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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - 2nd Round

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Just when you thought Hashtag Battle fun was over, the NFl's second season begins... live on Hashtag Battles!

2nd Round - Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons (#widmerbrosbrew vs #Atlantabrewco)

This week features the second day of exciting playoff football - a situation which the Seahawks are thrilled to be in and the Falcons are trying to advance past.  The Seahawks are possibly the most dangerous team in the playoffs with a killer defense and "beast mode" running back, and the Falcons have struggled to find playoff success (much less the endzone) in previous years.  With the high scoring affairs yesterday, this game is completely up for grabs as the Falcons nervously prepare and the Seahawks continue their East Coast tour.  Let's see who advances in this week's hashtag battle!

2nd Round - Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons (#widmerbrosbrew vs #Atlantabrewco)

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 fan bases 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!

The Seattle Seahawks make a living being the underdog.  They have the 12th Man (that is outside of College Station) and even with that extra support they still don't make enough noise to get respect around the league.  Is it because of the Northwest location?  Is it because people are tired of following the "Pete Carroll Adventures in Coaching"?  Well, they are overlooked no more - a fearsome defense that RG3 took one look at and tore a LCL - then played 3 more quarters with Shanahan telling him to "rub some dirt on it".  The Seahawks are also not overlooked by the NFL front office either and both of their all-star (in tweeting and football) cornerbacks got busted for Adderall.  How amazing is it that this team succeeds with two ADHD cornerbacks... I'm surprised they can focus enough to produce so many coverage sacks. Sherman chose the Ryan Braun defense, not disputing the test results but the means in which the test was conducted - which makes us think "what do all these testing guys have against big time, suddenly successful athletes?"  Sherman fought the suspension and played each and every week, and the Seahawks kept winning.  Now they face a team with two fantastic WR's and a QB trying to earn that elite tag - this was the week to take all that adderall.

Widmer Brothers Brewery from Portland, Oregon produces fantastic brews and I'm always excited to see one in NYC.  The Rotator series makes its way around quite often and focuses on big hop flavor.  In addition to the Rotator series, Drift Pale, Brr Seasonal, Pitch Black IPA have all shown up around bars in the city.  Currently I'm aging an Old Embalmer and patiently waiting until next winter to crack that one open.  According to Beertown.org and their Craft Brewing Statistics, Widmer Brothers is ranked 3rd nationally in craft breweries - which means more beer for everyone and even more beer for me from those people that don't drink!

The Atlanta Falcons are playing with a monkey on their back, a huge-can't-win-a-playoff-game-gorilla-sized-monkey.  This is the story that started in week 10 when the Falcons clinched a post-season spot and everybody remembered last years 2 point performance against the eventual Superbowl Champion Giants.  The season before they were beaten 48-21 by the eventual Superbowl Champion Packers, and two years before that lost in the wild card round to the eventual NFC Champion Cardinals.  The Falcons will try to flip the pattern and become that Superbowl winner or NFC Champion - but the future also looks promising for the Seahawks if they happen to win.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel for this Falcon team, last week Seattle's best pass rusher went down and as long as the Falcons can have a balanced attack, they might be able to play point for point against the Seahawks and the "Russell Wilson Option Show," playing another "playoff themed" high scoring affair.  With the Pats and Texans playing in the late game, we could see every team score 28 points or more - and who says defense wins championships...

Atlanta Brewing Company started in 1993 and is the oldest operating craft brewery in Metro Atlanta.  Doesn't seem like that long ago, but considering two of the giants of the industry: Samuel Adams was started only 10 years earlier, Sierra Nevada 13 years earlier; 1993 is pretty early in the craft beer game.  They started with Red Brick Ale and branched out from there with a Red Brick Peachtree Pale Ale, Red Brick Brown Ale, Red Brick Blonde and Red Brick Porter.  Even their seasonals get in on the Red Brick naming; Red Brick Spring Helluva Bock, Red Brick Summer Hefeweizen and Red Brick Winter - I guess when something isn't broke... no need to fix it.  The Red Brick Blonde won a Gold Medal at GABF in 2007, shortly after they expanded to Alabama, Tennessee and Florida.  In 2010 they branded themselves as the Red Brick Brewing Company as they continued to expand.  As the company continues to grow, I can't wait to get my hands on some, or at least for the next name change.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #widmerbrosbrew or #Atlantabrewco, the battle begins Saturday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!