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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 14!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Fourteen  -  Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins (#flyingdog)

This week features the closest thing to an inner city rivalry the NFL has (lets face it - Giants vs Jets is like when Varsity scrimmages the JV squad).  The Ravens are constantly at the top of the AFC North and always in line for a playoff spot - no matter who's kicking field goals, and the Redskins went from a few re-building years with Shanahan and Sons to a wildcard in the NFC East race.  Let's see who takes Mid-Atlantic bragging rights 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 fan bases 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 Fourteen  -  Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins (#flyingdog)

The Baltimore Ravens have been doing it on defense for a number of years... Remember when they won the 2000 on the arm of Trent Dilfer?  You must've have been drinking because Dilfer had very little to do with the win... much like a waiter carrying a tray full of drinks - he was doing his job and trying not to screw it up too much.  The Ravens always remind of us this SuperBowl winning 2000 team, because it's basically the same team.  Ray Lewis and Ed Reed still command the troops and although Lewis has been sidelined with an arm injury, he's still a presence on the sideline and the heart and soul of the defense.  The offense is a completely different story - Joe Flacco calls himself an Elite QB, yet doesn't realize you don't need to be elite to win, you need a RB.  Ray Rice is a solid choice for Fantasy players and game winning drives, but the Ravens avoid him like they've got the opposing defense on fantasy (it is Fantasy playoff season).  Even after a 4 and 29 conversion in San Diego (leading to the win) - the Ravens against their biggest rivals were outscored in the 4th quarter 10-0, when after the 3rd quarter leading 20-13.  The turning point?  With 9:49 left and the ball, instead of safe hand offs to Rice to kill the clock (and get me extra yards), Flacco drops back and is strip sacked, giving the Steelers the ball on the 30 yard line, which meant it would have only taken 5 maximum distance throws by Charlie Batch to reach the 5 yard line.  Let's see how they avoid Ray Rice this week, lose to the Redskins on the rise and continue to ruin my fantasy football season.

The Washington Redskins have changed head coaches so many times, a Tea Party representative spends more time in the D.C. area.  Dan Synder is always going after the big name head coaches and hooked Mike Shanahan after he was let go of in Denver.  Shanahan brought his son along and setup the offices of Shanahan and Sons LLC in D.C. in search of QB talent.  In his first season he dealt with Beck, Grossman and an aging McNabb causing him to rotate QB's like he used to rotate RB's in Denver - last year he lost McNabb and ended up 5 -11 but in position to trade up to #2 getting Luck or RG III (whichever the Colts didn't take).  Enter a season of rebirth.  Shanahan suddenly has the second coming of John Elway and a RB picked in the 6th round (Terrell Davis anyone?) to bolster his offense.  The defense is still questionable, but so is the NFC East with the Cowboys and Eagles preparing "Help Wanted" signs and the Giants struggling to win against the lack of division rivalries/competition.  The Redskins are 6-6 with 4 winnable games left; and save a dumb WR play in the Rams game, an unsportsman plenty drive killer in the Bengals game, and just 1 of 2 defenders stopping Victor Cruz (the Giants only offensive weapon) from running by them - the Redskins are 9-3 and the toast of the town.  Let's see how they shock the NFL world by winning OR blowing up in the 4th quarter for the rest of the season, and watch the growth of a very exciting prospect in RG III.

Flying Dog Brewery is so good, it has no competition in the D.C. / Baltimore area.  Flying Dog has it's origins in Aspen, Colorado and moved to the Maryland area in 2008, taking their Dog themed brews and Hunter S Thompson inspired bottle art with them.  With Belgian roots, Flying Dog doesn't impress all the beer friends (#callingoutphil) but the Gonzo Porter is always tops on the list this time of year and the Garde Dog Saison and Snake Bite IPA find their calling in the warmer months.  I guess there is always something to look forward to - just like this Redskins vs Ravens game.  This week we're taking one brewery and using hashtag battles to call out fans - use the hashtag "flyingdog" and put "Ravens" or "Redskins" behind it to support that team.

Let the battle begin! Remember to Tag with #flyingdogravens vs #flyingdogredskins, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

New York Beer Events for the Week of August 20th - 25th


Hello Beer Friends Nation! We know why you've come here today, just sit back and let us plan your week of beer swigging events...

