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BFF4 Round 5: #Final4

Beerfriend Paul

The day we know the final four contestants for the 2013 Stanley Cup we also have the last 4 beers in the 2013 #BFF4! In this years Final 4 we have two #1 seeds going up against each other on one side of the bracket and we have two beers who have already had to defeat more popular brews to get to this point.

If you need some help deciding you can watch each video for our “expert” opinion. If you’d like to tell us why one of these beers should win over the other you can tweet us @thebeerfriends or find us on Facebook. it won’t help that beer win any but we’ll enjoy it.

EAST vs MIDWEST

#1 vs #1

#1 Cigar City Maduro Brown

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#1 Left Hand Milk Stout

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Both of these brews had to defeat some great breweries and beers to make it to this point.  Both being #1 seeds there were expected to make it far in this tournament, but now only 1 can move forward into the championship round.

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WEST vs NY/CA

#6 vs #4

#6 21st Amendment Bitter American

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#4 Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011)

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These 2 underdogs have a great fan following that has propelled them through this tournament.  This battle two brews that use hops uniquely, it's the Hoppy Session ale up against the Fresh Hop Harvest Ale.

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BFF4 Round 4: #elite8

Beerfriend Paul

After a bit of a hiatus, we are back to finish the 2013 Beer Friends Final 4! We have 3 rounds left to go, this round will decide which beer wins each region and moves on to the Final Four!

If you need some help deciding you can click on the links to each video for our “expert” opinion. If you’d like to tell us why one of these beers should win over the other you can tweet us @thebeerfriends or find us on Facebook. it won’t help that beer win any but we’ll enjoy it.

EAST REGION

#1 vs #2

In a craft beer culture that is still very hop heavy, this final match up in the East Region we have two brews that are famous for something other than hops..  Cigar City Maduro Brown is a "Northern English style Brown Ale" that is very malt heavy creating a very deep complex brown ale that brings a sweet subtle flavor to a deep dark beer.  Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce comes from Yards Brewing Company and brings the great history of American brewing to present day. Made from an old recipe by Ben Franklin, this brew brings the style of a spruce ale to present day while preserving the history of our forefather's brewing style.

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MIDWEST

#1 vs #10

After facing brews from Founder's in every round of this tournament so far, Left Hand Milk Stout faces its biggest challenge yet.   Founder's Curmudgeon's Better Half Brings the flavor of Founder's Curmudgeon and adds the innovation of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout.  Aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, Curmudgeon's Better Half adds a boozy sweetness to this already delicious Old Ale, it's a big beer with a big flavor. The question is will it be enough for Founder's Brewing to finally overthrow Left Hand's Milk Stout?

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WEST REGION

#1 vs #6

This match up has come down to two brews that are famous for their similarities, hops and cans.  However, what sets them apart will surely be where you cast your vote.  First we have Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale which brings a nice 6.5 abv with its 65 IBU's, this brew brings a strong hop flavor to this dangerously drinkable pale ale.  On the other side of this bracket we have 21st Amendment Bitter American.  With it's 4.4 abv and 42 IBU's 21st Amendment brings a brew that is mellow in comparison but doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor.  Will the popular hoppy pale ale take this round, or will the tasty session ale be the one to move on?

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NY/CA REGION

#4 vs #10

This is the battle of fresh hops vs wet hops! The concept of fresh/wet hops is similar, but there is a difference; there is a great explanation of it on Sierra Nevada's website. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011) brings us fresh hops from New Zealand.  Basic run down of fresh hops (if you don't know) is the hops are picked, then dried, and then put into the brew within 7 days. Sixpoint Autumnation brings the wet hops which are hops that are undried, in their natural form, and put into the brew within 24 hours. Which of these hopping styles will be victorious and lead their brew to the #final4?

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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 2!

