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Beer Review 84: Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale


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!


BFF4 - Brad and Paul Elite 8


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


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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How to Name Your Dinosaur Beer


Hello Beer Friends Nation! During our weekly beer reviews we have a lot of conversations that don't make the cut.  Most of which I pass right over... but this conversation was too brilliant to be held back from the world.   Just a little insight into the behind the scenes at the Beer Friends...


Beer Review 57: Cigar City Jai Alai


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today the Beer Friends travel south to Tampa, Florida for Cigar City Jai Alai IPA.  We've got a few hop heads in the group so we'll have to see what they think!  Cigar City takes this flagship beer and experiments in White Oak barrels, cedar, infused with Acai and Mango, Apricot, Blood Orange Creamsicle, Guava and many more.  Beer Friends took the simple approach and tried the flagship Jai Alai.  Acai!  Experimentation! Beer!