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BFF4 - Brad Bracket First Round

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is swept up in the madness... yes - Beer Friends Final Four Beer Bracket is BACK!

Forget Louisville in the First Round and bubble teams, we're talking ales in the First Round and drinking the suds...

This year we (kinda) followed a regional bracket match up instead of the style like last year.

Brad's Bracket includes beers from Colorado and the Michigan area (somehow Great Lakes snuck in there...).  Vote your favorite brew through and pick that Cinderella team, sorry, stout.  Pick the winner and hold it over your friends heads until the next year (Brooklyn's Dark Matter anyone?) Beer!  Voting!

The 1 vs 16 match up pits Last Years winner, New Belgium's Fat Tire against a stout from Boulder - Avery's Out of Bounds Stout.  The Out of Bounds was delicious when infused with coffee, but Fat Tire seems like the fan favorite - should be interesting.  See more of this entry for voting!

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The 8 vs 9 match up has Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch IPA against Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  This is a interesting choice because Edmund Fitzgerald is a multiple award winner - but the selection committee always gets a few wrong (they failed the "eye" test?)

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The 5 vs 12 match up sees Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout against Bristol Laughing Lab.  This is a Colorado knock down drag out... Yeti is known all over the US and Laughing Lab all over Colorado - both delicious beers - I'm guessing multiple overtimes.

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The 4 vs 13 match has upset special all over it.  Odell Cutthroat Porter against the ultimate mid-major in Equinox Nova Pale Ale.  These two breweries are miles apart (if even a mile) but the beers couldn't be different.  Dick Vitale is watching this one as a "upset special!"

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The 6 vs 11 match up has another two close breweries duking it out.  Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale against Boulder Beer Companies Cold Hop.  Both beers are available all over the US, but only one beer became available at my local grocery store which puts their RPI in the 20's!

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The 3 vs 14 match up is another mismatch.  Founders Breakfast Stout against Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA.  While Rocky Mountain IPA is a great beer, Breakfast Stout is built to win.

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The 7 vs 10 match up could go either way.  Two completely different beer styles in Bristol's Mass Transit against Founder's Porter - but great brews in their own rights.  Will the up-tempo smooth play of Mass Transit triumph over the slow down pace of Founder's Porter?

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The 2 vs 15 match up could be another upset special.  Bell's Oberion vs Ska Brewing Company Pinstripe Ale.  Oberion is a summer time favorite but Ska is quickly moving up the popular breweries ladder.  With Ska Brewing Company now available in cans... will this be enough for the 15 over 2 upset?

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Daily Beer Calendar March 17th - 24th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! March Madness has begun!  Check back for BFFF!

March 17th - Celebrator Doppelbock

Privatbrauerei Franz Insel Kammer, Aying, Germany

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March 18th - Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Heather Ale Ltd., New Alloa Brewery, Kelliebank, Alloa, Scotland

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March 19th - Firestone Walker Pale Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, California

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March 20th - Moosehead Lager

Moosehead Breweries Ltd., Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

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March 21st - J.K.Scrumpy's Orchard Gate Gold Farmhouse Organic Hard Cider

Almar Orchards, Flushing, Michigan

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March 22nd - St. Druon Abbey Ale

Brasserie Duyck, Jenlain, France

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March 23rd - Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale

Black Sheep Brewery PLC, Ripon, England

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March 24th - Pomme Lambic

Brewery Lindemans, Vlezenbeek, Belgium

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Daily Beer Calendar February 21-28

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Boom goes the Dynamite! and another month of Daily Beer Calendar polls and results... This last round takes us into March - which means the Second Annual BFFF!  Stay tuned for details!

February 21st - Singha Lager Beer

Pathumthani Brewery Company, Pathumthani, Thailand for Singha Corporation Ltd., Bangkok.

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February 22nd - Vitus Weizenbock

Weihenstephan Brewery, Freising, Germany.  Interesting fact: Weihenstephen started brewing over 1,000 years ago in a Benedictine  monastery.  1,000 years ago?!?! That's like, the last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series!

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February 23rd - La Cerveza Del Pacifico

Cerveceria Del Pacifico, S.A. De C.V., Mazatlan, Mexico.  Yes, you seen this beer at every cheap Mexican place outside of Texas.  So select yes, I've had this beer.

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February 24th - Heylissem Belgian Abbey Blonde

Brewery Val De Sambre, Gozee, Belgium

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February 25th - Chasing Tail Golden Ale

Squatters Pub and Brewery from Park City, Utah makes another appearance in our Beer of the Day Calendar, this time with Chasing Tail Golden Ale, with a portion going towards homeless animal charities - drink beer and help a pooch!  Double awesome!

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February 26th - Pit Bull Malt Liquor

Pig's Eye Brewing Company from Lacrosse, Wisconsin.  Being a Lacrosse fan growing up I always wanted to live in Lacrosse, Wisconsin (I had very few friends...), now that I'm older I realize how stupid that dream was but this brew pub might make me change my mind (not really.)

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February 27th - Mount Garfield Pale Ale

Palisade Brewery from Palisade, Colorado is one of the breweries The Beer Friends weren't able to visit... but there will be a return trip!

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February 28th - Baltijos Dark Beer

Svyturys Brewery from Klaipda, Lithuania

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Beer Review 15: Left Hand Milk Stout

Brad

This week's Six Pack of the Week (SPotW?) is Left Hand Breweries Milk Stout.  A popular pour at beer festivals and a Finalist in the first ever BFFF, this Milk Stout might be slightly out of season, but the Beer Friends can always enjoy a good dark pour!  Cheers! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo51DFJ0rZo&feature=youtube_gdata]

The Beer Friends Final Four: Championship Round

Corporate Kerouac

Four Beers, One Champion. We have finally made it through the first three rounds of bracket play, and now we're ready to crown a champion.  The four bracket winners now face off in an every man for himself, fatal four way style, match up.

In the Stout Bracket Left Hand Milk Stout won, a great beer from Longmont, Colorado will have some stiff competition in the Beer Friends Final Four!

In the IPA Bracket Sierra Nevada Torpedo won, beating in state rival Stone IPA.  Sierra Nevada will have to travel the longest distance, so we'll see how that effects them in the Finals.

In the Red, Amber, Brown (R.A.B.) bracket we saw the second beer from the state of Colorado, New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale, maybe they can carpool out to NYC - Beer Friends support going green!

In the Wildcard Bracket we had Overtime and a winner in Brooklyn Brewery Dark Matter which was a bit of a shock being so new on the scene.  Be sure to click on the Dark Matter link to check out what the Beer Friends thought about it at the Private Release Party.

Voting will go through Monday afternoon. Scroll Past the Video to Vote!

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