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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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BFF4 - Brad Bracket First Round

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is swept up in the madness... yes - Beer Friends Final Four Beer Bracket is BACK!

Forget Louisville in the First Round and bubble teams, we're talking ales in the First Round and drinking the suds...

This year we (kinda) followed a regional bracket match up instead of the style like last year.

Brad's Bracket includes beers from Colorado and the Michigan area (somehow Great Lakes snuck in there...).  Vote your favorite brew through and pick that Cinderella team, sorry, stout.  Pick the winner and hold it over your friends heads until the next year (Brooklyn's Dark Matter anyone?) Beer!  Voting!

The 1 vs 16 match up pits Last Years winner, New Belgium's Fat Tire against a stout from Boulder - Avery's Out of Bounds Stout.  The Out of Bounds was delicious when infused with coffee, but Fat Tire seems like the fan favorite - should be interesting.  See more of this entry for voting!

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The 8 vs 9 match up has Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch IPA against Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  This is a interesting choice because Edmund Fitzgerald is a multiple award winner - but the selection committee always gets a few wrong (they failed the "eye" test?)

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The 5 vs 12 match up sees Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout against Bristol Laughing Lab.  This is a Colorado knock down drag out... Yeti is known all over the US and Laughing Lab all over Colorado - both delicious beers - I'm guessing multiple overtimes.

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The 4 vs 13 match has upset special all over it.  Odell Cutthroat Porter against the ultimate mid-major in Equinox Nova Pale Ale.  These two breweries are miles apart (if even a mile) but the beers couldn't be different.  Dick Vitale is watching this one as a "upset special!"

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The 6 vs 11 match up has another two close breweries duking it out.  Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale against Boulder Beer Companies Cold Hop.  Both beers are available all over the US, but only one beer became available at my local grocery store which puts their RPI in the 20's!

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The 3 vs 14 match up is another mismatch.  Founders Breakfast Stout against Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA.  While Rocky Mountain IPA is a great beer, Breakfast Stout is built to win.

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The 7 vs 10 match up could go either way.  Two completely different beer styles in Bristol's Mass Transit against Founder's Porter - but great brews in their own rights.  Will the up-tempo smooth play of Mass Transit triumph over the slow down pace of Founder's Porter?

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The 2 vs 15 match up could be another upset special.  Bell's Oberion vs Ska Brewing Company Pinstripe Ale.  Oberion is a summer time favorite but Ska is quickly moving up the popular breweries ladder.  With Ska Brewing Company now available in cans... will this be enough for the 15 over 2 upset?

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/7/11

Graham

The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game?  Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year.  And no we're not talking about the Superbowl.  We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational.  That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you).  Seriously though - What'd you drink for it?  I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor.  Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split.  Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too.  Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews.  The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale.  We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13.  Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz.  That's roughly 4.5 brews.  Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday?  Beer Gods, we hope so.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.

Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:

And you thought the punk rock festival was over.  Nope.  The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.  East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card.  Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix.  In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX?  Hard choice.  Equally hard choice?  The beer.  Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA?  The smart answer?  Have it all - music and beer.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.

Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries.  This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang.  Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown.  Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers.  Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence.  Holler New York Beglian!

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

Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:

It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market.  We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island.  Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out.  This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada.  Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event.  They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises.  We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey.  You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you.  Seems like a good deal.

The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey.  I know nothing about the state except for that.  Good luck getting there.

Just kidding!  It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey.  Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop.  Seriously, it's wicked close.  Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!

Jersey huh?  The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places.  Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!

Featured Brewery: Boulder Beer Company

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Boulder Beer Company Logo30 minutes Northwest of Denver lies the liberal central of Colorado, Boulder.  Home to University of Colorado, the majestic Flatirons, and Boulder Beer Company.  Boulder Beer Company is Colorado's First Microbrewery, which is pretty impressive given the number of breweries in Colorado.  The Beer Friends traveled to Boulder on their recent Colorado Brewery Trip on route to beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater and had a few samples.  Are are a few highlights:

Cold Hop was fantastic out (t)here.  We can find this beer in NYC and really enjoy it, but always think it can be a little something more.  Direct from the brewery was fantastic.

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Mojo IPA is a good beer, but having it on the sampler platter close to the Mojo Risin Double IPA is unkind and unfortunate for regular Mojo.  Mojo Risin is everything us "hopheads" want out of a beer - drinkable and hoppy - but not over spiced.  Mojo is a good introduction IPA for people and Mojo Risin is a good IPA for us veteran drinkers out there.

Obovoid Stout is a delicious stout by any means.  This is creamy enough to have hints of a milk stout but is a oak-aged Oatmeal Stout instead.  Always a delicious pour and a excellent beer for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

The Boulder Beer Company is located at: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2880+Wilderness+Place+Boulder,+Colorado+80301&sll=40.028863,-105.247993&sspn=0.036082,0.083342&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2880+Wilderness+Pl,+Boulder,+Colorado+80301&ll=40.026678,-105.247982&spn=0.009021,0.020835&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The tasting Room is open:

11a - 9p Monday through Friday