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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 Seventeen!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using 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 (#bearrepublic) vs (#breckenridge), 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 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 Seventeen: Oakland Raiders (#BearRepublic) vs Denver Broncos (#Breckenridge)

Alright, we know that these two teams aren't actually playing each other - but they do battle for the one remaining playoff spot in the AFC.  With all the other divisions locking it up early and the Steelers with 11 wins safely in, there can be only one.

Oakland has been an up and down team.  With enough talent to secure the West a long time ago - penalties and injuries prevented them from popping the division champ cork earlier.  Now Oakland has given a small ransom to Cincinnati for Carson "INT machine" Palmer and finally (kinda) finding their stride.  With a game at home vs the Chargers (which was undoubtably thought of in preseason as a divisional crown battle), the Raiders are in a great place to advance if the Chargers play like the Chargers Against the Lions and not the Chargers Against the Ravens.  Bear Republic has been doing dynamite stuff for a while now and there's no stopping them now.  Bear Republic has one beer that always pops up, Racer 5 and never disappoints.  Along with Mach 10 (double IPA) and Red Rocket I never know which to pick, but rest assured - I'll be happy (and drunk after a few Mach 10's) and that's when my own personal fouls come in to play...

The Denver Broncos went from the Andrew Luck sweepstakes to playoff contenders.  Riding the Tebow train to a 7-1 record in 8 games, the Broncos, Denver and the entire Mountain Time Zone were riding high.  A blowout loss to New England didn't derail the train - Tebow played well.  A blowout loss to Buffalo with 3 or 4 INT's (depending when you're reading this) starts the doubts up again.  Typically its a team game, but a INT and fumble both returned for a TD in 18 seconds of game play hurts any team efforts.  But Tebow lovers rejoice, there is still hope in a "win and you're in" scenario in Denver this week and the Denver Tebows could reach the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.  The Rub?  Kyle Orton, the first QB to face a team he started for earlier in the season... will Tebow or Orton come out victorious?  Meanwhile the real QB's of the league (Brady, Brees, Rodgers) look down on these mere morals from the Mount Olympus of Passer Rating and wonder what it's like on the other side.  Breckenridge Brewery is a old Colorado favorite with multiple locations across the state.  Recently Breckenridge has been popping up in NYC and the Beer Friends are thrilled.  The classic Avalanche Ale and Vanilla Porter are the vets of the brewing team and Small Batch 471 is coming on strong -