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2013 MLS Beer-view: New England Revolution

Editor's Note: The 2013 Major League Soccer season is underway! You've read your season predictions, team-by-team capsules, and all sorts of talk on the state of American soccer. Season eighteen is an important benchmark as it passes the seventeen that the last attempt at professional soccer, the North American Soccer League (version 1.0), in the U.S. survived for.

And while you might be celebrating your side's first victory or scratching your head over their first lost... there's one thing that's been missing from all these early MLS musings... beer.

Don't worry we've got you covered.

By Andy Przystanski / Chapter President, American Outlaws: Adams (MA)

A fairly active offseason has given New Englanders reason to be cautiously optimistic.  Recent acquisitions Andrew Farrell and Donnie Smith, as well as homegrown product Scott Caldwell all put in very promising shifts during the preseason.  Revs fans will also keep an eye on the young Diego Fagundez, who is poised for a breakout year (in terms of goals and possibly dermatologically speaking—he is still in high school, after all).

Saer Sene, Jerry “Springer” Bengston, Juan Toja, Lee Nguyen, and Stephen McCarthy are other standouts on a surprising talented squad.  Since Benny Feilhaber’s departure early in the offseason, Lee Nguyen has become the team’s marquee player.  Arguably the most skillful, technically gifted member of the squad, the Revs will need him to have a great year if it hopes to make it into the postseason.

Heading into his sophomore year as head coach, Jay Heaps will hope to emulate the success his peers Ben Olsen and Jason Kreis had in their second years.

Beer Selection: Cambridge Brewing Co. "The Audacity of Hops" Double IPA (Cambridge, MA)

“This year will be different.”  Being a New England fan is about keeping the faith in the face of hard times.  Even without a big name signing or a soccer-specific stadium in sight, Revs supporters have the audacity to dream big.

The Audacity of Hops is an audaciously hopped Belgian Double IPA with an ABV of 9% and 70 IBUs.  A meld of the quintessentially American flavors of a west coast IPA and the spicy complexities of a Belgian, the beer is a marriage of New and Old World tastes.  Pair with a sharp, aged cheddar from Vermont.

Tags: Beer, Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, The Best of Both Worlds

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