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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 9th - 16th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Beware the Ides of March... and fill out our Daily Beer Calendar!

March 9th - XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Barley Wine Ale

Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

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March 10th - Upslope Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado

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March 11th - Mana Wheat

Maui Brewing Company, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

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March 12th - Pinkus Organic Jubilate

Brewery Pinkus Mueller, Munich, Germany

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March 13th - Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Koningshoeven Brewery, Tilburg, The Netherlands

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March 14th - Carlsberg Premium Beer

Carlsburg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark

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March 15th - Grandsun of Spot India Pale Ale

Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River, Oregon

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March 16th - Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware

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Beer Review 41: Boulder Beer Co. Never Summer Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we begin our Winter Beer reviews with Boulder Beer Companies Never Summer Ale.  While we did this review slightly before Thanksgiving, there is a lot of Winter Beers (warmers, Christmas Ale, etc...) out there to review so we started early to help you find the perfect beer to take home for the holiday, or to the first holiday meeting with the significant other's parents, or to be the most popular one at the company holiday party!  Holiday beer!

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Featured Brewery: Boulder Beer Company

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Boulder Beer Company Logo30 minutes Northwest of Denver lies the liberal central of Colorado, Boulder.  Home to University of Colorado, the majestic Flatirons, and Boulder Beer Company.  Boulder Beer Company is Colorado's First Microbrewery, which is pretty impressive given the number of breweries in Colorado.  The Beer Friends traveled to Boulder on their recent Colorado Brewery Trip on route to beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater and had a few samples.  Are are a few highlights:

Cold Hop was fantastic out (t)here.  We can find this beer in NYC and really enjoy it, but always think it can be a little something more.  Direct from the brewery was fantastic.

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Mojo IPA is a good beer, but having it on the sampler platter close to the Mojo Risin Double IPA is unkind and unfortunate for regular Mojo.  Mojo Risin is everything us "hopheads" want out of a beer - drinkable and hoppy - but not over spiced.  Mojo is a good introduction IPA for people and Mojo Risin is a good IPA for us veteran drinkers out there.

Obovoid Stout is a delicious stout by any means.  This is creamy enough to have hints of a milk stout but is a oak-aged Oatmeal Stout instead.  Always a delicious pour and a excellent beer for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

The Boulder Beer Company is located at: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2880+Wilderness+Place+Boulder,+Colorado+80301&sll=40.028863,-105.247993&sspn=0.036082,0.083342&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2880+Wilderness+Pl,+Boulder,+Colorado+80301&ll=40.026678,-105.247982&spn=0.009021,0.020835&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The tasting Room is open:

11a - 9p Monday through Friday

Beer Review 35: Boulder Brewing Co - Hazed and Infused

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Our Colorado Brewery beer review continues... we got a lot of breweries to get through!  This week we tried Boulder Brewing Co. Hazed and Infused.  This is a unfiltered (hazed) and dry hopped (infused) and delicious. Beer!

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Featured Brewery: Avery Brewing Company

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Located in a industrial park off Arapahoe in Boulder, unless you know Avery tap room and brewery is back there, you'll miss it.  Bad decision.  Avery brewery has been doing some powerful stuff over the last few years and being recognized for it in the awards they rack up each year.  Year after year Avery produces big flavors and excellent beers, and these Beer Friends all the way out in NYC get excited for every time it pops up on our radar.  Upon visiting we tried some fantastic samples are have a few quick thoughts.

Brad:

The Seventeen Dry Hopped Black Lager was fantastic.  Lately I've kept my eye open for this "new" style (I say new only because I haven't seen a lot and I'm assuming it, otherwise I'm way behind the times... oops) of Black Lagers and Black Pilsners.  As soon as I saw Black lager I was sold and soon there after wasn't disappointed.  Bottled in May 2010, this was a one and done series so if you're in the Boulder area, find Arapahoe Road and Avery Tap road for this one time offering.

The Out of Sight Stout is a take off their Out of Bounds Stout with Malawi coffee beans added to the brewing process.  This was one of the more "coffee" stouts I've ever had, much like the 2010 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare offering.  This is a bit too acidic for me, but I enjoy a smoother coffee stout, much like I enjoy a little sugar and milk in my coffee.

Dry Hopped IPA this style is a new favorite of mine as well.  The flavor change from a regular IPA that happens with the "dry hopping" is a welcome one in my book.  A delicious take on a IPA from Avery.

Avery Brewing Company is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave # E Boulder, CO 80303-1350

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The tasting room is open: 12p - 10p 7 Days a Week!

Beer Review 34: Avery Brewing Co - The Kaiser

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we're showing the first (filmed) Beer Friends review in October... so we figured we could continue our Colorado Brewery theme AND do a delicious Imperial Oktoberfest beer - enter Avery Brewing Company The Kaiser.  This is available in bombers out here in NYC and that's a good thing, at 9.73 ABV, you don't want a six pack available.  Beer!  Prost!

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