Monday August 20th -

Murray's Cheese is a locals favorite of most New Yorkers - legendary on Bleecker, I recently had a true New Yorker get so excited that "Murray's now sells beer!" As if the craft beer revolution was now official in his mind.  Well, those of us who've been following for quite some time welcome Murray's Cheese to the table and let's see what they got!  On Monday, August 20th, Murray's Cheese pairs with the Shelton Brothers to present "Belgian Beers and Cheese" - the problem is (with Murray's being new to the craft beer scene - we're very cheap) it's $75 to get in and availability is limited (10 seats for this class).

Murray's Cheese is located at 254 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Tuesday August 21st -

Who doesn't like a little competition?  If there is one thing New Yorkers do well is tell you how great New York is, and we love to prove it.  So head down to Mission Dolores for their NY vs CA Can Beer Night.  Representing CA are breweries such as: Bear Republic, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, 21st Amendment, Stone, Lagunitas and Green Flash.  Representing NY are breweries such as: Southern Tier, Sixpoint, Kelso, Barrier, Empire, Brooklyn Brewery, and Captain Lawrence.  So make your list of great NY things, and stuff from California you can crap on - and head on down!

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 

Wednesday August 22nd -

The baseball season is winding down and most fans have realized whether or not they have a chance for the off-season.  This means that now baseball games actually start to mean something!  Standings is celebrating it by having a few baseball themed beers on tap including Green Monsta Ale from Wachusett Brewing Co. (it doesn't suck like the Sox this year...) and Summer Love from Victory (see the Sox comment and apply to Phillies).  Best thing about Standings? It's directly above Jimmy's No. 43 so make it a doubleheader!

Standings Bar is located at 43 East 7th St., New York, NY

If this doesn't sound interesting - check out Mad River Brewery at Blind Tiger.  Be sure to get there early, the event starts at 3pm and fills up quickly!

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

Thursday August 23rd - 

Bierkraft is legendary in Craft Beer in New York City - so when they invite a "new comer" like Barrier it must be a big deal.  Well, that's partly true - Barrier Brewing Co. is a really big deal.  Barrier started just three years ago in a 1 barrel facility, yada yada yada... a few awards later they've expanded to a five barrel facility in Oceanside, NY.  If you see them around, try their stuff - if you haven't - get to Bierkraft on Thursday when Barrier takes over the taps.

Bierkraft is located at 191 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Feel like playing some video games?  Check out the greatest idea for a bar since... well ever - at Barcade in Williamsburg.  Barcade has a excellent draft list (always) and this Thursday they invite Flying Dog from Maryland.  In addition to their great year round beers (Gonzo, Snake Bite IPA), the draft list looks very dangerous, so bring your wits and your quarters.

Barcade Brooklyn is located at 388 Union Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Friday August 24th - 

It's Friday!  Find a Happy Hour and enjoy yourself!  Be sure to check in on and follow us at @thebeerfriends, @beerfriendbrad, @beerfriendphil, @beerfriendpaul, and @beerfriendgrahm and let us know what you're drinking!

Beer Review 107: Flying Dog Snake Bite IPA


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Everyone seems to be caught up with #MarchMadness so this week we tried a beer with some maddening labels (created by Ralph Steadman)... Flying Dog!  Flying Dog started in Colorado and moved to Maryland (which breaks my heart) but now their stuff is a lot more available (you win some and you lose some).  This is their traditional IPA not to be confused with their Belgian IPA "Raging Bitch".  We reviewed before and again and liked their stuff, so the bars is pretty high. #BFF4! Flying Dog! *More* Local!


New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 26, 2011


This year is special - you're getting some extra time.  To do what with you ask?  Drink more craft beer of course!  What kind of craft beer should you drink and where should you drink it?  Let's see... Tuesday, February 28 - Dogfish Head Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

The over-the-top odd-duck of the beer world is bringing their best brews to one of NYC's best brew bars.  Enter Dogfish Head at the Pony Bar.  We're talking 20 draft lines and 2 casks.  Possibly even some fancy rare stuff.  Although, almost anything Dogfish Head makes tastes fancy and rare.  Chris Valente, of Dogfish, will be on hand to get you through the night, but you should probably set something up beforehand to help get you home.  This is going to be a big one.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest corner of 45th street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Wednesday, February 29 - Flying Leap Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

What better way to spend the oddest day of the year with a trip out to the oddest borough for an offering of brew from an odd(ly decorated) brewery.  Their brew really isn't so odd, just delicious.  What is odd is their devotion to Gonzo styled artistic design on all their 6-packs and bottles.  Hell, for all we know the Leap Day was created in homage to the Gonzo masters themselves.  Either way, hit them up for a memorable February 29 - the day that only exists every four years!

