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The Ultimate March Hoops Party Guide

The Ultimate March Hoops Party Guide

Starting this week 68 teams will battle it out throughout the month of March to see who will reign 2019 National Champions. From upsets to triumphs, the three-week long tournament has seen it all. If you can’t make it to a live game, no worries! From the best brews, perfect food pairings, and commercial break shenanigans, we have you covered to have the best March Hoops Viewing Party EVER!

Not sure what to make? Here are some awesome bite-sized pairings your whole team is sure to love. 

Bacon Wrapped Artichokes // Pilsner Urquell

This Bohemian Pilsner’s firm bitterness helps to both cut and contrast the rich, salty and smoky flavors of bacon, while its bready, sweet malt character mirrors the browned exterior of this shareable appetizer. Recipe here.

Parmesan Party Mix // Peroni Nastro Azzurro

The toasty malt sweetness in Peroni Nastro Azzurro® adds the perfect complement to the crackers, pretzels and nuts in the party mix while not overwhelming the cheesy, salty crunch. Recipe here.

Miller Lite Beer Cheese Dip // Miller Lite 

The bready malt sweetness of Miller Lite offers a perfect balance to the rich and salty cheddar cheese in the dip. The bright carbonation and mild, hoppy bite cut through the intense flavors for a refreshing finish. Recipe here.

Recipes provided by Pints and Plates.
Commercial Break? Start your own game to keep the party going all day long! Here are some creative ways to take your basketball or pong game to the next round.

The Pong Squad Basketball Beer Pong Table

Kovot Pong Hat Game Set

Westminster Basket Case Game

All about the beer? Here are some craft brews that are sure to make a 3-pointer at your party!

Harpoon Rec. League (3.8% ABV)

New from Harpoon Brewery! Rec. League has an all-star lineup of ingredients that includes a healthy dose of hops, sea salt, buckwheat, and chia. Low in alcohol, light in calories, and just a little hazy, Rec. League was crafted to be your March Hoops companion.

Marathon 26.2 (4.5% ABV)

The official beer of the Boston Marathon! This Gose-style ale is brewed with wheat, coriander and sea salt. The result is a light bodied, very refreshing beer, perfect for rehydrating after a marathon (or a little 3-on-3). It's like Gatorade for adults!

Miller High Life (4.7% ABV)

The champagne of beers! Miller High Life today is the same great beer it was when it first launched in 1903. Brewed with the same basic recipe. Bottled in the same clear glass. And priced just right! This March, we encourage you to take the High Life!
Whether you and your guests are rooting for opposing teams or not, beer is what brings us together. Have an awesome March Hoops party, and may the bracket odds be in your favor….

Lauren Sawicki
Lauren Sawicki

Lauren is’s Marketing Communications Intern for the Spring 2019 semester. This Clifton Park, NY native is a Hard Cider enthusiast whom you can often find hanging with her dog, Molly. She is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management at Siena College, and she is very excited to learn more about the beer industry while contributing to!

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