The Wildcards have been dealt. The 2012 NFL playoffs are here. Which means, first off, plenty of seven-layer bean dip. Also, sixers of whatever your buddies grab on their way to your place. Dangerous. We say leave the improvising to Drew Brees: Stock the fridge with Cigar City’s Maduro Brown Ale, our pick for a perfect playoff session brew. Cigar City Brewing is located in—and named in homage to—Tampa, once the world’s largest producer of cigars. Their Maduro Brown (a Northern English variety with a heftier ABV than traditional English brown ale and brewed with flaked oats for a velvety texture) proves a versatile, flavorful crowd pleaser. Notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and toasted malt will compliment all manner of game day snacks; the hearty body makes it a good cold weather companion; the 5.5% ABV means you’ll still be awake for the night game.

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