The list:

Doggie Style Pale Ale Garde Dog Biere de Garde Gonzo Imperial Porter K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, February 29 - Leap Year Beer @ The Gate, Brooklyn:

In a throw back to the last recorded Leap Year, the guys and gals at the gate in Park Slope will be serving up some vintage craft brew memories.  Some big and tasty brews that have been stashed and aged since '08.  Maybe we'll discover that craft beer brewed during a Leap Year tastes best after aging it until the next Leap Year.  Only one way to find out...

The List:

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2008 Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 2008 Allagash Curieux 2008 Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout 2008 J.W. Lees Manchester Star 2008 Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru 2008

The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 1 - English Beer Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I'm going out on a limb on this one.  Usually I wouldn't trust much that comes from that Limey island across the Atlantic, but if the guys and gals at Bierkraft are throwing a party than I have no reason to believe it'll be anything but awesome.  This Thursday they'll be featuring English beers, many which influenced the way craft beer is still made here in the United States - of course leading to our complex that we're just going to grow up to become our fathers.  Bierkraft hasn't released the list yet - but again, if they're picking the pours then I got a good feeling that despite the bad accents and crooked teeth, the beer will be great.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Saturday, March 3 - NYC American Craft Beer Festival @ The Lexington Armory, Manhattan:

We love craft beer festivals.  There's a new one hitting the shores of NYC this weekend and there are still tickets available.  Introducing the NYC American Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory.  Your general admission ticket will include unlimited tasting of over 150 craft beers from 75 different breweries.  Many of the brewers of the beer you'll be sampling will be standing there with you to guide you through their product.  Imagine sharing your favorite beers with the men and women who brew them.  Now imagine doing it 75 times.  I think that's a challenge.

You can get info and buy all three tiers of tickets here:

The Lexington Armory is located at 68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets, Kips Bay, Manhattan.

Hashtag Battles Week Fourteen!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season 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 (#3floyds) vs #flyingdog), 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. We're starting on Saturday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Fourteen: Indianapolis Colts (#3Floyds) vs Baltimore Ravens (#flyingdog)

Oh Indy.  Remember those years when you flirted with perfection?  Now you're flirting with a different type of perfection, a perfect 0-16.  Move over Detroit Lions... you might have company -  including the fact the Indy has aquired 3 (yes 3!) former players from that 0-16 Lions team.  Remember what happened the last time a Stanford QB got selected by a awful Colts team (Baltimore at the time)?  He demanded a trade and the legacy of the Denver Broncos began (that was after Elway started lining up under center and not the left guard).  Now Indy has an aging QB with a neck issue and the possibility of signing a young stud QB.  Out with the old and in with the new?  Not that easy, if only we could figure out what they are thinking... might as well start following Jim Irsay3 Floyds is located in Munster, Inidana and produces beers found all over the US.  A personal favorite (more for the name) is Zombie Dust, but when  the big IPA Dreadnaught is on tap I'm always gonna grab one.  There's no quit for 3 Floyds and they are coming on strong - good thing because Colts fans everywhere are gonna need a drink after this season.

Baltimore returns to the hashtag battle arena with a brewery that just a short drive west, Flying Dog.  Baltimore has had a up and down season - while still 9-3, the loses were bad loses (Seattle, Tennessee and Jacksonville) and they had a close game against Arizona - this is not the make of a team that is aiming for the Superbowl.  However, the Raven's are getting Lewis back in the next few weeks with games against the hapless Colts and the San Diego "shoot ourselves in the foot" Chargers so look for 13-3 with the rest of the games winable.  Flying Dog used to be a Colorado beer, but then they (like the Colts) picked up and moved to the Baltimore area.  Fortunately the beer stayed the same and the dog themed beers continued to win awards, as well as the label art of Ralph Steadman.  The Gonzo Imperial Porter is always a favorite and never plays down to competition... taking notes Ravens?

