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Hashtag Battles - Thanksgiving Edition


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Thanksgiving Edition - New England Patriots at New York Jets (#Capecodbeer vs #barrierbrewing)

The NFL is attempting to maximize profits, so the novelty of the Thursday night game has lost some significance, but this is Thanksgiving and with Dallas and Detroit taking their usual spots in the afternoon the night game is for digestion and turkey naps - well that covers the Jets... the Patriots will be there too!

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!

Thanksgiving Edition - New England Patriots at New York Jets (#Capecodbeer vs #barrierbrewing)

The Patriots are firing on all cylinders... running up the score on a lowly Indy team and scoring 59 points.  Busting heads and breaking arms - and the Mad Hoodie is coming under some fire with leaving the starters in so long.  However, Bill's response was "Football players play Football" - well someone should tell Tim Tebow and the Jets Coaching staff.  The Pats face the Jets which oddly has had their number for the past few years including a playoff win - but this year the Pats are looking to make a statement - against an awful AFC East.  Even with a dancing Tight End out, the Pats still have their eyes on the playoffs and look to be healthy for the Superbowl - thats only if they don't score 59 points and Tom Brady is on the line blocking.

Cape Cod Beer is a favorite of the Beer Friends - check out a countless number of reviews.  Cape Cod Beer is a fantastic brewery located on Cape Cod and you can't get their stuff unless you go to them (or have a friend that has parents that live on the Cape).  They are a small brewery that only produces in growler fills and a few pint swing-top bottles.  Cape Cod Beer is actually so good there isn't much else to say until you try it... then comment below for a conversation that goes "They are so good!"  "I know" "Right?"

The New York Jets are saved!  They won against the Rams who haven't been good for a number of years - however the Yankees right fielder didn't tip on a cab home so they'll avoid the backpage until someone starts complaining about Tebow again.  The Jets are a TV series that has jumped the shark and constantly looking for new story lines - introducing a new character with shaky results.  At the end of this season - the Jets management will consult Nelson ratings and decide what the viewers want - then make their Combine choices based on a Facebook poll posted on their news feed.  The good news?  We still have at least 4 episodes left to resolve story arcs and find out if they'll ever get the power back on - unless they get cancelled and suddenly there is a "Save the Bluths" episode.

Barrier brewery is a up-and-comer from the NYC area.  With a brewery located in Rockaway - we can all only hope that they are ok.  Barrier has delicious beers and clever names like Caddy Wompus for their English Bitter and Evil Giant for their Rye IPA.  With around 15 brews year round - you'll never get tired of the brews and always find something to drink  or something to quickly research on your iPhone so you don't feel out of the loop (Evil Giant refers to Surtr a norse God and caddywompus is a "not quite right" individual - which they might be referring too).

Let the battle begin! Tag with #CapeCodbeer or #barrierbrewing, the battle begins Thursday and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Brewery Interviews: Cape Cod Beer Part 3


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we finish up with the 3rd part of the Cape Cod Beer interview series.  Beth and Todd Marcus were so amazing to allow us a few minutes on camera to discuss their wonderful business with us - and we have been eternally grateful.  In Part 1 Paul, Beth and Brad discuss origins of Cape Cod Beer, their “1 Barrel Series,” and the creation of their Christmas in July speciality brew.  In Part 2 they discuss the passion that Cape Cod Beer brings to their beer and tours, expansion of the brand, and a little bit about the can craft beer revolution.  Part 3 finishes the series with insightful questions like: Why doesn't your beer taste like Bud Light? and Where's the bathroom?... kidding, we are professional beer journalist and discuss the brewing schedule, and the business side of a small craft brewery.


Our Cape Cod Reviews:  Red - Bourbon Barrel Red - 1000th Batch Series Imperial Red - Stargazer Stout - Stock Stout - IPA

Beer Review 122: Cape Cod Beer Stock Stout


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In between the Cape Cod Interviews (Part 1 - Part 2) we've placed a few reviews, some of the stuff you can get most of the time (IPA - Red) but a lot is rare stuff (Bourbon Aged Red - 1000th Batch Imperial Red - Stargazer Stout) because we like to show off (we've very insecure).  Today's review falls into the latter category with Stock Stout.  Stout Stock is a milk stout created with coffee beans from Beanstock Coffee, another Cape business promoting all things good that are "The Cape."  This delicious pour is made with Bali Blue Moon Organic Coffee and, as you'll see in the video, creates a really unique smooth flavor.  Coffee!  Beer!  Cape Cod!


