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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 8!

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 Eight -  Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (#RogueBeer vs #Founders)

These are two hard to figure teams of the NFL season so far.  The Detroit Lions coming off a playoff appearance and Seahawks starting a rookie midget - sorry... little person at QB.  But the Lions have been a disappointment and find themselves in the familiar confines of the NFC Norris Division basement and the Seahawks have done it with the help of Replacement Ref's... Let's see who's an actual pretender or contenter in this weeks Hashtag Battle!

The Seahawks have been a interesting story in the past few years.  They bring in Pete Carroll who hit the eject button before sanctions came down on USC, and Pete brings a surfboard regularly to practice in his fun loving "I'm a cool college coach" persona.  Result? A 5-11 season which would have placed them in the middle of the pack in the then "Pac 12".  But the next season they made the playoffs! ... As a 7-9 team.  Regardless of the record they played like they belonged and pulled an upset over the visiting (and defending Superbowl Champion) Saints.  Last season they finished with an identical 7-9 record, but the much improved NFC West passed them by and they finished in 3rd place.  This season they've benefited from the "Worst Call in NFL History"  (echo echo echo) and Golden Tate proved that his elbow could bend the other way for joint possession.  Since that call they've been 2-2 and Rookie QB Russel Wilson has been slinging it - throwing bombs against the Pats in New England paved the way for the upset (although if he through on a line he'd throw it into the lower back of his O-line).  They've got a mixed bag of games ahead and we'll see how Wilson fares for the rest of the season - as long as they have that camera directly above the field, or give him a stack of phonebooks to stand on.

Rogue Ales is a favorite of one Northwestern Beer Friend and very well liked by the others.  Shakespeare Stout on Nitro is a brew I'll never pass up and the John John series continues to produce excellent beers in a distillery/brewery collaboration.  Rogue is still legendary in the Beer Friends circle for the excellent Rogue Oysters Event at Blind Tiger and the Chipotle Ale has enough kick to make you feel like you're alive, right before you grab that glass of water.  With a percentage of proceeds going to the Oregon Coast Aquarium from a speciality brew series, what's not to love?

The Detroit Lions are back! In the basement... These badboys of the off-season set personal records for arrest, 7 total arrest by 4 players (I bet they'd kill for that record - don't get any ideas Lions players...) which caused the Lions management to crack down and attempt to control the team.  After a few successful weeks of police radio silence, the Lions are 2-4, and they blame their poor play on that: I would blame the house arrest ankle bracelets.  While the Detroit Tigers struggled in the regular season and made it to the playoffs, the Lions chances slip away with each week.  Upcoming they have a winnable games against the MJD-less Jags and the forever in re-building mode Colts, but still two games against an angry Packers squad and two of the last undefeated teams in the league in the Texans and Falcons.  With their current play, it looks like a longer off-season in which I'd advise Detroit area residents to lock your doors and hide your valuables.

Founders Brewing - nestled perfectly in the palm of the mitten, constantly provides delicious beers in every style and all year round - this is a can't miss.  From their year round offerings of Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Red's Rye PA and Porter - to the delicious seasonal's of Breakfast Stout, Nemesis, Devil Dancer, and even the hard to find beers like Old Curmudgeon's Better Half and the infamous CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) - they are all-stars.  Recently I found a Frangelic Mountain Brown ale brewed with Hazelnut Coffee - which sent me searching for basic brown recipes to add favored coffee to (in the brewing, not like a Arnold Palmer... Although...).  Granted, living in NYC we only see what they send nationally and I can only assume they've missed on one or two beers - but a fella can dream right?

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 4, 2012

Graham

Hey now!  It's Tuesday.  Let's drink some craft beer! Tuesday, March 6 - Founders Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Some would call Founders arriving on the East Coast one of the best things to happen to New York City ever.  Perhaps we should have a public holiday to celebrate?  Until then

we'll just have to settle for there amazing beer events - and tonight's is happening at the Pony Bar.

This is Pony's first time with Founders and they're pulling out all the stouts - Breakfast Stouts that is.  The Pony is promising a few varieties of them alongside the rest of Founders big lineup.  The likelihood of disappointed is non-existent.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest corner of 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Tuesday, March 6 - Mikkeller VS Evil Twin @ Bar Great Harry, Brooklyn:

A good ol' fashioned Danish showoff.  If those really exist then there's one tonight at BGH in Carroll Gardens.  They tried to pair brews up that could be comprable in a competition, but that proved rather difficult as both breweries produce beer that is hard to categorize.

