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BFF4 2013 Championship!

Beerfriend Paul

Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup starts tonight and it coincides with our Championship round of the 2013 #BFF4! In this years Final 4 we have two #1 seeds going up against each other on one side of the bracket and we have two beers who have already had to defeat more popular brews to get to this point.

If you need some help deciding you can watch 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.

This years championship features the winner of the Midwest Bracket and the West Bracket bucking the brews in the East and NY/CA Brackets.  Some Beer Friends will tell you that the best beer comes from Colorado and the West coast and this years tournament certainly helps to prove their point.

The brews that have survived this far bring two very different styles to this championship round.  We have a big, dark, and sweet stout from Colorado going up against the amber, hoppy session ale from San Francisco. Which of these beers will survive to claim the Beer Friends Final 4 Crown?

 

#1 Left Hand Milk Stout

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#6 21st Amendment Bitter American

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Voting will go through the weekend and a Champion will be crowned Tuesday June, 18.

 

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BFF4 Round 5: #Final4

Beerfriend Paul

The day we know the final four contestants for the 2013 Stanley Cup we also have the last 4 beers in the 2013 #BFF4! In this years Final 4 we have two #1 seeds going up against each other on one side of the bracket and we have two beers who have already had to defeat more popular brews to get to this point.

If you need some help deciding you can watch 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.

EAST vs MIDWEST

#1 vs #1

#1 Cigar City Maduro Brown

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#1 Left Hand Milk Stout

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Both of these brews had to defeat some great breweries and beers to make it to this point.  Both being #1 seeds there were expected to make it far in this tournament, but now only 1 can move forward into the championship round.

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WEST vs NY/CA

#6 vs #4

#6 21st Amendment Bitter American

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#4 Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011)

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These 2 underdogs have a great fan following that has propelled them through this tournament.  This battle two brews that use hops uniquely, it's the Hoppy Session ale up against the Fresh Hop Harvest Ale.

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BFF4 Round 4: #elite8

Beerfriend Paul

After a bit of a hiatus, we are back to finish the 2013 Beer Friends Final 4! We have 3 rounds left to go, this round will decide which beer wins each region and moves on to the Final Four!

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.

EAST REGION

#1 vs #2

In a craft beer culture that is still very hop heavy, this final match up in the East Region we have two brews that are famous for something other than hops..  Cigar City Maduro Brown is a "Northern English style Brown Ale" that is very malt heavy creating a very deep complex brown ale that brings a sweet subtle flavor to a deep dark beer.  Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce comes from Yards Brewing Company and brings the great history of American brewing to present day. Made from an old recipe by Ben Franklin, this brew brings the style of a spruce ale to present day while preserving the history of our forefather's brewing style.

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MIDWEST

#1 vs #10

After facing brews from Founder's in every round of this tournament so far, Left Hand Milk Stout faces its biggest challenge yet.   Founder's Curmudgeon's Better Half Brings the flavor of Founder's Curmudgeon and adds the innovation of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout.  Aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, Curmudgeon's Better Half adds a boozy sweetness to this already delicious Old Ale, it's a big beer with a big flavor. The question is will it be enough for Founder's Brewing to finally overthrow Left Hand's Milk Stout?

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WEST REGION

#1 vs #6

This match up has come down to two brews that are famous for their similarities, hops and cans.  However, what sets them apart will surely be where you cast your vote.  First we have Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale which brings a nice 6.5 abv with its 65 IBU's, this brew brings a strong hop flavor to this dangerously drinkable pale ale.  On the other side of this bracket we have 21st Amendment Bitter American.  With it's 4.4 abv and 42 IBU's 21st Amendment brings a brew that is mellow in comparison but doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor.  Will the popular hoppy pale ale take this round, or will the tasty session ale be the one to move on?

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NY/CA REGION

#4 vs #10

This is the battle of fresh hops vs wet hops! The concept of fresh/wet hops is similar, but there is a difference; there is a great explanation of it on Sierra Nevada's website. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011) brings us fresh hops from New Zealand.  Basic run down of fresh hops (if you don't know) is the hops are picked, then dried, and then put into the brew within 7 days. Sixpoint Autumnation brings the wet hops which are hops that are undried, in their natural form, and put into the brew within 24 hours. Which of these hopping styles will be victorious and lead their brew to the #final4?