Brewery Interviews: Cape Cod Beer Part 2


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today is Part 2 of our 3 part Cape Cod Beer Interview with Beth Marcus (with special appearance by Todd).  Last Interview Beth, Brad and Paul discussed the origins of Cape Cod Beer, their "1 Barrel Series," and the creation of their Christmas in July speciality brew.  This week continues on the origins and into the future of the company (a little bit - this isn't a stockholders meeting).


Beer Review 121: Cape Cod Beer IPA


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Well, here we are, in the heat of summer and everyone is thinking about the beach.  How about beach, seafood, and delicious beer?  Well, look no further and travel up to Cape Cod to find all three, the last in the form of Cape Cod Beer.  Cape Cod Beer has been featured a few times on our little beer blog here (RedBourbon Red - 1000th Batch Imperial RedStargazer Stout) and recently we've started posting an interview we had with Beth Marcus, Business Manager and Founder.  Today we review a staple of the Cape Cod Beer line up, simply put - the IPA.  Continue to stop by for more Cape Cod beer Interviews and Review.  Beach! Cape Cod! Beer!


Brewery Interviews: Cape Cod Beer Part 1


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Now we've already featured Cape Cod Beer in a brewery of the week feature, but we love them and upon a visit and a brief conversation with Beth (the Business Manager) and Todd Marcus (Brewmaster/Founder/President/Beth better half) we decided to go back to the well... of delicious Cape Cod Beer.  This is the first in a 3 part series - check back the next three weeks for the continuation and final part of the Cape Cod Beer interview - and be sure to visit them, they are really great.


Beer Review 110: Cape Cod Beer Stargazer Stout


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week, in the middle of our BFF4, we review last years runner up (and Beer Friend favorite) Cape Cod Beer.  Cape Cod Beer is located in Hyannis, MA and is a very local brewery (can't even get it in Boston).  One of the best things about Cape Cod Beer is you need to go to Cape Cod and enjoy their brews fresh - hopefully with a platter from Seafood Sam's on a warm summer day - sounds like paradise.

Over the next couple weeks we will have a series of videos about Cape Cod Beer.  Stay tuned for videos including interviews and another review.

PS - Sorry for the poor lighting, focus and camera angle - trying out new equipment and debating getting our money back!

Disclaimer: Beth's official title is "business manager" - sorry Beth!  You know we'd NEVER do anything to upset you!


New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 28, 2011


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow, so that just happened. The Beer Friends hope everyone is safe (to drink craft beer) and has power (enough to watch our videos). While people are getting power back and lives together, this week we'll feature something to do every night in effort to get you out of the house. Some of these events are weekly happenings so if you like it, come again next week!

Monday - 25 Cent Wings and Daily Double at Lansdowne Road

The Beer Friends love The Pony Bar, but Lansdowne Road has a special place in our hearts as well. Maybe because they are run by the same amazing manager, maybe because they are a block and a half down the street from Pony Bar, or maybe because every Monday night they have 25 cent wings which you order in 6 packs (naturally). In terms of craft beer, the same manager from Pony Bar has his hand in Lansdowne Road taps so favorites like Sixpoint Sweet Action, Stone IPA, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are available along with a Daily Double: a draft and can/bottle beer that is available for 4 dollars all day long. First to find the Beer Friends gets a free Daily Double of their choice so we'll see you there!

Lansdowne Road is located at 599 10th Ave., New York, NY

Tuesday - Anglo-American Pale Ale Tasting at Bierkraft

The Beer Friends love growlers. There is (almost) nothing better than cracking open a rare beer from a fresh draft pull and enjoying it with friends (we had a few during this Irene thing...). Bierkraft was always mentioned as a destination in Brooklyn for great beer and every time we've made it down we are impressed. While famous for growler fills and a great selection of take home brews, Bierkraft has some great events too. Great beer, knowledgable staff and great sandwiches make the trip to Brooklyn totally worth it. In the spirit of great beer, this Tuesday, August 30th Bierkraft is having Dr. Carl Burger discuss pale ales in the Anglo-American tradition, then a great cool history lesson on styles with focus on the American Pale Ale. Beer-education!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday - The "Perfect Storm" of Beer Events

Wednesday, hump day - hopefully this trifecta of beer events will get you through it (hopefully the MTA will be running as well!).

