Lunchtime poll – you all still drink beer, right?
January 20th, 2011
12:05 PM ET
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Everyone knows that food writers lead an intensely glamorous life, what with the daily truffle rubdowns, the in-office Lafite fountains, the personal ham concierges and that little card that allows you to eat in any restaurant in the world for free*.

We're thinking that we may perhaps be out of touch with the American zeitgeist, because our inbox keeps filling up with pitches about Super Bowl-themed cocktails.

We get it - the liquor companies and restaurants of the world need to sell their schnaaps and lingonberry cream vodka at times of the year other than Christmas and Sveriges nationaldag. We still feel the need to come down from our heirloom salsify and edible platinum tower to ask - is everyone really guzzling down Mike Tomlin-tinis and Rex Ryan-ritas, or is it still, as we suspect, just beer?

*Absolutely none of that is true. Except for the ham butler.

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  1. wendy

    Beer + Football + super bowl commercials = a great good time!

    January 21, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  2. Football gal

    beer and football!!! always a good time!

    January 21, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  3. Bill

    I love beer and I love football and I love beer and football together.

    I gotta say though, the game has slowed down to the point of ridiculousness with so many commericals, challenges, reviews, penalties, injuries etc. That's why the DVR has become my bestest friend. I watch most sporting events on "tape delay" these days. For a normal football game you can start watching your dvr about an hour and a half after the game starts. Fast forward through all the BS and watch all the action. You also hear less of the talking yumyum heads which is good too. All the football in half the time! Make sure you record the next program though in case of overtime.

    Side note – for those of you who hate the slowness of football might I recommend checking out some NHL hockey (only on HD – it's terrible to watch it normal resolutoin on tv). It's rapidly becoming my favorite sport and there is bona fide 60 minutes of action instead of maybe 15 minutes in NFL.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  4. Michael Wong

    I'm not a huge football watcher (although I do watch the occasional game), and I don't like beer, although I do enjoy a good cider. However, I won't begrudge those who do watch a lot of football or drink beer, so long as they don't run around claiming that these activities somehow make them more manly. If you want to prove you're manly, then show me how many pull-ups you can do or how hard you can hit a heavy punching bag, not how much beer you can drink or how long you can sit on your butt watching football on TV.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Pat Mycrotch

      Seriously? You sound so metro sexual and odd.

      January 21, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • Jerv

        LMGDAO at your username!

        January 21, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  5. Bobby

    Beer increases estrogen production in men, creating more cheerleaders ..

    January 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  6. MissP

    Off topic, but I'm so tired of CNN's pathetic copy-writing and editing. Shouldn't the banner read "Do" beer and the superbowl mix instead of "Does"?

    January 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Time Well Spent

      What does the "P" stand for? Priss? Anyone who takes these polls seriously enough to get this disgusted over a grammar faux pas should be visiting another website. Go play in the street Miss Priss!

      January 21, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  7. maine micro-brews

    who is even asking this question

    January 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  8. JBJingles

    Beer has lots of vitamin P so it's good for you too!! :)

    January 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  9. Chris

    Oh heck yeah, I drink beer. Probably too much of it, but hey it's all good. There's worse things that a few beers after work. And no I don't drink and drive. I always drink at home. It's too darn expensive to go out anymore.

    January 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  10. Tony

    Do you drink beer while you're watching the Super Bowl? Two words: Hell. Yeah.

    When my friends and family get together for the game the kitchen counter looks like a well stocked bar. But you have to leave your keys in a bowl at the door and plan to spend the night if you're too ripped to drive. We'd prefer our guests are around to do it again next year.

    January 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • frogprof

      Good on you, Tony!

      January 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  11. West Hollywood Hairy

    We will be smoking big joints.

    January 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  12. cat

    Plenty of Abita (Abita Springs, LA) was consumed last year when the Saints won their first Super Bowl. Not sure what brand will be my choice this year–but there will be beer drinking!

    January 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  13. soleada

    Beer. YUMMY. 'nuff said.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    I don't watch the game....but if I did, I'd be drinking wine. But why waste my time watching a football game on television when I could be reading a good book or riding my horse or cleaning the oven – anything that's actually worth doing. :P

    January 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  15. Burbank

    They should move Superbowl to Saturday so people don't have to go to work with a hangover the next day, that is, if they make it in at all.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Time Well Spent

      Then it makes more sense not drink to excess – DUH!

      January 21, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  16. Cris

    Actually the best drink for football is bourbon.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Snowbunny


      January 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  17. jas72

    Not to be pedantic or anything, but shouldn't the headline read, "DO Beer and the Superbowl mix?", not "DOES.....?" Just wondering. Perhaps an English major could chime in here.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • bigben116

      Yeah you are totally correct. I don't like to be a nazi over spelling, but I mean this is a proffessional publication.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  18. Old School

    I drink Hard Cider while watching the game. Original Sin, Magner's or the like. President Adams used to drink a pint of cider a day for breakfast!

    January 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  19. Caroline

    I meant game, lousy speller, not drinking beer while I typed.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  20. Caroline

    A football agme without beer, is like a day without sunshine.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  21. Amanda

    I live in Texas, we drink beer and barbecue during any football game...or any weekend for that matter.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Snowbunny

      thumbs up!!!!

