A tradition of distilling that dates back generations vs. the freedom to start with a blank slate and craft your own style. A taste for spirited moonshine bottled right off the still vs. whiskey that rests and mellows for several years. A Continental climate prone with wide seasonal differences that lead to complex offerings vs. an alpine climate with an endless supply of snow melt and spirits with purity.

North Carolina and Colorado’s craft spirits producers may be as different as the two teams playing on Sunday night. But the clashes and rivalries on the football field don’t transfer to the distillery floor, and both make some damn good booze. We have the states on four distilleries from each state; where do your loyalties lie?