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A group of Arizona Cardinals fans participate in a large cheering with alcoholic beverages in hand before a 2013 game against the Seattle Seahawks. (Facebook/Cardinals #1 Tailgate Team)
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Arizona beer expert recommends best brews for Cardinals fans

A group of Arizona Cardinals fans participate in a large cheering with alcoholic beverages in hand before a 2013 game against the Seattle Seahawks. (Facebook/Cardinals #1 Tailgate Team)

PHOENIX — When watching a football game, is there really anything better than kicking back with a nice, cold brew? Arizona Cardinals fans don’t think so, according to recent reports.

(Facebook/Cardinals #1 Tailgate Team)

(Facebook/Cardinals #1 Tailgate Team)

Data from the smartphone breathalyzer company BACtrack, showed Cardinals fans who used the device averaged a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.062 percent, the fifth-highest among all NFL teams.

For those who like to take their Sunday (or Monday or Thursday) with a cold brew, one of Arizona’s top beer experts recommended the best beers for game day.

(Facebook/Cardinals #1 Tailgate Team)

(Facebook/Cardinals #1 Tailgate Team)

Executive Director of the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild Rob Fullmer said spicy Southwestern cuisine is paired best with an IPA, but also recommended a specific beer for classic tailgaters.

“A Fate Red Hop,” he said. “It’s got a little hop snap to it — red color and caramel — so that would also go well with smoked meats and barbecue.”

Whatever fans choose to kick back with on game day, Fullmer said he hoped Arizona residents support local breweries while cheering on the Cardinals.

“We really feel as though a red, multistyle beer that has the color and something that connects you with the neighborhood and connects you with the Cardinals, we think that is a good choice,” he said.

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