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BFF4 Round 2: East & Midwest

Beerfriend Paul

This week we know what teams have advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament we move on to our second round in our Beer Madness 2013.  Congratulations to to Michigan, Syracuse, Wichita State, and Louisville for making it to the Final Four.  We here at the Beer Friends would like to wish Kevin Ware a speedy recovery, it was reported yesterday that he was up and walking around on crutches which is great news after his injury this past weekend. Now, on to the beer!

East #1 vs #9

Flying Dog Gonzo Porter came out of a tough match up to face Cigar City Maduro Brown.  These two darker beers come from the maltier side of beer, will the fantastic oatmeal brown ale from Tampa be able to hold off the delicious Porter from Frederick?

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East #5 vs #13

An interesting match up here with the double bock Troeg's Troegenator goes up agaist the pale ale from lambertville River Horse Hop Hazard.

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East #3 vs #11

The incredibly underrated Victory Hop Devil comes through as an 11 seed to take on the strong (in taste and strength) Dogfish Head Festina Peche.  Will this IPA have enough to take down one of the premier Sour beers?

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East #2 vs #7

Yards Brewing Company extends its stay in the tournament with Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce and goes up against the established Smuttynose IPA.  Spruce ales have interested the beer friends this past year with 2 of them brewing their own versions of the O Tannenbock Spruce by Brooklyn Brew Shop, but will that be enough to get past the classic IPA from New England.

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Midwest #1 vs #9

Left Hand Milk Stout is always a favorite around the beer friends but will the sweet stout have enough to get past the Dark, Rich, and Sexy Founders Porter?

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Midwest #5 vs #13

This is the first match up between beers by the same brewery.  Founder's Red's Rye PA is a fantastic rye ale that is a go to six pack for this particular beer friend but the question is, does it have what it takes to stand up to the incredibly popular triple IPA Founder's Devil Dancer?

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Midwest #3 vs #6

This match up pits the wet hopped Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA against Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale in this battle of brewing styles and hops.

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Midwest #2 vs #10

This match up puts the incredibly popular Two Brothers Cane and Ebel up against the incredibly rare Founders Old Curmudgeon's Better Half.  Both beverages are fantastic but for very different reasons.

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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 11!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Eleven - Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (#twobrosbeer vs #speakeasy)

Hashtag Battles this week features two NFC Superbowl hopefuls.  The 49ers were a punt catch away from the SuperBowl last year and the Bears were a healthy MCL from the SuperBowl two years ago.  In Concussion Sunday, both of these teams had a concussed starting QB, both of which took a few more snaps and then left the game for good.  This weeks matchup is full of "Plan B's" that hope not to de-rail a championship season.  Let's see who's backup is best in this weeks hashtag battle!

In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL hashtag battles! Using, 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 to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Eleven - Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (#twobrosbeer vs #speakeasy)

The Chicago Bears are back!  A scary defense and an actual offense leads to SuperBowl shuffle re-mix mashups and high hopes in the windy city.  The only problem is the Bears line which seems to be spending more time making mix tapes rather than blocking for Cutler.  Cutler has been sacked so often he's developed stargazing as a hobby, that's including day games.  In steps backup Jason Campbell who took over last week in a mistake filled game and did... well ok - the same ok that Bears fans had been living with post-McMahon (who sadly knows a thing or two about concussions) and pre-Cutler.  As long as the defense out scores the offense, the Bears will be fine - which is a problem into itself.

Two Brothers is from Warrensville, IL and Beer Friend Paul still raves about how great this brewery was.  Delicious brews and a great brewpub were highlights (plus a really cool coaster/bottle opener) but he doesn't shut up about the entire day.  But for us Beer Friends that don't travel, we had to have the Beer Mountain come to us.  We had our doubts after the first taste from Heavy Handed IPA, but Two Brothers came roaring back with Cane and Abel and Hop Juice which we enjoyed with our good friend and awesome bar owner The Rev.  With brews like Domaine DuPage, The Long Haul and Northwinds Imperial Stout - there is no need for a backup - these are all starting beers to go the distance.

The San Francisco 49ers came into the season with high hopes.  A Head Coach as a former QB found a way to reach Aaron Smith and bring out the potential that got him drafted #1 overall.  A scary defense with arguably the best linebackers in the game - and everything was clicking - then a tie.  I feel like all the "kissing your sister" jokes have been made - but I find it disturbing the amount of NFL players that don't know the rules or that a game can end in a tie.  You can't tell me that they are so focused on winning (because the Rams players didn't know either) that they don't care about anything else, this is where the NFL should take a note from the college game and switch to the "California Overtime" in regular season games, giving both teams - offenses and defenses - a chance to make a play.  Unfortunately the Rams vs 49ers game wasn't a great argument because of the number of missed opportunities by both teams.  Overall Kaepernick is a better option than Campbell, but Aaron Smith says he's ready to go an according to reports he can throw a TD pass with blurry vision anyway... lets just hope that the blur is on his team and not Brian "Molasses" Urlacher running the other way.

Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is from San Francisco and plays on the history of beer and that unsettling time of Prohibition.  Speakeasy obviously refers to the underground bar where patrons could get their booze, often hidden in back rooms or with fronts - like Moe's "Best Damn Pet Store in Town".  Speakeasy's year round available brews include Prohibition Ale, Big Daddy IPA and the brewmasters series called "Bootlegger Series" with Scarface Imperial Stout and Vendetta IPA.  One of the legendary beers that the Beer Friends still speak of today was a Porter aged in Red Zinfandel barrels - this was amazing.  Overall I'm a bit of a history geek and after drinking a few from the Speakeasy series - I might actually learn something too... unfortunately it will probably be forgotten the next morning.

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


Beer Review 103: Two Brothers Cane and Ebel


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week's six pack of the week (SPotW) comes from Warrensville, Illinois and (like most sports fans) feel the need to take some shots at the Chicago sports community - we apologize in advance.  Warrensville has Two Brothers Brewing which has produced some fantastic stuff for 15 years and is following the latest craft beer trend and putting their stuff in cans.  We've had some stuff from Two Brothers before and it didn't hit it out of the park, but we've never met a beer we wouldn't drink so we'll try them again...


Other Beer Friend Reviewed Rye Beers: Sixpoint Righteous Ale - Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye - Founders Red Rye PA