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 Four - San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets (#21stamendment vs #brooklynbrewery)
This week marks the return of the regular refs - which received a standing ovation on Thursday night in Baltimore. Everyone was feeling the love. Ray Lewis hugged them, Joe Flacco put on another show and Brandon Weeden helped out by only throwing one obvious INT... let's see how long this lasts.
The San Francisco 49ers are a fiery team that lays out bruising hits, has a QB who manages the game well, and a coach with a killer handshake. They played amazing football last year to get within a sniff of the Superbowl and came back with higher expectations, imported talent, and Randy Moss (yep - just checked... still on the team). Week One they knocked off fellow Superbowl hopeful Packers in Green Bay, although in September it's not exactly the "Frozen Tundra". Week Two was the handshake rematch at Candlestick Park with the Detroit Lions and Vernon Davis catching two TD's, afterwards he praised former Coach Singletary, telling everyone Singletary showed tough love to get Davis to be a selfless player, then dropped his pants mid post-game interview. Last week should've been a shopping trip to the Mall of America and a football game if they could squeeze it in, instead the Vikings and Christian Ponder stole a victory. If the 49ers had a "trap game" they were looking ahead to the Jets - which is a mistake on so many levels. Could the 49ers be the victims of two straight weeks of "trap games" while looking ahead to the Buffalo Bills? That's another first...
21st Amendment is an amazing brewery. Granted I'm a huge fan (see previous sentence) but they do some really great things. Along with Oskar Blues from Longmont, CO - they are the forerunners of the canned craft beer revolution. Bitter American jumped from seasonal to year round offering, and this happens to be Hop Crisis season... life is good. The artwork of 21st Amendment always seems to come up when we discuss them and for good reason. This brewery cares so much about the outside of the can, they must be awfully proud of what's inside.
The New York Jets have barely been covered this season - if you don't watch ESPN, or NFL Network, or read the newspaper, or... if you live in a hole. The Jets have been the media's darling in the past couple years, and after promises broken and Superbowl dreams dashed - they keep dressing in tighter fitting clothes just to get attention. Start with a shaky QB who the locker room is seemingly split on to begin with and trade for a conversional QB/Tight End/Fullback/Special Teams player that takes a lot of FB Toss plays and has a following so passionate about football that they ignore the basic skills of the game that are missing. The Jets were dealt a blow last week with Revis Island finally landlocked, enter their backup running back (because in the offseason who has time to worry about a depth chart... they were busy trying to get HBO's Hard Knocks to come back). The Jets were flying high in the first game of the season, and after the first team didn't score a TD the entire Pre-Season... they rattled off 48 points to the (at the time) hapless Bills. Week two was a loss to the Steelers in Pittsburg, and week three a road victory at Miami. This 2-1 start has put them in 1st Place in the AFC East after the Patriots fell to 1-2. The Jets are flying high, but with this stout 49ers defense, the Met Life crowd might be cheering for the up man on punt coverage to take a few snaps before the game is over...
Brooklyn Brewery has become a mainstay of the craft brewing community. Always producing quality stuff, they gained the respect and are put just under the Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada's mainly because of size. Obviously the Beer Friends enjoy a Brooklyn brew now and again (or 9 reviews to current date) and Garrett Oliver is a god amongst the brewing community, and for good reason. Brooklyn seems to be playing the corporate and craft sides very well, producing enough sixpacks to keep themselves sitting pretty (Williamsburg rent ain't cheap!) and the brewmasters series is Garrett's chance to shine. Brooklyn's recipe for success seems to be produce a good product and keep quiet, only until it's the right time to blow your horn - plus their leader doesn't have a foot fetish.
Let the battle begin! Tag with #21stamendment #brooklynbrewery, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!