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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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Hashtag Battles Week Nine!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com we will pit two breweries against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle (#gooseisland vs #victory), throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use hashtagbattle.com to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. We're starting on Sunday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Nine - Chicago (#gooseisland) vs Philadelphia (#victory)

Chicago is in trouble.  It all started last year as their season hung in the balance and Jay Cutler couldn't come back on the field.  Instead of explaining to the national TV audience that he sprained his knee and couldn't play - the Bears allowed him to keep his pads on and sit on a bike on the sidelines - then the tweets started rolling in.  The off-season was filled with questions and everybody in Chicago defending Jay - and the interesting Sports illustrated article "Jay Cutler doesn't care what you think".  Now the NFC North (Norris division) is controlled by the undefeated Packers and the up-and-coming Lions which leaves the Bears lumped in with the Vikings (which always play a dynamite first half and then leave their abilities in the locker room for the second half) in the bottom of the division.  But alas there's hope - the season is barely half way over and Cutler has a rocket arm - so there's always a chance...  Goose Island became one of the most talked about breweries in the nation after being bought out by Budweiser.  The marriage was inevitable with the same distribution companies and a craft brewery that's far enough away from anything Bud produces to make it worth while... Then came the aftermath of tweets and people embarrassing themselves at bars - looks like both these franchises are in need of a little face saving and re-birth.

Philadelphia was in trouble - until they won last week and are safe - until they possibly lose this week (also, people are ignoring the fact that they need to rattle off 9 wins in a row to be 12-4 and guarantee a playoff spot) but that's the future and let's look at the now.  The self proclaimed "Dream Team" can be the most exciting team on the field because they only beat themselves.  Last week they looked fantastic against the Cowboys (and those Eagle WR's helped me win a fantasy football matchup) - but they've also self-destructed and had multiple turnover games which resulted in the current 3-4 record.  Unlike the up and down Eagles, Victory Brewing always comes ready to play.  Located outside of Philly - this is a delicious brewery that is always a pleasure to see at the bar.  One Beer Friend still always goes for the Prima Pils and this Beer Friend always enjoys one of their two stouts (Stormking and Donnybrook) on a nitro pour.  While Victory constantly lives up to their good name, can the Eagles join them and win this weeks hashtag battle?