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 Two - Tampa Bay Bucs at New York Giants (#cigarcitybeer vs #sixpoint)

Well, hopefully that week and a half off was long enough to give Giants' fans faith in football again. The NY media took the loss well (sarcasm) but haven't called for two-time World Champion coach Tom Coughlin to be fired... yet. The G-Men are like a college team with the NY media playing the role of nervous boosters. Even when they win it might not be enough. But the defending Super Bowl champions aren't about to freak out. It's a long season and even though their boosters aren't thrilled with the "weak" one performance, at least they don't make the back page as often as that party school with a NY logo (everyone needs a safety school right?). Just wait until Mark Sanchez plays like, well, Mark Sanchez rather than Tom Brady -- the NY Giants won't have to worry about the media at all. The "TEBOW, TEBOW, TEBOW" will be heard all the way back at USC.

Sixpoint Craft Ales has grown up right in front of our face. Remember when you could only find them on draft at a few local craft beer bars, then Sweet Action started showing up everywhere. Then came cans, seasonals, double IPA's, nanokeg holders and next, the WORLD! Sixpoint has always been a favorite (we try to review all their stuff and usually gush like a sophomore girl talking to the Senior QB) and we are excited to watch its continued growth, with hopefully no Page 6 drama!

For the Tampa Bay Bucs, it was a tough three years. When the team hired young Raheem Morris, they became a hot pick, with an energetic coach, Bill Simmons's boyfriend Josh Freeman at QB, and an MMA running back, while playing in the always-in-flux NFC South. The Bucs hopes flew high with a 10-6 record in 2010, finishing just outside of the playoffs. But by the end of 2011, it was a team with no identity that quit on its coach. That cute, young talented team experienced a slump worse than Oasis (still the greatest band British band since the Beatles!) and ended at the bottom of the NFC South with a 4-12 record. Now, hope springs eternal. A new coach and a big free agent WR (the University of Northern Colorado's single greatest athlete) lead the charge and with a scary defensive line the Bucs looked poised for a turn around reminiscent of coach Greg Schiano's last job at Rutgers. I can't wait until the Bucs start scheduling Pittsburgh for their homecoming game.

Cigar City is a dynamite brewery who just invaded The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen. With a solid IPA in Jai Alai (which I have enjoyed many times this week), the brewery experiments with different aging processes and every one turns out fantastic. Add Maduro Brown, a delicious malt beverage, aged with Vanilla and a Cucumber Saison - I'm in love. Maybe the solid basic recipe (run game) and a little aging (maturity) is just the answer for a successful franchise.

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

Hashtag Battles Week Thirteen!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season 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 (#duckrabbit vs #cigarcity), 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. We're starting on Sunday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers (#duckrabbit) vs Tampa Bay Bucs (#cigarcity)

We can't ignore the fan mail any longer.  Tampa Bay Bucs and Cigar City want a rematch.  This young and fiery football team turned the football world upside down last year winning with young and very little talent.  Coming into this season they were supposed to challenge the Saints and Falcons for the division but instead have fallen to 4-7 after 5 straight loses (thank god for San Diego or this would be the worst in the league!).  Tampa Bay sometimes plays inspired ball with a young QB in Josh Freeman and with LaGarrette Blount hitting his running holes things could be on the rise.  However this week they play another young team in Carolina and Freeman is out - they might catch San Diego after all.  Cigar City always brews with inspiration.  After a tough match up in week 1, they are back to play a divisional rival in Duck Rabbit, let's see if they learned from their earlier game and turn the tables on the Carolina's first time in the hashtag battle arena.

Carolina has a lot of plus to this mostly minus of a season.  Last year under John Fox (who's winning in Denver with Tebow and Jesus as is co-coaches) they when 1-15 and selected Cam "I'll play anywhere as long as my dad gets paid" Newton to QB a defensive minded team with Rivera taking over from San Diego.  At 3-8 they've already tripled their win totals and Cam is throwing it all over the field (and not only to the DB's from the other team!).  With a tough schedule ahead (Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans) and a hot and cold team twice (Tampa Bay), the season is still very much in flux.  Who knows, a low draft pick to help Cam on the offensive might be exactly what they need to get back into the NFC South race.  Duck Rabbit is a small brewery with a big following.  In my life the Milk Stout became something of legend when it started popping up on Untappd.com and when I finally had it, it was well worth the wait.  This brewery is young but growing with the talent they have - can the Panthers and Duck Rabbits co-exist and will youth prevail in this weeks hashtag battle?