Check the list:

Mikkeller I Beat yoU Evil Twin Yang Imperial IPA Mikkeller To From Via 2011 Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout Mikkeller Monk’s Elixer / Belgium Evil Twin Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados Mikkeller Wet Hop Kellerbier Evil Twin Södermalm Hipster Ale

Bar Great Harry is located at 280 Smith Street on the corner of Sackett Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, March 7 - Deviant Dales IPA & Hops and Heifers Release Party @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Oskar Blues has two big brews premiering this spring and they want you to try them.  Nine lines will be pouring on Wednesday - Nitro Dale's Pale, Nitro Old Chub, Oaked Old Chub, Deviant Dales and fresh Hops and Heifers.  There will also be plenty of Colorado styled chow - steaks, sliders and the type of oysters you can only get in the Rockies.

Nothing like some brew to help you choke down those kind of oysters.

The Rye House is located at 11 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Chelsea, Manhattan.

Thursday, March 8 - Stone Brewery Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

We're all well versed in Stone Breweries many pours.  That only makes it more enjoyable to have a night with all of them to yourself.  They'll be dominating the taps at Bierkraft, including two special cask selections.  Check out the list:

Draft:

IPA

Old Guardian

Belgo Old Guardian
Ruination IPA
Sublimely Self-Righteous
Russian Imperial Stout 2011
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Levitation
Smoked Porter
15th Anniversary Epic
Vertical Epic 11.11.11
Cali-Belgique
Sublimely Self-Righteous
On Cask:
Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers
Sublimely Self-Righteous Dry Hopped with Amarillo
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Friday, March 9 - The New York Beer Company Grand Opening @ The New York Beer Company, Manhattan:
We love the Empire State.  We love people who appreciate what New Yorkers create - from food, to whiskey and especially our beers.  We love drinking it and are great at brewing it.  The New York Beer Company is our kind of place then.  Boasting 40 draft and over 50 bottles it promises to give you something delicious to drink - however unlike other massively stocked beer bars this ones got a theme.  The selection is mostly centered around NY beers - Sixpoint, Empire, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn, Kelso, Middle Ages, Coney Island, Blue Point, Ithaca, the list goes on and on.  That New York State of Mind song never made more sense than right now.
The New York Beer Company is located at 321 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen/Theatre District, Manhattan.

Beer Review 104: Founder's Old Curmudgeon Better Half

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week the Beer Friends found a little rare beer from Founders Brewing out of Michigan.  Old Curmudgeon Better Half features the Old Curmudgeon (Old Ale) aged in whiskey barrels then aged in maple syrup barrels to create a very complex brew.  This is a similar (if not the exact same) process the now in-famous Breakfast Stout -> Kentucky Breakfast Stout (whiskey barrel aged) -> Canadian Breakfast Stout (whiskey THEN maple barrels).  Both of these beers are delicious and when ever a Beer Friend finds CBS he puts out the BF signal (mostly just a text) and we all come running.  However, CBS is so last year... Old Curmudgeon's Better Half is the new black and we are all in.  Check out our other Founders Reviews below the video - enjoy (we did!) Rare Beer!  Beer is the new Black! Founders!

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Founders Reviews: Breakfast Stout - Nemesis - Backwoods Bastard - Red Rye PA - Porter - Dry Hopped Pale Ale

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of January 15, 2012

Graham

Aaaaaaand we're back!  After a short hiatus, the Beer Friends are back bringing you the best craft beer events that the bars of the world's finest city have to offer - and we have some excellent beer adventures coming up this week. Check em' out:

Tuesday, January 17 - Dogfish Head Week @ Downtown Bar and Grill, Brooklyn:

Downtown Brooklyn's premier bar, boasting by far the largest bottle list of any place in the 5 borough's, will be hosting Dogfish Head this entire week, starting today.  They will feature 12 lines of your favorite Dogfish Head brews as well as some new releases on draft.  And for those of you who think 60 minutes is too short a time and 90 is too long, they'll have the 75 Minute IPA on cask.

