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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 Season 2 - Week 1!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL 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, 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.  Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week One - Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns (#yardsbrew vs #greatlakesbrew)

Holy crap!  Professional football is back.  This week the real games start, Wednesday night was just a bunch of fanfare - or at least the Superbowl defending Giants thought so as they let the Dallas Cowboys come in and ruin their Superbowl trophy parade.  What irks me the most is Jerry Jones was actually correct!

Philadelphia is hoping to bounce back like the Miami Heat did in its second season.  Vince Young last year (he can be seen as your local sandwich artist or protesting outside a Payday checking establishment) declared them a Dream Team - as he played the role of Christian Laettner.  Philly fans are putting a lot of hope in a QB who's wearing a flak jacket for protection - which is ironic because he probably had one on that Virginia farm of his for "dog training".  Full circle indeed.

Yards Brewing never claimed to be a dream team, instead they brew the dream team of Revolutionary Ales by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Poor Richard (Benjamin Franklin).  These beers (watch the reviews) are delicious and without any Laettner brews holding them down.

Cleveland Browns are wise beyond their years... they are actually sages that spent thousands of years in deep meditation Siddhartha style.  Brandon Weeden is understudy to Scott Bakula of the Necessary Roughness kind, after spending a few years playing baseball in minor league stadiums (similar crowds to that of Cleveland Browns Stadium - *Note: Sell the naming rights, because right now the stadium name is as original as the jersey design*) comes back and finds that huge strike zone to Justin Blackmon and sets some school records passing Mike "I'm a Man" Gundy in the process.  Add a star running back from a National Champion and you've got yourself the first rookie QB/RB team in 50 years (I guess they never asked why more people don't do that).  After a porous offensive line and no breakaway WR's, Weeden will sit back in the pocket and wait for his next "leap."

Great Lakes Brewing Company fills each bottle with a rich history of the Ohio river Valley region.  Eliot Ness (infamous Chicago area Prohibition age "The Untouchables" leader) is an Amber full of taste that it'll make you break the law.  Burning River is named for the amount of pollution found floating in the river that it is said to "ooze rather than flow" and catch on fire.  Dortmunder Gold was renamed from "The Heisman" (after John Heisman, the first trophy winner) back to the beer style it is.  Finally the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald Porter which is named for the freighter that sunk in Lake Superior.  With all these history lessons, I wonder if Weeden remembers these things, because they all happened in his early 20's.

Let the battle begin!  Tag with #yardsbrew #greatlakesbrew, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night... drink to support your teams!