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Hashtag Battles Week Fourteen!

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 (#3floyds) vs #flyingdog), 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 Saturday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Fourteen: Indianapolis Colts (#3Floyds) vs Baltimore Ravens (#flyingdog)

Oh Indy.  Remember those years when you flirted with perfection?  Now you're flirting with a different type of perfection, a perfect 0-16.  Move over Detroit Lions... you might have company -  including the fact the Indy has aquired 3 (yes 3!) former players from that 0-16 Lions team.  Remember what happened the last time a Stanford QB got selected by a awful Colts team (Baltimore at the time)?  He demanded a trade and the legacy of the Denver Broncos began (that was after Elway started lining up under center and not the left guard).  Now Indy has an aging QB with a neck issue and the possibility of signing a young stud QB.  Out with the old and in with the new?  Not that easy, if only we could figure out what they are thinking... might as well start following Jim Irsay3 Floyds is located in Munster, Inidana and produces beers found all over the US.  A personal favorite (more for the name) is Zombie Dust, but when  the big IPA Dreadnaught is on tap I'm always gonna grab one.  There's no quit for 3 Floyds and they are coming on strong - good thing because Colts fans everywhere are gonna need a drink after this season.

Baltimore returns to the hashtag battle arena with a brewery that just a short drive west, Flying Dog.  Baltimore has had a up and down season - while still 9-3, the loses were bad loses (Seattle, Tennessee and Jacksonville) and they had a close game against Arizona - this is not the make of a team that is aiming for the Superbowl.  However, the Raven's are getting Lewis back in the next few weeks with games against the hapless Colts and the San Diego "shoot ourselves in the foot" Chargers so look for 13-3 with the rest of the games winable.  Flying Dog used to be a Colorado beer, but then they (like the Colts) picked up and moved to the Baltimore area.  Fortunately the beer stayed the same and the dog themed beers continued to win awards, as well as the label art of Ralph Steadman.  The Gonzo Imperial Porter is always a favorite and never plays down to competition... taking notes Ravens?