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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 3!

Brad

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 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, 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. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Three - St Louis Rams at Chicago Bears (#schlaflybeer vs #gooseisland)

Due to contractual negotiations, for this week Beer Friend Brad has been replaced for Hashtag Battles by Replacement Beer Friend Ron, who is a construction foreman... Enjoy.

This week the LA Rams take on the Chicago Cubs (wearing blue). This game will be played at Chicago stadium and I really need Matt Forte to do well because I have him in fantasy. Actually I'm a huge St Louis fan (check my facebook profile) and I'm super excited to be on national television. These guys are so big they scare me (sometimes when I get nervous I start throwing flags...)

OK... stop. This was a failure - and it only took one paragraph... what's taking the NFL so long?

This week's hashtag battle pits the St Louis Rams against the Chicago Bears. The St Louis Rams have been a interesting team the past few years. Sam Bradford is still trying to come out of his shell and stay alive behind a makeshift line... while Jeff Fisher is trying to build a champion with hard-hitting (dirty?) defense. The only problem is St Louis has never been good because it's a baseball town. I'd even argue that the Super Bowl win and the few years after were the result the backyard football Kurt Warner was playing. Then everyone realized that their defense couldn't tackle, defend, or even stand in the way of opposing players and the Mike Martz schemes got old - finally the team was forced into re-boot mode. Here comes a defensive minded Steve Spags fresh off a SB victory with the G-men and an attempt to right the ship. A 1-15 campaign in 2009 (I bet the 2008 Lions were sweating that one out...) earned the team the first pick in 2010 draft -- Sam Bradford. With a beast of a RB in Steven Jackson, and a weak NFC West, the Rams finished 7-9 and things looked up, then the NFC West got really good (see San Francisco 49ers) and the Rams fell to 2-14 again, oh where have you gone Eric Dickerson? This year the Rams started 1-1, a last minute lost to the Detroit Lions, who managed not to step on a single opposing player, and a victory against the Washington "Offensive Native American Name's" who played the role of the Detroit Lions and shot themselves in the foot. Is this a bounce back year? Stay tuned...

Schlafly is a delicious brewery operating in the shadow of Budweiser. While Bud seems to rule St Louis, Schlafly is providing quality beverages that help the good City of St Louis get drunk (and forget those tough Rams seasons). While the Beer Friends haven't officially reviewed a Schlafly beer, we've drank our fair share. The Steven Jackson of the Schlafly beers (you know, the only player you'd draft in fantasy with a StL next to their name) is the Oatmeal Stout and the Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. If you look real close you can see a finished bottle on my wall in recent Beer Friend videos, it was so good I couldn't bring myself to throw the bottle away.

The Chicago Bears are going through a identity crisis. It's unclear who on the team supports Jay Cutler and after every week each player is subject to a straw poll if they want to vote him off the Island. Everything is sweet when the Bears are running over opponents (See Week 1 beat down of the hapless Colts) and sour when they get run over (See Week 2 Green Bay Packers defeat). Jay Culter has become so polarizing, even Brandon Marshall's multiple personalities are split. While Jay Cutler isn't impressed with the offensive additions, and continues to target his favorite receivers -- the other team. To his credit, Cutler has exactly 1 second to throw the ball - thanks to the "look out" blocks the offensive line practices. Unless it changes, this team is looking at the start of a Chicago Cub-like streak of playoff heartbreak.

Goose Island made the news in the last few years by being bought out - of course craft beer fans knew Goose Island long before that. 312 is a Presidential Favorite, and IPA is a standard found at quite a few bars this Beer Friend visits. Goose Island specializes in very crafty Belgian or "Vintage" brews (see the line up here) - but what really knocks my socks off is their Bourbon County Beers. The flavors hit me so hard I feel like Jay Cutler, and after a few I start yelling at everyone else too.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #schlaflybeer #gooseisland, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!