Mayors agree to bet ahead of NFC Championship Game

In the countdown to the Sunday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt have agreed to a traditional mayoral bet.

“I’m in!” shouted Murray. “Our team is on a roll, the seismographs are set and the 12s are primed. The Seahawks are going to punch their ticket to Phoenix.”

What else could the wager be when the Seahawks take on the storied Green Bay Packers? Why, beer and cheese, of course.

Seattle’s offering includes a large block of Flagship from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and an assortment of craft beers from Fremont Brewing, including Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Universale Pale Ale, Interurban IPA, 77 Select Session IPA and Bonfire Ale.

Green Bay is showcasing Titletown Brewing’s Green 19 IPA and Johnny Blood Red Ale, Titletown Brewing Summer Sausages flavored with Dark Helmet, Green 19 IPA and Canadeo Gold beers, and an award-winning wheel of Belioioso Parmesan Cheese.

“They may call themselves America’s Dairyland, but when your aunt from Wisconsin visits next summer, I guarantee the first place she wants to go is Pike Place Market to get some Beecher’s,” said Murray. “And given the odds of a Green Bay victory, the only way those Packers fans are going to enjoy our famous Northwest craft brews is to fly out here to the Center of the Universe.”

The artisans at Beecher’s, aware of Packer fans’ penchant for wearing cheese on their heads, are hopeful their Flagship will fit the bill.