Phil's Birthday at Sunswick 3535


Hello Beer Friends Nation! A few, well 3/4th of the Beer Friends are celebrating Phil's Birthday at the ONLY Good Beer Month bar in Queens, Sunswich 3535! A very nice scene with an excellent variety... At least one Beer Friend (Phil) is gonna get sloppy! Brad 1st - Founders Centennial IPA, I love this beer. The smooth taste combined with the hoppiness creates a very light, refreshing drink. This and the Breakfast Stout from Founders are quickly climbing up my favorite beer ladder.

Phil 1st - Founders Centennial IPA, well actually Phil is too busy so we figured we'd blog for him... (in our best Phil voice) This beer is great! Not like a belgian beer so I love it!

Graham 1st - Greenport Harbor Ale. Lighter in the flavor area than I would've liked. Wanted more of the citrusy hops that the menu promised, however it is a pale ale, not an IPA. I imagine this is what flavor tastes like to people once they hit 30.

Brad 2nd - Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale - a very light crisp beer. Flying Dog Used to be a Colorado brewery and moved to Maryland too expose themselves to a East Coast audience - it has worked out well. This isn't my favorite Flying Dog BUT Flying Dog doesn't really make a awful beer.

Phil 2nd - Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale. Wow another non-Belgian beer! I could get used to this! It actually reminds me of a song from one of my favorite artists: Glory Days by Springsteen. Now that I'm old I consider all of my life before now as glory days. Ah the days, they would've gone well with a Tire Bite; crisp, golden, youthful and full of potential...sigh...

Graham's 2nd - Pearl Street's Lune' d'bleu. This brewery has an old school nostalgia factor for me. Being from Rochester, anytime we headed to Buffalo we'd hit up Pearl Street Brew Pub. I'm glad it's made its way down to NYC. This beer is refreshing and spicey. Made with orange peel, coriander and ginger, it's the Ginger that takes over and leaves an impression.

Brad 3rd - Victory Donnybrook Stout - Victory was our brewery of the week a couple weeks ago so I figured I'd give a shout out. I like this stout, smooth like a Guinness with a little more taste, it's easy to drink with no complaints.

Phil 3rd - ...

Graham 3rd - Stone Levitation. Rich malts and a good citrus hop make this one an easy beer to take down. The flavors are very evenly matched and a pleasure from start to finish.

Brad 4th - Stone Levitation Ale - This Amber ale is my favorite offering from Stone. Smooth with enough taste I could drink 4 of these - responsibly of course.

NYBrewfest jun 19th!

Phil Foleen

All dressed up and nowhere to go on June 19th?  Well you are in luck, my friend, because the 4th annual NY Brewfest just happens to be on that very day!

Right now they are listing 26 breweries from NY State, 38 breweries from the rest of the US of A, and another 15 breweries of the international variety.  Click through for more details.

The festivities are from 3:30pm-8pm on Governor's Island in NYC, which is pretty fantastic since you can only get there by boat, so you can have as much beer as you want!  Prices range from $55+tax etc, $75 for a Connoisseur's admission which gets you in an hour early, and if for some reason you don't want any beer, there's a Music Lover's ticket for $25.

The best thing about your ticket is it includes your very own sampling glass, all the food you can eat while you're there, and a round trip ticket for the NY Water Taxi to get you there!  Now that's a bargain!  The music is looking pretty good too, c'mon Bagpipe Dudes!

They also have Seminars, but nothing under the heading yet so stay tuned, and if you're in a giving mood you can also Volunteer to help out.

All in all this looks like a can't miss event for anyone who's in the area and loves beer.  On the site they say that the last 3 Brewfests have sold out, so you may want to get your tickets early.  I know I am.  Tickets link is below.

Get you tickets HERE

Thanks Ken for the lead!

Beer Review 11: Flying Dog Garde Dog


The Beer Friends Return with our Six Pack of the Week! This week it a continuation of our Spring Series - Flying Dog Brewery from Frederick, Maryland with their Spring offering, Garde Dog. We had some camera framing issues, but not to worry, we got Phil's good side.


Beer Review 04: Flying Dog Gonzo Porter

Phil Foleen

Hello again all Friends of Beer!  This week's review features the Gonzo Porter from Flying Dog Breweries.  The audio is a little soft during the program so be careful with the intro and outro(we're working on solving the audio part, we'll have it fixed real soon).  Enjoy! [youtube=]