But when it’s the Seahawks, that imitation goes far beyond the white lines. Since winning the Super Bowl in February, the Seahawks and their legion of 12s — the legion of fans who support the 11 men on the field — have been co-opted in a number of ways. From coffee stands to $12 Seahawks tattoos, everyone wants to ride the blue and neon-green wave.
Two beer companies were early adopters of the 12th Man world: Seattle’s Hilliard Beer and Centralia’s Dick’s Brewing Co. They started brewing 12th Man-inspired beers — both carefully named to avoid trademark disputes — that have become regulars at Sunday morning tailgates outside CenturyLink Field.
As Thursday’s season opener approaches, we decided to taste-test the two beers. Here are the results:
The 12th Can
Brewery: Hilliard’s Beer
Type: Session Pale Ale
Stats: 4.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), 32 IBU (international bittering units), 16-ounce cans
About: This light pale ale is very drinkable and has a light hop finish. There’s nothing remarkable about this beer, but it’s perfect for sitting back and watching the game.
From the brewer: “We brew it with Cascade Hops (C Hops!) to produce a beer unmistakably Northwest in flavor and super drinkable from beginning to end. Pairs well with victory.”
If it were a Seahawk ... it’d be Max Unger. Like Seattle’s starting center, the 12th Can is efficient, reliable and a great starter.
12 Man Pale Ale
Brewery: Dick’s Brewing Co.
Type: American Pale Ale
Stats: 4.5 percent ABV, 18 IBU, 12-ounce cans
About: Pouring a hazy golden color with a light hop character, this pale ale is similar to its brother in 12 from Hilliard’s. It’s light and smooth and has a nice, subtle bitter finish.
From the brewer: “The beer is a great, easy drinking sessionable beer that is a well-balanced pale ale that everyone can drink and enjoy as and for the fan.”
If it were a Seahawk ... it’d be Tarvaris Jackson. Not quite a starter, but you can count on it to produce if forced into duty.
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