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 Eight - Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (#RogueBeer vs #Founders)
These are two hard to figure teams of the NFL season so far. The Detroit Lions coming off a playoff appearance and Seahawks starting a rookie midget - sorry... little person at QB. But the Lions have been a disappointment and find themselves in the familiar confines of the NFC Norris Division basement and the Seahawks have done it with the help of Replacement Ref's... Let's see who's an actual pretender or contenter in this weeks Hashtag Battle!
The Seahawks have been a interesting story in the past few years. They bring in Pete Carroll who hit the eject button before sanctions came down on USC, and Pete brings a surfboard regularly to practice in his fun loving "I'm a cool college coach" persona. Result? A 5-11 season which would have placed them in the middle of the pack in the then "Pac 12". But the next season they made the playoffs! ... As a 7-9 team. Regardless of the record they played like they belonged and pulled an upset over the visiting (and defending Superbowl Champion) Saints. Last season they finished with an identical 7-9 record, but the much improved NFC West passed them by and they finished in 3rd place. This season they've benefited from the "Worst Call in NFL History" (echo echo echo) and Golden Tate proved that his elbow could bend the other way for joint possession. Since that call they've been 2-2 and Rookie QB Russel Wilson has been slinging it - throwing bombs against the Pats in New England paved the way for the upset (although if he through on a line he'd throw it into the lower back of his O-line). They've got a mixed bag of games ahead and we'll see how Wilson fares for the rest of the season - as long as they have that camera directly above the field, or give him a stack of phonebooks to stand on.
Rogue Ales is a favorite of one Northwestern Beer Friend and very well liked by the others. Shakespeare Stout on Nitro is a brew I'll never pass up and the John John series continues to produce excellent beers in a distillery/brewery collaboration. Rogue is still legendary in the Beer Friends circle for the excellent Rogue Oysters Event at Blind Tiger and the Chipotle Ale has enough kick to make you feel like you're alive, right before you grab that glass of water. With a percentage of proceeds going to the Oregon Coast Aquarium from a speciality brew series, what's not to love?
The Detroit Lions are back! In the basement... These badboys of the off-season set personal records for arrest, 7 total arrest by 4 players (I bet they'd kill for that record - don't get any ideas Lions players...) which caused the Lions management to crack down and attempt to control the team. After a few successful weeks of police radio silence, the Lions are 2-4, and they blame their poor play on that: I would blame the house arrest ankle bracelets. While the Detroit Tigers struggled in the regular season and made it to the playoffs, the Lions chances slip away with each week. Upcoming they have a winnable games against the MJD-less Jags and the forever in re-building mode Colts, but still two games against an angry Packers squad and two of the last undefeated teams in the league in the Texans and Falcons. With their current play, it looks like a longer off-season in which I'd advise Detroit area residents to lock your doors and hide your valuables.
Founders Brewing - nestled perfectly in the palm of the mitten, constantly provides delicious beers in every style and all year round - this is a can't miss. From their year round offerings of Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Red's Rye PA and Porter - to the delicious seasonal's of Breakfast Stout, Nemesis, Devil Dancer, and even the hard to find beers like Old Curmudgeon's Better Half and the infamous CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) - they are all-stars. Recently I found a Frangelic Mountain Brown ale brewed with Hazelnut Coffee - which sent me searching for basic brown recipes to add favored coffee to (in the brewing, not like a Arnold Palmer... Although...). Granted, living in NYC we only see what they send nationally and I can only assume they've missed on one or two beers - but a fella can dream right?
Let the battle begin! Tag with #Surlybrewing or #Roguebeer, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!