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BFF4 Round 3: #Sweet16 Part 2

Beerfriend Paul

Today we finish up the second half of Round 3! Voting goes thorough the weekend, Round 4 to start Monday! If you need some help deciding you can click on the links to each video for our “expert” opinion. If you’d like to tell us why one of these beers should win over the other you can tweet us @thebeerfriends or find us on Facebook. it won’t help that beer win any but we’ll enjoy it.

WEST REGION

#1 vs #5

In this battle of Colorado we have 2 beers that are aggressive when it comes to hops.  Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale has been a trailblazer in the craft beer community for a long time; this well hopped pale ale was America's first hand-canned craft beer, and even though it calls itself a pale ale it packs a much larger punch.  It has its work cut out for it as it goes up against Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA.  This 9.2 abv double IPA packs in the hops and claims to bring "big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had." This is a match up the hop heads should enjoy.

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#6 vs #15

21st Amendment Bitter American is an "extra pale session ale" that brings a flavor you would expect form a much heavier brew.  It goes up against New Belgium 1554 which is an "enlightened black ale." Coming out in 1999, 1554 sets the bar for the newer fad of black beers that have come out the past few years.

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NY/CA REGION

#1 vs #4

Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper ale brings the smooth malty flavor of this deep red ale to battle against the fresh hops of Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011). These very different styles bring very different flavors to this battle of California.

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#6 vs #10

This battle of East vs West gives us two brews meant for the last 3 months of the year.  Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye is a spicy darker IPA that was brewed for the cooler months later in the year. Sixpoint Autumnation is a harvest ale in the truest sense of the style.  Here we have a beer brewed with pumpkin and spice that help frame the main attraction in this beer, the fresh harvested "wet hops." Each year Sixpoint chooses a different strain of hops for this ale, The Beer Friends reviewed the 2011 version.

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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 7!

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 Six -  Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers (#shinerbeers vs #newbelgium)

This week features two of the biggest egos in football, one in the owners' box and the other as a sophomore quarterback.  Pepper in a little ID and super ego and we have a Texas-sized omelette.  Let's see who wins this battle, not on the field but whose head can fit inside the stadium.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones often overshadows the football team he owns.  The self-proclaimed "America's Team" was flying high with a few superbowl wins, iconic cheerleaders and a hat almost as famous as Indiana Jones'.  Jerry Jones was once quoted as saying that Cowboys stadium needed a retractable roof so God could watch his Cowboys play football - well, God has changed the channel after a few struggling seasons, the Texas version of Mark Sanchez, and clock management techniques straight from Alice in Wonderland.   The Cowboys have been more of a brand than a football team in the past few years - finishing 3rd in the NFC East the past two years, but Jerry Jones just keeps talking.  This week the biggest mouth in Texas proclaimed that the Cowboys still have the Superbowl in sight this year.  At 2-3 they'll need a lot of help already, and even God stopped paying attention.

Shiner from the Spoetzl Brewery is a Texas sized classic.  In a state filled with Cowboys and watered down beer selections, Shiner shines bright and gives hope through the dust kicked up in the daily rodeos.  With a wide variety of brews - including a Shiner Bock with the iconic Big Horned Sheep, a Black Lager and the seasonal Oktoberfest, Shiner continues to grow and attempt to show them Cowboys the real American way... of craft beer.

The Carolina Panthers had a lot of promise coming into the season.  Rivera is a defense minded  coach and Cam Newton had the Golden touch - not in wins but stats which eventually translate, right?  After a rough sophomore season start, we find Cam Newton playing more like Clark Kent than Superman.  The Panthers have one win against the Saints this season (but who hasn't beat the Saints this year?  - Sorry didn't see you there Chargers...)  and loses by 6, 29, 4, 2 - so they are getting closer.  Can Cam Newton turn the ship around and play well enough that the Carolina faithful aren't looking to draft a replacement Man of Steel - those Batman movies were pretty good, right?

New Belgium is a Colorado Brewery, right?  Not anymore!  The Denver Post reported in April that New Belgium is building a 175 million dollar brewery in Asheville, NC to better serve the East Coast - to which we EST'ers cheer loudly.  Ranger IPA is a fantastic brew (one Beer Friend said it was his favorite IPA of all time... Phil), and Fat Tire is legendary in areas without access to the brew.  The Lips of Faith series is an excellent addition to the brewing line, and wonderful seasonals keep me looking forward to every time the weather changes.  Belgo is a newer Belgian IPA that seems to be getting good reviews and one of their classic beers always impresses.  With this strong GABF contender year in and year out moving to North Carolina, hopefully the Panthers can take note, or just have some really good beers.

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

Beer Review 118: New Belgium 1554

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Ah New Belgium, probably the biggest brewery that isn't in New York City.  Well the Beer Friends turned out to be pretty resourceful and have been able to review a few beers (Fat Tire - Belgo - Dig) and today we check out 1554, an enlightened black ale.  1554 is a Belgian black ale that was a test and see project (darn, have to do a bunch of in-house tasting!) that started in 1997 and was good enough that it's a year round today.  This rounds out the Amber (Fat Tire), Belgian IPA (Belgo), Spring (Dig) and Black Ale of styles we tried from New Belgium - so far... Belgium! Black Ales! Roasted Malts!

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