Beer Review 84: Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we return to Tampa, Florida for Cigar City Brewing's Maduro Brown.  No this is not to celebrate the Rays in the playoffs (more the collapse of the Red Sox...) but to celebrate good beer.  Cigar City produces some really great beers and conditions them in different barrels or adds flavors to the base brew to expand their flavor profile.  Maduro Brown is another base beer that they will place in barrels and modify slightly to bring out a taste (see Maduro Tiramiso).  Solid Beers! Different Flavors! Old World Style Brewing!

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Hashtag Battles!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season 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.  And because football needs beer, we're starting on Saturday morning to include the brews consumed during College Football Saturdays.  Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week One - Detroit vs Tampa Bay (#atwater vs #cigarcity)

The Detroit Lions showed promise all off season, in fact they almost lived up to the high standards of their brew producing state.  Michigan has had many delicious breweries throughout the years and Atwater from Detroit just adds to the list.  Atwater has a full lineup and a growing demand should make Atwater a difficult opponent.

The Tampa Bay Bucs are young and fiesty - led by a young coach and younger QB they play in the always up for grabs NFC South division, can youthfulness prevail over the old guard?  Tampa Bay is in Florida, but the Beer Friends live in NYC - so needless to say we don't know a lot about the Tampa Bay beer scene, but we do have a favorite beer from down south, Cigar City Jai Alai.  This is a delicious and refreshing IPA and paired with the Maduro Oatmeal Brown - should make things interesting in this weeks hashtag battle.

Let the battle begin!  Tag with #atwater or #cigarcity, the battle begins Saturday morning and ends Monday night... drink to support your teams!

Update!  Atwater won this match up - mirroring what the Lions did to the Bucs... could this mean that the brewery we support the most wins the football game?  I think we need a bigger sample size...

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 12, 2011

Graham

I had a feeling.  And not just the usual feelings, but the awesome feelings.  The sort of feelings that let you know this is going to be a big week.  A HUGE week.  Seriously though, the closest example I would give for the events happening this week would be a planetary alignment with the center of the galaxy.  It wasn't organized by anything beyond cosmic happenstance but despite it's coincidental nature, it's pretty damn awesome.  Well, this week you can thank The Beer Friends for taking the random alignment of super-awesome craft beer events and organizing them into a coherent list of what you should drink and where you should drink it.  Let's see what we've got... Tuesday, June 14 - The Good Beer Seal 2011 Awards Party @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

Ever had the urge to share your opinion regarding all things craft beer in the New York City metro area?  But didn't feel like being as verbose as creating a blog on the internet?  Now here at The Beer Friends we don't really know about such things.  However, we do know about a more concise method of expressing your expert craft beer opinions.  And it's happening this week.

The Good Beer Seal is an organization formed by the best brewers and bar owners out of the New York City craft beer scene.  They have really made quite a showing on the scene since their inception - providing us with events, interviews, news and the delicious brew we love so much.  Now they are throwing an awards party to acknowledge the best of craft beer happenings here in our humble little seaside village that is New York.

Even better?  It's at Barcade.  Always a fantastic beer selection.  Always great retro video games to keep us entertained.  And now?  An awards show to give us something to cheer about.  Did you favorite craft beer bar get an award?  We all have our horses that we're pulling for.  Let's take a night to give it up for craft beer here in NYC.  Without it, and the people that provide us with it, we wouldn't be here.

The 2011 Great Beer Seal Awards Show is happening at Barcade which is located at 388 Union Avenue between Anslie and Hope Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 14 - The Blues Brothers @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Were you afraid you missed it?  One of most badass events of 2011.  Well, you did and you're lucky:  it's happening again.  The Blues Brothers event is happening again, this Tuesday, at TapRoom 307.  TapRoom 307 is a new beer bar in located in that weird area in between Stuyvesant Town, Flatiron and Gramercy Park.  We'll just call is 3rd Avenue at 23rd Street.  It's what we'd call a rich man's Pony Bar.  Meaning: Great selection, great food - but pricier.

Either way - they are throwing the next Blues Brothers Event.  Join Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado and Two Brothers Brewery out of Warrensville, Illinois as well as a screening of the movie Blues Brothers, free soul food, a costume contest with prizes and free giveaways.

