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The Beer Friends Final 4 2011 Video Recap - Our Story So Far

Phil Foleen

Hello Beer Friends Nation!  We've had some crazy competition this year to get here, the Final Four beers that will battle it out!  Our two matches are Founders Brewing VS Nebraska Brewing and Speakeasy VS Cape Cod!  Just for you we have a video with the four of us summing up the last few rounds and making our predictions for the Championship!  If you're good, we'll show you the new "Hash Tag" dance move brought to you by The Beer Friends.  Take a look and don't forget to vote! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJqLg3b8rRo]

BFF4 - FINAL FOUR!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow!  This was a tournament to remember... but it's not over yet!  We had Imperial Stouts battling in Brad's Colorado/Michigan Bracket, Newcomer Nebraska showing veteran poise in Paul's Bracket, a California clash of Speakeasy and Stone in Phil's bracket and a epic duel between Captain Lawrence and Cape Cod in the Northeastern Graham bracket.  This was truly one for the ages.  Now we are down to four, four delicious beers with huge fan bases and twitter feeds to back them up.  Four beers enter and one will come out as the 2011 BFF4 champion, with their banner hung in the rafters (next the New Belgium's Fat Tire - last years winner).  Who will be victorious?  You decide!  This round we have completely open and unlimited voting.  If you really love that beer, prove it - hit refresh (cmmd+R on a Mac or ctrl + R on a PC) and vote the day away.  If you spent your March hiding your CBS March Madness broadcast window when your boss walked by - this is much easier.  Polls are open until Monday April 11th at 11:59 EST.  Vote often!  Prove your love - and we don't know who's voting so no commitment issues!  Beer!

For a our take on this round check out our latest video and the vote!

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Founders Breakfast Stout was originally a #3 seed out of Brad's Colorado and Michigan bracket.  This is a complex stout with plenty to offer, sweet enough to drink more than one, but with a 8.3% ABV you probably shouldn't.  This beer is only available seasonally from Sept to December so on those first days of football (college of course because the NFL no longer exists) start looking for this coffee and chocolatey rich stout.  Also keep an eye out for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout (bourbon barrels) and the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout (maple barrels) because these two variations are worth the extra cash!

The Breakfast Stout is up against a strong competitor in Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale.  This is a very easily drinkable brown ale that has been getting support since the early rounds and promises to be a fearsome foe in the Final 4.  This beer's resume speaks for itself, it has won Gold, 2010 US Open Beer Championship (English Style Brown Ale), and Bronze, 2010 World Beer Championship, (English Style Brown Ale).  Will Nebraska Brewing be able to add Beer Friend Final 4 Champion to this list?

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The East vs West match up finally comes to a head !

Phil's Bracket seed #5 Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA takes on Cape Cod Red the #2 seed from Graham's Bracket.  Speakeasy is the sweetheart brew from the Western Region, coming in at the 11th hour to defeat Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard Ale for its slot in the Final Four.  Cape Cod has it's work cut out for itself as the Western crowd seems pretty attached to the Big Daddy.

However, Cape Cod Red comes in hot off it's very exciting victory over Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  It was a wild back and forth slug fest that went on for days culminated with Cape Cod Beer raising it's arms in victory. Obviously Cape Cod's troops are mobilized, but will they be able to fend off the surging Speakeasy brew?

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 27, 2011

Graham

It's the last week in March and it feels like nature is playing a cruel April Fools joke on us.  Hey, here's an 80 degree day to inagurate the coming of spring...NOT! BOOM! 25 degrees and snowing! I swear, last week you could look up at the sky and see mother nature flicking you off with middle finger shaped clouds that simultaneously raining a "wintry-mix" down on us.  Jerk.  Well, this week is when April Fools Day actually happens.  My prediction?  Starts off sunny and 70 end up 20 and hailstorms the size of golf balls.  Just make sure you're drinking your craft brews indoor. Tuesday, March 29 - Global Brands Breweries Events @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Global Brands is a fine distributor of many of our favorite craft breweries:  North Coast, Acme, Stoudts, Clipper City and Elysian.  They'll be taking over the taps with a fine potpourri of their favorite brews from these distinguished breweries and will have to of their best reps on hand to answer all of your craft brew distribution questions.  So shuffle up to the Pony, order a brew from each brewery and find Dean Palmer and Susan Greene.  Maybe if you're lucky and charismatic enough you're pitch to get them to distribute your line of homebrews to the rest of New York City.  We all know how hard it is to get carried out in Queens.

