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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!

Round 3: Green and Blue Bracket

Beerfriend Paul

We are on to Round 3 of the BFF4.   Finally down from 64 to the sweet 16.  There are 4 teams left in each bracket as we whittle down to the Final Four. The first match up in the Green Bracket is a big one. Russian River's Pliny the Younger has its biggest test of the tournament yet.  The very special, and very rare, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout is probably the most dangerous #12 seed in this tournament.  Both of these beers are rare and have a lot of fans.  This match up has the potential to be an instant BFF4 classic.

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The other match up in the Green Bracket brings us #3 Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout vs #7 Bell's Black Note Stout.  Founders KBS is the favorite in this match up, but Black Note Stout shall not be taken for granted.  These beers have a lot of similarities, both are Bourbon barrel aged stouts and both are from the great state of Michigan. Can the underdog from Kalamazoo take down the favorite from Grand Rapids?

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The first match up in the Blue Bracket brings us two more barrel aged beers.  First is the favorite in this bracket, the #1 seed, Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.  This beer is the very popular Breakfast stout that is aged in barrels that have previously aged Bourbon and Maple syrup.  It has to go up against an Imperial stout that has been aged in a variety of barrels.  Three Floyd's Oak Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout is arguably as sought after as any other brew in this tournament.  It is released with a party and concert on Dark Lord Day.  I have heard of some big openings for craft brews, but this sounds epic.  Both of these beers deserve to be here, but only one can move forward.  In a year full of barrel aged beers, which one of these will move on to the Elite 8.

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The other match up in the Blue Bracket pits a Russian Imperial stout against an IPA out of Minnesota.  Deschutes Brewery pits The Abyss up against Minneapolis Town Hall's Masala Mama IPA. In a tournament full of big barrel aged stouts can this Russian Imperial survive or will the strong and steady IPA move on to face the bigger and badder barrel aged brews?

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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.