You missed it once.  Don't let it happen again.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street, Gramercy Park?, Manhattan.

Tuesday, June 14 - 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Our favorite Queens beer bar is throwing a party this week.  A party that we are all going to love.  Except Phil that is.  And he's the only one who actually live in Queens.  I guess we'll have to make a special trip.

Sunswick 35/35 is throwing their 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival that will be featuring almost 40 taps and bottles straight from the best breweries out of Belgium.  The list is actually too long to include on the NYC Craft Beer post, but I suggest you check it out HERE

Did I also mention that this event is happening all week?  That's 6 days we can spend trying to get Phil to enjoy Belgian brews.  And then making fun of him when he refuses.

Sunswick 35/35 and the 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, June 15 - Barrier Brewery Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

In all our beer travels around the world the Beer Friends have strived to shed light on the little guys.  The newcomers to the craft brew scene.   We love the big brewers but realize that an industry such as the American Craft Beer industry thrives on continual creativity from both the most experienced brewers and ingenuity from the youngest members on the scene.  Barrier Brewery is just that.  They have added their name to the blossoming Long Island/Metro NYC beer world and we couldn't be happier.  They'll be pouring their Barnacle Brown Ale, Oil City IPA (Black IPA), Bulkhead Red, Cycle Saison, Mare Undarum (Belgian IPA), RipRap (Baltic Porter) and the GreenRoom Pale Ale.

Let's take a short quiz.

Are you experienced with any or all of these brews by Barrier Brewing Company?

a) All          b) Some          c) None

If you answered A, then you should attend the event.  If you answered B, then you should attend the event.  If you answered C, then you should attend the event.  That was easy enough to figure out.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, June 16 - Sixpoint Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:

We understand if you are already overwhelmed with the craft beer world this week.  We've dropped a lot of crafty knowledge on your head so far.  Perhaps you should stop reading here.  We know you're better than that though.  So here's a reward - Sixpoint Specialty Night at Standings.

In honor of Sixpoint's 6 Year Anniversary Standings will be throwing them a bash with rare brews that will sure make this a night to remember.  We're talking Gemini, Harbinger Saison and Triple, yes that triple, not just double, Sweet Action.  All that on-top of your regular Sixpoint favorites and FREE brat's from Wechsler's in the East Village.

You're welcome.

Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, June 16 - FREE Abita @ Mudville 9, Manhattan:

Some things you have to see to believe.  This event is one of them.  The last time someone promised free beer to me I had to sit through a 30-minute presentation of post-modernist Russian interpretive dance.  And the beer was Heineken.

Mudville 9 is promising Free Abita from over 10 draft lines this Thursday night from 6-8 PM.  I'm not sure what the catch is but I can only imagine - Free Save-Our-Shores pilsner with a 6-month committment to the continual rebuilding of New Orleans, a TurboDog pour on-the-house with the completion of eating a dozen raw crawfish-live, or a complimentary Purple Haze when you hotbox some Purple Haze in a bathroom stall with 3 shrimp boat captains.

Or maybe it's just free.  And honestly, the last one doesn't sound like that bad of an option.

Mudville 9 is located at 126 Chambers Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Friday, June 17 - S.K.I. in the Summer @ Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn:

Beer Distributor Series nights are quickly taking off here at craft beer bars in the series.  And it kind of feels like selling out.  Like getting free beer from the man.  However, after attending said nights it has been quite easy to shed those feelings.

Here's the reason:  Beer distributors have the availability to bring the best kegs/bottles from a range of different breweries, instead of just one brewery.

I like variety.  So do you.  Mug's will be pouring a range of brews from breweries distributed by S.K.I. Beer.  We're talking the rarest of offerings from Speakeasy, Stone, Founders, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Riverhorse, Harpoon and more.  The full list will be up on the Mug's Alehouse website in the coming days and we'll be doing our research and making available as much info as we can find here on TheBeerFriends.com, so make sure you check in and check in often.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue on the corner of North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Beer Friends love the summer.  This week is an example of why.  We hope to see you at the events this week and in the weeks to come as the summer craft beer season has officially started!

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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