The Pony Bar is located on the Northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Tuesday, March 29 - Barrier Brewery Event @ Bar Great Harry, Brooklyn:

Barrier Brewery represents the newest, youngest and one of the most creative breweries in New York State.  They will be bringing their "regular" (i.e. awesomely delicious) brews to Bar Great Harry out in Brooklyn.  In between the dominoe games and meat pies that BGH (their nickname, duh) is famous for, make sure you are aggressively sipping some Ruthless Rye IPA, Greenroom Pale Ale, Lights Out Stout, and Buffalo American Red.  Expect some rare and unique brews on top of those as well.

Bar Great Harry is located at 280 Smith Street between Degraw and Sackett Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, March 29 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Spring Seasonals @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Well Mother Nature, as you may have heard, I am currently at odds with you.  It's mostly because I find you untrustworthy at the moment.  Maybe if you kept your word and gave us spring instead of tricking us with your warm weather and already-blossoming-flowers I'd be more accepting of you.  At the moment however, I'm more inclined to trust my spring feelings with Jimmy's No. 43.  On Tuesday they'll be embracing the season by giving you a selection of spring seasonals to taste and discuss for just $10.  What goes in to making a spring seasonal and do all spring seasonals have to look/taste alike?  You'd be surprised.  Head on over to Jimmy's this Tuesday to embrace the side of spring that mother nature is determined to keep from us.  Maybe she'll get jealous and throw some nice days our way.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Wednesday, March 30 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

We are proud of Captain Lawrence for making such a strong showing in the Beer Friends Final Four - Liquid Gold, welcome to the second round! You beat the refreshing hops of Sam Adams Noble Pils, but can you stand up to the aggressive herbal hops of Smuttynose IPA?  Either way, we enjoy your presence in the BFF4 and we love your beers.  Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House on Wednesday for the full range of Captain Lawrence brews.  They'll be pouring Nor’Easter Winter Warmer, Golden Delicious, Five Years Later, Winter Rye, Espresso Stout, Rosso e Marrone, Xtra Gold, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, Black & Brown Sour #1, Funky Sour Cherry  #2, “Chilli” Lambic 2008 and Spring Blend 2011.  Captain Scott Vaccaro will also be there to talk about all things Captain Lawrence and sailing the high seas of the Hudson.  If that's not enough to entice you, every Wednesday at 6:00 the Blind Tiger lays out approximately 4 lbs. of cheese from Murray's Cheese Shop for you to nibble at liberally.  Includes baguettes.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Wednesday, March 30 - Big Beer Night with Lagunitas @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

What do we love?  Big beer.  Who do we love that brews them? Lagunitas.  We're talking the excellent recipes of the biggest brews that Lagunitas has to offer.  We're talking Fusion Five, Lil' Sumpin Wild, Brown Sugga and Hairy Eyeball.  We're talking free tostada's to fill your belly alongside hops and higher ABV.  We're talking Stag's Head on Wednesday.  We're talki....stop your talking.  Start eating and drinking.  Get big.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Thursday, March 31 - Thornbridge Brewery Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Thornbridge huh?  Where are they from?  Never heard of em'?  They don't sound the usual American craft brewery.  That's 'cause they're not.  Thornbridge hails from the UK and they will be joining us at Bierkraft with some of their finest brews straight from Auld England.  This won't be the usual Thursday Night Tap Takeover that we're used to at Bierkraft however.  CEO Jim Harrison will be on hand and will be giving a lecture to help guide you along the Thornbridge brew selection.  They will be pouring several brews on draft and cask as well as a few straight from the rare bottle selection.  Enjoy meeting Jaipur IPA, Kipling IPA and Petersburg Stout.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Sackett Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 31 - Speakeasy Brewery Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