4pm - Every week Nita Nita has a Craft Can Beer and Grilled Cheese Night. This is a great weekly event, especially with more and more craft breweries switching/adding cans to their lineups.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

6pm - From Nita Nita, jump on the L Train headed to 8th Ave, get off at Union Square and transfer to a 6 Train uptown to 51st St and walk to 2nd Ave for another Beer Friend bar favorite - The Stag's Head. The Stag's Head will be hosting Captain Lawrence, which is a quick easy trip on the Metro North to Pleasantville, NY, a great beer bar and a great brewery is a natural fit. Captain Lawrence will have two different years of their Golden Delicious (a Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels), 5 Years Later (American Black Ale), Nor' Easter (Winter Warmer) and their Smoked Porter.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st St., New York, NY

7pm - From the Stag's Head you can walk to the 51st St E Train and ride that downtown to West 4th stop and walk west to The Blind Tiger. The Blind Tiger has been a fixture in the craft beer scene in NYC for years and the site of many liveblogs from the Beer Friends themselves. Sierra Nevada from Chico, California has been producing great craft beer for years and are commonly seen on the same craft beer level as Samuel Adams. Sierra's Torpedo was the first beer we reviewed and they continue to impress with Beer Camp and the innovative use of Southern Hemisphere hops in their beers. This event will feature some of those Beer Camp brews, Life and Limb 2 (American Strong Ale) and other rarities!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Thursday - Brooklyn and Jersey Events

After Wednesday's Perfect Storm, we hope you're still alive. Grab your "Go Bag" of hangover cures (Gatorade and Bacon, Egg and Cheese for me) and head to one of two events - depending on how adventurous you feel.

3-8pm - Kane Brewing at The Copper Mine Pub in Arlington, New Jersey.

Depending on how crazy your Wednesday-night-Beer-Friends-city-wide-perfect-storm-bar-crawl was, this might be the closest location for you! The Beer Friends love new breweries, the excitement of the brewer and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Equinox Brewery was a favorite stop on the Colorado Brewery Tour 2010 and the Beer Friends continue to sing the praises of Cape Cod Beer, only available on Cape Cod itself. Kane Brewing is another startup with three beers on tap: Single Fin (belgian blonde), Afterglow (rye pale ale) and Head High (IPA) and hope is in the air.

The Copper Mine Pub is located at 323 Ridge Road, Arlington, NJ and beers are available on tap at 3pm with the brewers answering questions around 8pm.

7pm - Lagunitas Draft Event at Bierkraft

Lagunitas from California has captured the attention of the Beer Friends twice (and here) and we've been pretty impressed. Now they bring six kegs and three cask (one's a mystery!) to Bierkraft in Brooklyn. If you ventured out to Bierkraft for the Anglo-American Pale Ale tasting on Tuesday use that muscle memory (or beer-muscle memory) and jump back on the train to Brooklyn. They'll have (tentatively): IPA, New Dogtown Pale Ale, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Czech Pils, Lil Sumpin Ale (American Pale Wheat Ale), Lil Sumpin Wild (Belgian Strong Pale Ale), Hop Stoopid (Imperial IPA) on Cask and the Mystery Brew!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Friday - A Night at Home with the Beer Friends

You've had a long week. Survived a Hurricane, ate your weight in wings at Lansdowne Road, had a beer-education at Bierkraft, traveled all over the Boroughs for some great beer events, and got stuck in Jersey with a new brewery. Take a night off. Avoid the crowds of people trying to enjoy Friday night by getting wasted on $2.50 bottles of Bud Light and hoping to take a stranger home... Visit your local beer store or Whole Foods and fill a growler. The Whole Foods all over the city all have a different selection and they are all close to a train (the Columbus Circle Whole Foods has a "growler happy hour" which takes a dollar off growlers from 5-6p). Visit the Bowery Beer room and find the Octoberfest and Fall beers on early release. If you're a Harlemite - stay north and check out the beer selection upstairs at the Best Yet Supermarket. Enjoy a night in, and rest up for the Saturday day drinking as college football begins...

Beer Review 67: Cape Cod Beer Red


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we reviewed the Runner Up of the Beer Friend Final Four (BFF4) - Cape Cod Red.  With a very small distribution area, Cape Cod Beer had huge fan support and took Nebraska Brewing Company down to the wire.  Win or lose Cape Cod Beer is a fantastic brewery in Hyannis and a favorite when ever these Beer Friends get their hands on it.  Cape Cod!  Red!  Delicious! Beer!


BFF4 Winner!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow, what an exciting tournament it was.  64 beers entered from 60 different breweries, Stouts to Pilsners, West Coast vs East Coast.  Over 73,000 votes counted and (unfortunately) only one winner - Nebraska Brewing Co Brunette Nut Brown Ale.  Nebraska's Brunette Nut Brown Ale beat out solid competition in Cape Cod Beer Red - which received the most total votes over the span of the tournament.  Thanks to everyone who voted, everyone who drank, and most importantly everyone who Brews.  Beer!  March Madness!  Nebraska!