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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 Thirteen!

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 (#duckrabbit vs #cigarcity), 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 Twelve: Carolina Panthers (#duckrabbit) vs Tampa Bay Bucs (#cigarcity)

We can't ignore the fan mail any longer.  Tampa Bay Bucs and Cigar City want a rematch.  This young and fiery football team turned the football world upside down last year winning with young and very little talent.  Coming into this season they were supposed to challenge the Saints and Falcons for the division but instead have fallen to 4-7 after 5 straight loses (thank god for San Diego or this would be the worst in the league!).  Tampa Bay sometimes plays inspired ball with a young QB in Josh Freeman and with LaGarrette Blount hitting his running holes things could be on the rise.  However this week they play another young team in Carolina and Freeman is out - they might catch San Diego after all.  Cigar City always brews with inspiration.  After a tough match up in week 1, they are back to play a divisional rival in Duck Rabbit, let's see if they learned from their earlier game and turn the tables on the Carolina's first time in the hashtag battle arena.

Carolina has a lot of plus to this mostly minus of a season.  Last year under John Fox (who's winning in Denver with Tebow and Jesus as is co-coaches) they when 1-15 and selected Cam "I'll play anywhere as long as my dad gets paid" Newton to QB a defensive minded team with Rivera taking over from San Diego.  At 3-8 they've already tripled their win totals and Cam is throwing it all over the field (and not only to the DB's from the other team!).  With a tough schedule ahead (Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans) and a hot and cold team twice (Tampa Bay), the season is still very much in flux.  Who knows, a low draft pick to help Cam on the offensive might be exactly what they need to get back into the NFC South race.  Duck Rabbit is a small brewery with a big following.  In my life the Milk Stout became something of legend when it started popping up on Untappd.com and when I finally had it, it was well worth the wait.  This brewery is young but growing with the talent they have - can the Panthers and Duck Rabbits co-exist and will youth prevail in this weeks hashtag battle?