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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 - Championship Weekend

Brad

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

Championship Round - San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons (#21stamendment vs #terrapinbrewing)

The Final Four of football - win and you play for the Superbowl in two weeks, lose and you start looking at players plummeting in the first round after character issues, poor performance in the Senior Bowl and those involved in a twitter dating hoax.  In the AFC we have a rematch of last years game, hopefully with more sure handed receivers and more sure footed kickers.  In the NFC we have Atlanta trying to double their playoff win total from the past couple years and San Francisco in a familiar place.  2 more wins to Superbowl glory!

Championship Round - San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons (#21stamendment vs #terrapinbrewing)

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!

San Francisco hosted this game last year in a thriller that came down to a special teams mistake.  This year they upgraded on QB (or rather supersized with those long "ostrich-like" legs) and gained experience from last years short comings.  Somewhat surprising to see them in this position after a tie to the St Louis Rams and a lost with 30 seconds left in the OT period a few weeks later.  Then Strong Arm Harbarugh opened up the play book and made the Green Bay defense look foolish.  A huge play in last years NFC Championship was the naked bootleg by Alex Smith for a TD, this year a majority of the QB runs are by design and directly up the middle - just ask AJ Hawk and  Clay Matthews.  With the 49ers clicking and firing on all cylinders - can this experienced Falcons defense put a cage around the bird?

21st Amendment returns for this Championship game, but awards are nothing new to the San Francisco brewery.  With clever names and even better can art, 21st Amendment raises the stakes for their beer from the outside in.  Then on your first taste you realize how you can tell this can by it's cover.  The Year Round offerings (Brew Free or Die - Back in Black - Bitter American) are all delicious and are great representations of their style.  The seasonals remind us how great a change of weather can be with their Sneak Attack Saison, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and Fireside Chat Winter Ale, and finally their brewmasters series with Marooned on Hog Island Oyster Stout, Hop Crisis Double IPA and Monks Blood, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, only reinforces that these guys know what they are doing.

Atlanta Falcons are flying into unknown territory.  After one of the most successful regular seasons in franchise history - they finally got that post season win for Tony Gonzales, Matty Ice and Mike Smith.  However, football is a what have you done for me lately sport, and the Falcons fan base are looking for more... maybe even a SB victory.  The last time the Falcons were in this situation they were doing the Dirty Bird and beat the Vikings in OT to face the John Elway Victory tour in Miami.  That Superbowl was a blow out and most people were discussing the actions of Eugene Robinson who was arrested the night before for soliciting a police office posing as a prostitute.  Hopefully the jailbirds took it easy on him, because the Broncos didn't and Elway hooked up with Rod Smith for a 80 yard TD pass, the longest at the time in SB history.  Now the Falcons are charged with wiping out those Superbowl memories and starting new ones - just wonder what the dance is gonna be.

Terrapin Beer Company has a few more beers than the 9 21st Amendment features.  With a turtle theme, Terrapin has the adorable little pre-ninja guy on all of there labels strumming the banjo (Rye Pale Ale), riding rapids (Golden Ale) and about to behead someone (Hopsecutioner IPA).  In addition to the year round offerings, they have 4 seasonals, 4 in the "Monster Beer Tour," 18 beers in the "Side Project Series", 5 collaborations and 7 special releases (not to mention the 5 retired beers) - which makes for a full week of drinking.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #21stamendment or #terrapinbrewing, the battle begins Saturday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Beer Review 126: 21st Amendment Bitter American

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! With all the political ads flying around - this weeks beer was an inspired choice.  Actually it's just a delicious beer from San Francisco that we drink off camera a lot and wanted to enjoy on film for once.  Editors note: This was filmed before 21st Amendment announced that Bitter American was now a year round offering... which led to much rejoicing by these Beer Friends.  So kick back, download our podcast, and check out another great beer from some canning pioneers: 21st Amendment.  Cans!  Year Round!  Bitter (hops)!

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