The Downtown Bar and Grill is located at 160 Court Street between Amity and Pacific Streets, Downtown, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, January 18 - Founders Breakfast of Champions @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn:

In our continual efforts to walk that fine line between recognizing the immense craft beer world for their work and avoiding turning it into snobbery that in so many ways it's already become, I have a bone to pick with the beer world.  Stop using acronyms when talking about beer.  Just like I cringe when I hear someone talk about wine using shortened titles like "cabs" and "pinot's", I feel equally annoyed when I hear someone talking about finding the "KBS" or the "CBS."  Using a name that no one else around you knows of doesn't make you more exclusive or better, it makes you douchier.  And it gives us in the craft beer world a bad reputation.  Beer snobs are as bad as wine snobs.

On that note, Founders Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and the Canadian Breakfast Stout are incredible brews and hard to find and definitely worth the effort to go out of your way to get one.  Well, look no further, the Fourth Avenue Pub in Park Slope has all three on draft this Wednesday.

Not only that, they'll be pairing them with their favorite breakfast cereals.  You know - CC, LC, FL and GG.  Now, breakfast cereal snobs are completely okay.

The Fourth Avenue Pub is located at 76 4th Avenue between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, January 19 - Belgian Keg Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

When it comes to creativity, many American craft beer enthusiasts think that we pegged it here in the USA.  Belgium has been rocking that tune for quite a bit longer, however.  Bierkraft is recognizing the Belgian peoples fantastic cultural tradition of beer brewing with an impressive lineup:

Chimay Cinq Cents T Gaverhopke Extra Duvel Green Saison Dupont Alvinne Kerasus Rodenbach De Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe Mere aged in Pinot Noir/Gin barrel

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

Saturday, January 20 - Barleywine and Strong Ale Tasting @ Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn:

Many people, when see barleywines on the menu, immediately begin searching for something else due to the strong taste and high alcohol content.  Well, it's time to stop being a wimp and take the plunge with a 5 brew sampler that showcases the barleywine and strong ale traditions.  $18 will get you these rare, unique and delicious barleywines, old ales and strong ales:

Firestone Walker XV: Blend of 8 oak aged beers (85% Barleywine, 10% imperial stout, 5% doubleIPA)

The Bruery Cuir: 3rd anniversary blend of anniversary ales from year one and two , 14.5%

BFM/Terrapin Spike and Jerome’s: Collaborative sour barleywine aged in rum barrels

Avery Hog Heaven: Very heavily hopped American barleywine

Pretty Things Our Finest Regards: 13.5% English barleywine

Get a designated driver for this one.  Even if you're taking the subway.

Brouwerij Lane is located at 78 Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Beer Review 85: Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we return to Founders to continue reviewing their excellent line of delicious brews.  This week it's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale which is a aggressively hopped pale ale much like Dale's Pale Ale but with a different flavor.  This week we are also introducing the Beer Friends Home Game - grab one of the beers we're reviewing and drink it and post your thoughts below... want extra credit?  Grab Dale's Pale Ale and make a comparison review.  Founders!  Grand Rapids!  Home Game!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 22, 2011

Graham

Hallelujah! The Apocalypse/Judgement Day/Coolest Party Ever has been averted! Well, maybe it wasn't ever going to happen in the first place, or maybe somebody out there prayed really hard...or the Big Guy upstairs didn't want to end the ingenuity of American Craft Brewing just yet.  You know, just when it was starting to get good. Tuesday, May 24 - Founders Takes the Taps @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Founders Brewery has quickly become one of New York City's favorite craft breweries.  Just yesterday I saw Founders Pale Ale at a Morton Williams.  And last week, their Rye was on sale at a local bodega.  They've caught on and they've caught quick.  Rattle n' Hum will be handing over control of their 40+ draught lines to the Grand Rapids brewery.  You can better believe that you will not be disappointed with what they'll be bringing.  Check out the list:

Pale Ale Centennial IPA Porter Double Trouble Cerise Dirty Bastard Reds Rye Old Curmudgeon Nemesis Backwoods Bastard Breakfast Stout Kentucky Breakfast Stout Black Biscuit Imperial Stout Kaiser Curmudgeon Canadian Breakfast Stout

Canadian Breakfast Stout is the Breakfast Stout aged in Maple Syrup barrels.  Holy Crap.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown Manhattan.