      January 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  22. Cole

    I generally don't mix alcohol and sports. I guess if I didn't enjoy watching it I may, but there's too much to focus on during a football game to taint it with alcohol.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Seriously

      That's Un-American!

      January 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Anna

      Sounds like you're a football addict. lol

      January 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • BRBSanDiego

      What? To much to focus on – like what? A one hour football clock is stretched to three hours because only about fifteen minutes of actual play takes place with the rest being filled with penalties, commercials, bands, commercials, cheerleaders, commercials, expert commentary (?), commercials - ad nauseam.

      January 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  23. Erin

    Beer makes every sporting event enjoyable

    January 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  24. abcdefgh

    Well sometimes the beer and I

    January 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  25. JainaJade

    I'm actually allergic to beer...but that's alright cuz I'm good friends with Jose and the White Russian. When life hands you hives, just grab some liquor!

    January 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  26. zappafrank

    *Do beer and the Superbowl mix, not *does

    January 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • collypat

      thank you zappafrank.

      January 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • jas72

        Oops. I didn't see this post before posting mine. Glad to see I'm not the only one who spotted this. One would assume the writer graduated from college, which lends credence to a recent article stating that people aren't learning much in colleges. I thought subject-verb agreements were taught in elementary school English.

        January 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • frogprof

      @jas72: It is, but if you took [and passed] it, CNN won't hire you.

      January 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
      • frogprof

        Oops - my bad - I meant, of course, "they are." Yeesh.

        January 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Liz the First

      Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  27. Tyler

    There are plenty of good times for wine, mixed drinks, or hard liquor... but football is beer time!

    January 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  28. MT Miner

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh, but out west for 20 years now, sure miss that Iron Chitty beer when I watch the Steelers, but I suppose that case of Moose Drool brown ale will have to do when I watch them beat the Jets this Sunday.

    January 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • steeler fan


      January 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Mary J

      Anyone but the Jets.

      January 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Kenny Ray

      Good Luck with that one. Go Jets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  29. RichardHead

    Well DUHHHHHHHHHH! Ice cold beer while Naked Grilling on Super Bowl Sunday,Ain't Nuthin' Better!

    January 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Keith

      Amen, brother!

      January 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  30. Evil Grin

    To bad about the free eats card. I was hoping for one of those myself. Although having a ham concierge probably makes up for that, a little.

    Beer? Yes. Of course. In fact, beer, yes; game, sure whatever.

    January 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      Too bad. Not to bad. Although it does sound somewhat Shakespearian.

      To bad! To bad! Thou foulest of writers.

      January 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  31. Mark L.

    Beer and football were made for each other.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • BRBSanDiego

      Totally agree – they both make you braindead.

      January 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  32. Snowbunny

    Of course I still drink beer!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  33. The Witty One

    You need beer to wash down all that good food! You can't/shouldn't chug a martini to get rid of the 1/4lb hunk of summer sausage that is lodged in your throat.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  34. Jerv@Kat

    Nothing like a good ol' fashion Boiler Maker, pale ale and rye whiskey. BTW, that pest vapor hasn't been around since day before yesterday. Have your IT people blocked the little slimeball??

    January 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  35. Les

    go Packers.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • AlwaysRight

      who the hell are the people who don't watch the Super Bowl?!

      Greatest sport on Earth, MMMMMMMMMMBEARS!

      January 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • Patrick

        You mean stupidest sport on earth. They spend 30 seconds talking about what they're going to do. Then they spend 5 seconds doing it. Then they spend 10 celebrating what they did. Then they start all over again! It's the slowest, stupidest sport on the planet. I'd rather spend my "super bowl sunday" watching oil paint dry.

        January 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
      • Phil

        I'm one of the many who don't watch. There are better things to do than waste hours in front of the television.

        January 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
      • BRBSanDiego

        Patrick has it exactly right. Professional football is a huge joke with crybaby, overpaid, cretins playing.

        January 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
      • Time Well Spent

        There are definitely better things to do than watch football. He watches the SuperBowl for the ads and sleeps thru the game. I'll check out the ads on-line the next day. Thank GOD my husband & I are on the same page when it comes to sports! The only sports we make time to watch is (are?) the Olympics.

        January 21, 2011 at 8:40 am |
      • Time Well Spent

        And, getting back on topic, neither of us drink beer. Whiskey & Diet Coke is my bev of choice. My hubby drinks rumrunners.

        January 21, 2011 at 8:42 am |
      • Anna

        Always right- Obviously you need to put a new name down because you couldn't be more wrong here. According to the stats on the estimated number of viewers for the Super Bowl over 2/3 of the United States does NOT watch the Super Bowl. Meaning that those who do are in the minority. And for those wondering those stats are estimates of individuals watching the game, not the number of televisions that had it on.

        Patrick- You nailed it as to why the majority of us couldn't be bothered to waste our time with the game. Nice job.

        February 10, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • yo mama

      In all seriousness, i believe the jets are gonna win the afc championship and the superbowl...i don't like them, but after what they did to the patriots i do believe. Hopefully we will never hear from them again after this year.. and by the way i'm a saints fan. WHO DAT??

      January 21, 2011 at 4:30 am |
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