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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!

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?