, we do have a bottle of Two Stars bourbon sitting around (from Louisville, KY to highlight our opponent’s state) It’s good/ nice, nothing crazy strong, just perhaps oddly named? Benefit of having your significant other turn forty not so long ago? All the bourbon presents! Not sure what snacks we’ll have, though a jar of salsa verde from our garden has been calling my name.

Zwal93 likes September and proper pacing

Ah September, a truly underrated month of the year. The month provides us with a respite from the blazing temperatures of July and August and of course the return of football! Mizzou is 1-0 for the first time since 2018 and this weekend’s visit to Kentucky gives them a chance at what I would argue would be the biggest win of the Drinkwitz era to date. Kentucky is a state known for bourbon and also a weird geographical oddity that exists because Tennessee likes straight lines I guess (just go with it). Therefore the only real recommendation I have for this weekend is avoid the bourbon until postgame. Drink a crisp Oktoberfest or Hefeweizen of your choosing and enjoy some pre-autumn weather while watching the Tigers and then after a Mizzou victory you can crank up the alma mater and drink some smooth Kentucky Bourbon as the spoils of war.

Karen will toast to Sea of Blue/Big Blue Nation... with a blueberry beer? Just go with it.

I’m not a bourbon drinker, so I’ll leave that to the professionals, like our fearless leader, Sam Snelling. Upon a quick search, if I were to attend the game in person, the reviews tell me to hit up Lexington’s West Sixth Brewing (the first craft brewer in the state to put its beer in cans, AND they donate 6% of their net profits each year to philanthropic causes) and Country Boy Brewing, which has fun beer names like “Shotgun Wedding” and “Cougar Bait”.

Alas, I will be watching this game from my home in CoMo with some friends, and fresh off a trip to Macadoodles, I will be having either a Bell’s Marzen-style Octoberfest (which would have worked well last week being that it’s a MI beer) or Sweetwater Blue, a blueberry wheat which comes from Atlanta. Since we’re playing Big Blue Nation, we’ll stick with the “blue” beer. Yeah... let’s go with that. Also, I’m just really excited they had it back in stock; it’s been out for months and I drank this beer ALL THE TIME when I lived in NC.

Food-wise? Not sure just yet. Maybe I’ll make some homemade buffalo dip. We’ll see where the day takes me as I try to help out with basketball previews prior to game time.

Josh goes all-in on the theme

It’s a Kentucky game so, while I’m more of a beer drinker, I’ll have to reach for the bourbon on this one. I’ve been sipping on a bottle of Basil Hayden’s for the past few weeks, so this seems like an advantageous time to keep it flowing…especially if the game goes poorly!

Join us in the comments and share what you’ll be drinking and noshing on today!