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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 1!

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 One - Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns (#yardsbrew vs #greatlakesbrew)

Holy crap!  Professional football is back.  This week the real games start, Wednesday night was just a bunch of fanfare - or at least the Superbowl defending Giants thought so as they let the Dallas Cowboys come in and ruin their Superbowl trophy parade.  What irks me the most is Jerry Jones was actually correct!

Philadelphia is hoping to bounce back like the Miami Heat did in its second season.  Vince Young last year (he can be seen as your local sandwich artist or protesting outside a Payday checking establishment) declared them a Dream Team - as he played the role of Christian Laettner.  Philly fans are putting a lot of hope in a QB who's wearing a flak jacket for protection - which is ironic because he probably had one on that Virginia farm of his for "dog training".  Full circle indeed.

Yards Brewing never claimed to be a dream team, instead they brew the dream team of Revolutionary Ales by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Poor Richard (Benjamin Franklin).  These beers (watch the reviews) are delicious and without any Laettner brews holding them down.

Cleveland Browns are wise beyond their years... they are actually sages that spent thousands of years in deep meditation Siddhartha style.  Brandon Weeden is understudy to Scott Bakula of the Necessary Roughness kind, after spending a few years playing baseball in minor league stadiums (similar crowds to that of Cleveland Browns Stadium - *Note: Sell the naming rights, because right now the stadium name is as original as the jersey design*) comes back and finds that huge strike zone to Justin Blackmon and sets some school records passing Mike "I'm a Man" Gundy in the process.  Add a star running back from a National Champion and you've got yourself the first rookie QB/RB team in 50 years (I guess they never asked why more people don't do that).  After a porous offensive line and no breakaway WR's, Weeden will sit back in the pocket and wait for his next "leap."

Great Lakes Brewing Company fills each bottle with a rich history of the Ohio river Valley region.  Eliot Ness (infamous Chicago area Prohibition age "The Untouchables" leader) is an Amber full of taste that it'll make you break the law.  Burning River is named for the amount of pollution found floating in the river that it is said to "ooze rather than flow" and catch on fire.  Dortmunder Gold was renamed from "The Heisman" (after John Heisman, the first trophy winner) back to the beer style it is.  Finally the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald Porter which is named for the freighter that sunk in Lake Superior.  With all these history lessons, I wonder if Weeden remembers these things, because they all happened in his early 20's.

Let the battle begin!  Tag with #yardsbrew #greatlakesbrew, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night... drink to support your teams!

Hashtag Battles Week Eight!

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 (#greatlakes vs #21stamendment), 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 Eight- Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers (#greatlakes vs # 21stAmendment)
Cleveland Browns always have a soft spot in my heart.  Being a Broncos fan, we were the bane of their existence in the 80's then in the 90's the team was stolen away from them.  They constantly try to make the correct personel moves and finally have a all-star running back... that's on the cover of Madden 12, and sitting out multiple games this year.  Can the Browns ever catch a break?  The city of Cleveland has caught a break in Great Lakes Brewing Company.  This is a legendary brewery producing delicious beers (including their Christmas Ale seasonal and Edmund Fitzgerald porter winner of MANY awards) and only distributing to the Ohio River Valley region.  Having lived in the area and having friends still located there - I'm always quick to ask for a sampler pack to enjoy in NYC.  Can Great Lakes Brewing Company help out the Browns and combine to win this week's hashtag battle?
San Francisco 49ers are having a fantastic year.  On top of the lowly NFC West with more wins than the rest of the division combined(3-15) the 49ers are on top of the world and a firm handshake to prove it!  Even though nobody can name anyone on that team (Braylon Edwards? That small handed Smith guy?) the 49ers are 5-1 with a solid lead to make the playoffs (2/4 of NFC are already eliminated) and the winning ways of the 90's are back in San Fran.  Winning is nothing new to 21st Amendment.  Always producing quality beers in cans and smaller batches - these brews are always a treat to find.   With these two winners combining forces can the powerhouses create team chemistry and produce a winner?  Or are they the Philly Eagles?

Daily Beer Calendar March 25th - 31st

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Finishing strong in March... Be Sure to vote on the Second Annual Beer Friends Final 4 (BFF4)!

March 25th - Pig's Eye LeanPig's Eye Brewing Company, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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March 26th - Kingfisher Premium Lager

Kingfisher Brewing Company, Saratoga Springs, New York

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March 27th - 1554 Belgian Black Ale

New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado

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March 28th - Full Sail Amber

Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River, Oregon

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March 29th - Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

Lakefront Brewery Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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March 30th - Commodore Perry India Pale Ale

Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

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March 31st - Samuel Smith's India Ale

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery (Tadcaster), North Yorks, England

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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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