Tuesday, May 24 - So You Think You're A Beer Geek? @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Alright, just cause we at the beer friends speak fluent Malton and occasionally dress up as hop-nuggets doesn't make us beer geek's.  Actually spending our free time running a beer blog probably is what makes us beer geeks.  Well, it's time to be proud of who we are.  A newly minted beer bar titled TapRoom 307 in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan is throwing a unique event.  Their geekiest patrons will be bringing their rarest and best bottles of bought and home-brewed beer AND the owners will be uncorking their own favorite selections from their private bottle cellar.

All you have to do to join in the fun?  Bring your favorite rare, delicious or homemade bottled brew and $12 for a tasting glass.  Then get ready to sample the deliciousness that everyone else brought.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, Murray Hill, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25 - Bear Republic Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Bear Republic stands for much more than a brewery that brews fantastically hoppy brews out of California.  It stands for the growing brewing tradition in the nations most famous state.   Bear Republic brewery will be bringing their finest brews to the Blind Tiger Ale House this Wednesday.   Check out the list:

Cher Ami Heritage End 10 Carburetor Volks Bier El Oso Mai Bock Ryevalry Stick Ball Alt Racer 5 Red Rocket Hop Rod Rye

Sorry Freddy, no Crazy Ivan.  Maybe next time.  You should still go check it out though.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25 - Deers and Beers with Founders Brewery @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Now this is a man's man beer event.  We're talking beer out of the Michigan woods and animals killed in those woods.  With someones bare hands.  Yeah, I know.  Man's man.  Really though, Founder's hometown, Grand Rapids, isn't quite the woods and the venison is probably from upstate New York.  Regardless, Founders Beer + Venison = Straight Manliness.

Founder's will be bringing several great brews to the Double Windsor in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who in their honor will be serving up delicious venison based grub.  We're talking venison burgers, venison carpaccio, and homemade venison charcuterie.

The brews include the Nemesis Barley Wine, Curmudgeon Old Ae, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Red’s Rye PA, Centennial IPA, Porter and Pale Ale.

The Founder's Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of brewing the over the top flavors of Founders brew.  You might learn something.  That is if you can catch him in between bites of venison deliciousness.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West at 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 26 - Oysters and Captain Lawrence @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Hey Jimmy's No. 43, we here at the Beer Friends just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for starting and continuing, with such awesomeness, your oysters and brewery nights every week.  We love oysters and we love breweries.  We especially love brewery's with nautical themes.  Like Captain Lawrence (remember their domination in the Beer Friends Final Four?).  Thank you for hosting Captain Lawrence this Thursday and for pouring their staples and new/rare releases.  Thank you for combining their brews with oysters shucked by your ace-oyster-shucker Eddie Oyster.  We'll see ya there!  Thanks for having us.  In advance.   And thank you Captain Lawrence for brewing such fantastic beer.

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

Saturday, May 28 - Sixpoint Presents the UEFA Champions League Final @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

We learned something new about Sixpoint that we never knew before:  they love European football.  We support that.  We also support the release of their most famous brews in cans, available for purchase all around the five boroughs.  The Spring Lounge (Little Italy's most famous and possibly only craft beer bar) is claiming that they will be one of the first bars in the city to release for consumption Sixpoint Bengali Tiger cans.   Do we believe them?  Ya know, even if they're not telling the truth you'll still get to drink a bunch of Sixpoint draught pours.  And watch a pretty awesome soccer match-up: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona.

I just don't see how that could end pourly.

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street, at the corner of Mulberry Street, NoLita, Manhattan.

Saturday, May 28 - Founders Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

This week's NYC Craft Beer events has a recurring theme if you haven't noticed:  Founder's.  I wanted to end this post by expressing the Beer Friends love for Founders Brewing Company.  Not in a weird way though.  Just in a way where we want to consume their brews at Rattle n' Hum, enjoy them with some Venison burgers at Double Windsor and finish the week off with some free tastings at GRAB Specialty Foods in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  They'll be pouring a secret selection of Founders at the store this Saturday.  To be honest, they can keep it secret until the event is over and we'd still be happy.  Their beer tastes that awesome.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

BFF4 Championship Game!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! What an exciting tournament this has been.  While we remember tournaments past, we can't remember a tournament with so many up and downs, upsets and heart-breaks, and so many fantastic beers losing by such small amounts.  We are down to two, two from 64, one will be crowded the BFF4 Champion, the other will just be a really good beer.  Who will win?  You decide!  Polls are open until Thursday, April 14th at 11:59pm.  Vote often and show that beer you love it (little known fact - most beers are insecure and need daily pep talks...)