I hear they already have spring out in San Fransisco.  What a glorious life people must lead out there...  That's probably the brews from Speakeasy taste so delicious.  Some of your favorite brews from San Fransisco - White Lightening, Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale and the Double Daddy Imperial IPA - will be pouring at Dive 75 this Thursday.  The best part?  While you're drinking one of Speakeasy's Brews you can close your eyes and it will actually feel like you are drinking it in Golden Gate Park wearing nothing but a t-shirt, shorts and sandals in 80 degree weather.  Eat that mother nature.

Dive 75 is located at 101 West 75th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

The Beer Events Continue! - Week of August 1st

Graham

We miss New York City Good Beer Month already, quite a bit actually, and we're not getting it back anytime soon, however that does not mean that the good beer has stopped flowing in this great city.  July was a fantastic month, however we at the Beer Friends promise that August will not disappoint.  The Beer Friends have some big announcements coming out this month, including some breaking beer news, special events and Beer Friends exclusive happenings. Make sure you keep checking in to stay up to date during these exciting craft beer times. For now let's just check out the events we have happening this week here in good ol' NYC:

Tuesday, August 3 - Speakeasy Night @ Toast Uptown: Many beer lovers shy away from heading north of say...George Keeley's when it comes to finding craft beer in this town.  This is disappointing, but mostly for those who won't do the trek.  Toast Uptown, just south of 125th Street/Tiemann Place on Broadway is a Morningside Heights craft beer gem and tonight they will be featuring the Speakeasy Brewery out of San Fransisco.  In addition to their semi-regular pour Speakeasy Prohibition Ale they will be serving up the "Big Daddy" IPA and two other special Speakeasy brews.  While your there enjoying a few Speakeasy brews you should take it upon yourself to dive into one of their famous burgers or their infamously delicious 'toasts' (think steak, pulled pork or goat cheese on perfectly "toasted" baguette slices).  I would say that Speakeasy brews perfectly compliment the food, but wouldn't one just imply on their own that great beer would compliment great food?

Wednesday, August 4 - Harpoon Night @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: Come on over to your favorite West Village beer bar for a night to remember with the Harpoon Brewing Company.  Harpoon will be taking over the taps with lot's of rare stuff, including select pours from their Leviathan Series, 100 Barrel Series, as well as two beers that will be brewed special for this event.  There is a good chance you will see a Beer Friend or two making an appearance at this one.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, August 6/7/8 - The "A" Rated Event @ Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn: This is an event of epic proportions, contrived from the minds behind the Williamsburg craft beer haven of Mug's Ale House and the guys behind the beer dictionary websites of BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com.  Users on these two websites take the time to give number/letter ratings to all the craft brews they drink.  Mug's will be pouring beers that only receive the highest, "A", ratings on these websites.  The lineup is still in the "coming soon" phase, but since this ale house consistently has an exceptionally diverse and quality selection, I wouldn't hold back from betting that they will provide us with the finest craft beers this country has to offer.  It's a three day event, but you should go early and often cause when the best is gone, it's gone...

Sunday, August 8 - The Benefit For the Gulf @ Blind Tiger, Manhattan: One recurring and inspiring theme that has been happening throughout Good Beer Month is the craft beer worlds dedication to helping the fishermen and other business effected by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Part of the profits from the event this Sunday will go towards helping these good people get back on their feet.

ALL WEEK LONG, 8/1 - 8/8 - Local Brewery Appreciation Week @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: The guys over at Rattle n' Hum are keeping up their local brew lovefest, this time with every brewery in the 5 bourough area...and beyond.  This event will feature pours from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Crapt Ales, Kelso of Brookyn, Captain Lawrence and Ithaca Brewing Co.

Alright, Beer Friends out for now!  But keep checking in daily for event updates and information on where the Beer Friends will be imbibing their favorite craft beers this week.  July was NYC Good Beer Month, however, we promise August will be awesome.