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 Six - Oakland Raiders at Atlanta Falcons (#sierranevada vs #terrapinbeer)
The Oakland Raiders came into the 2012 season looking to challenge for the AFC West crown, then they remembered they were the Raiders. While the team was crazy fast (see Denarius Moore) with a strong downhill runner (see Darren McFadden) and a big arm (relatively speaking) they continue to be a undisciplined mess of a team. At 1-3, the season isn't completely over, but visiting the Falcons in ATL this week might have people saying, "The Oakland Raiders are now on the clock." However, there is a glimmer of hope in the no-longer-so-scary Black Hole... the Raiders play a very soft schedule after this week and with a strong finish, they could land themselves outside of a top pick in next year's draft and allow the re-building to stall yet another year (at least they don't tank like seemingly half the NBA teams did last year). Carson Palmer is still struggling with reading defenses (or just likes to get both teams involved with the passing game...) and Darren McFadden might be more effective if he just blocked for himself - but this week they face a 5-0 Falcons team that can basically lock in a playoff position with a win... so there is hope for a W because everyone knows the Falcons can't win when the word playoffs is associated with a game.
Sierra Nevada --along with Sam Adams and New Belgium -- were the biggest craft breweries I could remember growing up. Pale Ale tasted so different and fresh in comparison with anything else that I found myself seeking it out (even though it was "just" a pale ale). Since then Sierra Nevada has led a charge in craft brewing and pushed a bunch of different styles (all with a pine taste kick). Torpedo, Sierra Nevada's 2xIPA, was our first review and still shares a special place in our hearts - so we tested it against the canned version. Southern Hemisphere used rare(ish) New Zealand hops, and then they celebrated their birthday by making awesome beers for everyone else to enjoy. These guys know how to party (see Beer Camp). With new styles coming out, we don't have to worry about any rebuilding for a number of years with Sierra Nevada.
The Atlanta Falcons have been here before, started a season very strong and got into their off-season vacations early. This week the undefeated Falcons face their fourth AFC West opponent in the Raiders. With some impressive victories, you still can't overlook the fact that only one team they've beaten has a winning record, and their opponents are a combined 9-16 - not exactly an impressive resume; basically like listing Manager positions at Taco Bell, Wendy's and McDonalds... After this week they get into their AFC South schedule which is always entertaining for the rest of the league. Another game against the Carolina Hello Kittys, two games against a Saints team acting like this is still the pre-season because Payton isn't on the sidelines, and two against the Bucs. The Falcon's have a long way to go, but hopefully they stay focused and don't blow it - at a DUI checkpoint.
Terrpain Beer Company comes from Athens, GA and was founded in 2002. With a name like Terrapin - one would automatically think they were based out of Maryland, but with their new brewery of 45,000 Square feet - they can now provide plenty to the entire state of Maryland. The Beer Friends have yet to get their hands on any Terrapin beers which is a shame because they've received high accolades and at one time had the motto of "2 Years, 2 Beers, 2 Medals!". The first beer brewed was a Rye Pale Ale and received the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival ( list of 2012 Winners). With the state of Georgia allowing bigger beers, Terrapin started with seasonal beers like Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and Hopzilla Imperial IPA (the little turtle is so cute!) then moved into a "Side-Projects" series that seems like a awesome spin on a brewmasters series. With this little company growing and successful early - all of Georgia is nervous about hitting the wall - oh but wait... they've already won awards.
Let the battle begin! Tag with #sierranevada or #terrapinbeer, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!