This championship game features 2 local favorites that have used their ferverent following to propel them to this national stage.  These 2 beers, while they may be considered tame in this craft beer culture of 5 hopped IPA's and oak barrel aged stouts, are both exceptional at what they claim to be.  Two great breweries, two solid styles, only one can be crowned Beer Friends Final 4 Champion.

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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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BFF4 - Brad and Paul Elite 8

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We've had a few exciting rounds of the Second Annual Beer Friends Final Four (BFF4).  We've seen the favorites go down (New Belgium Fat Tire) and 16 seeds advance (Cigar City Jai Alai).  We've got Stouts fighting it out in the Colorado / Michigan bracket to move on to the final four and a #16 and #7 sleepers fighting it out in Paul's bracket.

Great Divide Yeti Stout [twitter] faces off against Founders Breakfast Stout [twitter] in a deep, dark and powerful matchup.  Both of these brews have been reviewed by the Beer Friends and received very high remarks.  Let's see who has more fans in this imperial stout match up!

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There has been amazing support throughout this bracket and it has brought us a match up between #16 vs #7.  Cinderella story Cigar City Jai Alai IPA goes up against a very strong opponent in Nebraska Brewing Brunette Nut Brown ale.  It's tough to pick this one, both brews have been getting incredible support and I'm sure either brew would fare well in the Final 4.  However, only one may move on...

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BFF4 - Brad and Paul's Sweet 16 Brackets

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! After an exciting first two rounds, the strong have survived. These are the premier beers of the tournament. We have strong winners in Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout and last years winner, Fat Tire getting knocked off by first year Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch Double IPA. Polls close on April 4th, so get out there, vote and spread the word!

 

After a surprising blow out victory by the #8 seed Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch Double IPA (78% of the vote) they run into another popular Colorado brew in the #5 seed Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout. Yeti has multiple variations (espresso, oak aged, chocolate) but the popular Imperial Stout came to this tournament as a heavily favored brew. Can Breckenridge continue it's run? Will Yeti push through into the Elite 8? Vote and Decide!

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#3 seed Founders Breakfast Stout advances, not surprising -  there but big upset in the #2 vs #7 seed... Bristol Breweries Mass Transit beats Bell's Oberon 83% to 17%!  This stunning upset is thanks to a strong Colorado voting population due to the fact that Bristol is only available in Colorado and surrounding states. Bristol faces a difficult challenge in Founder's Breakfast Stout, but like VCU they seem to be running through the big brews (Founders Porter, Bell's Oberon) - Can Bristol take down another Founder's brew? Will Breakfast Stout setup a matchup of stouts in the Elite 8? Vote now and decide!

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The Mid-Atlantic/Southern/ Midwest-ish bracket has been fun to say the least. Big time upsets with the clear Cinderella of the tournament with Cigar City Jai Alai IPA along with a Nebraska Brewing company that started making a lot of noise these past year is keeping it up and making a lot of noise in the tournament. Both of these are up against two beers vying to keep the Battle for the Keystone State going for one more round. Heavy hitters in Troegs and Victory still alive in this bracket and with the support all 4 beers have been getting, this could go any direction...

#16 Cigar City Jai Alai up against #5 Victory Yakima Glory. Victory is a local favorite and a favorite in the BFF4 rankings this year, but Cigar City has upset a couple of favorites this tournament already. Will Victory be able to stop Cigar City's Cinderella story, or is Jai Alai a beer of destiny?

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#3 vs #7 Troegs Trogenator has it's work cut out for it this round. Nebraska Brewing Brunette Nut Brown Ale comes in hot after taking down Dogfish Head 90 Minute. Nebraska has shown that it has the following to be taken seriously as a brewery and as a beer in fake tournaments. Are we going to see the ultimate underdog match up, or will we see another battle between PA beers?

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