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Charlotte Observer, Denver Post publishers bet beer, bison, barbecue on Super Bowl 50

Cans of Hop, Drop 'N Roll in the walk-in cooler at NoDa Brewing Company, 2229 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, N.C., on 07.21.14. The beer is a 2014 World Beer Cup(R) Gold Award Winner.
Cans of Hop, Drop 'N Roll in the walk-in cooler at NoDa Brewing Company, 2229 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, N.C., on 07.21.14. The beer is a 2014 World Beer Cup(R) Gold Award Winner. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

The publishers of the Charlotte Observer and the Denver Post have decided to make Super Bowl 50 a little more interesting with a side wager of beer and bison or barbecue.

The publishers agreed to their bet on Tuesday. Mac Tully, who heads the Denver Post, said he would send bison steaks and Colorado craft beer if the Broncos lose to the Panthers. He wrote in a letter to the Observer that those items “would make for a fine supper in the unfortunate event that the game had a tragic outcome. ... I know the Broncos are excited to introduce Von Miller and some of his friends to Cam Newton.”

Observer Publisher Ann Caulkins responded that she is confident the Panthers will prevail.

“We love our team. It’s the face of the new NFL. Our quarterback, Cam Newton, is as dangerous with the run as he is with the pass. And this team plays with an energy and enthusiasm that heralds a new era for football,” wrote Caulkins. “If we lose, we’ll treat you to the No. 1 India pale ale in America (NoDa Brewing’s ‘Hop, Drop ’n Roll’), brewed right here.” She also agreed to send barbecue if Denver wins the Super Bowl.

“I promise you, it’s the best party you’ll never have!” wrote Caulkins.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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