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Beer Review 127: Founders Devil Dancer

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we went back to an old format that works well, we: 1.)reviewed a Founders brew and 2.)had our friend Greg Avola join us.  Founders Brewing Co. has been a favorite of ours (why do I feel like I write that about every brewery every week?) and we've gone to great lengths - like many of us have - to find some of their rare beers (CBS anyone?).  We reviewed them many times - see the list after the video - and had the famed Brew York, New York review Founders Porter with us.  Now it's Untappd's turn... apparently we only offer the best for our guest.  Warning: This video is a bit longer because at 12% ABV and 112 IBU's, there is no way we could review this in anywhere close to 5 minutes... enjoy!

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Other Founder's Brewing Co. Reviews:

Porter - Dry-Hopped Pale Ale - Backwoods Bastard - Red Rye PA - Breakfast Stout - Nemesis - Old Curmudgeons Better Half

Beer Review 104: Founder's Old Curmudgeon Better Half

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week the Beer Friends found a little rare beer from Founders Brewing out of Michigan.  Old Curmudgeon Better Half features the Old Curmudgeon (Old Ale) aged in whiskey barrels then aged in maple syrup barrels to create a very complex brew.  This is a similar (if not the exact same) process the now in-famous Breakfast Stout -> Kentucky Breakfast Stout (whiskey barrel aged) -> Canadian Breakfast Stout (whiskey THEN maple barrels).  Both of these beers are delicious and when ever a Beer Friend finds CBS he puts out the BF signal (mostly just a text) and we all come running.  However, CBS is so last year... Old Curmudgeon's Better Half is the new black and we are all in.  Check out our other Founders Reviews below the video - enjoy (we did!) Rare Beer!  Beer is the new Black! Founders!

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Founders Reviews: Breakfast Stout - Nemesis - Backwoods Bastard - Red Rye PA - Porter - Dry Hopped Pale Ale

Beer Review 85: Founders Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we return to Founders to continue reviewing their excellent line of delicious brews.  This week it's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale which is a aggressively hopped pale ale much like Dale's Pale Ale but with a different flavor.  This week we are also introducing the Beer Friends Home Game - grab one of the beers we're reviewing and drink it and post your thoughts below... want extra credit?  Grab Dale's Pale Ale and make a comparison review.  Founders!  Grand Rapids!  Home Game!

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Beer Review 71: Cider Comparison

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today the Beer Friends tried out a few Hard Apple Cider's in response to last weeks Hard Apple Cider event.  We may know beer, but (honestly) know very little about ciders.  We grabbed bottles of Doc's Draft Hard Cider and J.K. Scrumpy's Hard Cider to compare and see how we liked them.

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Beer Review 59: Founders Red Rye PA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We are down to the final two.  The Second Annual Beer Friends Final Four Tournament is coming to a close.  While Cape Cod Beer Red and Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale are delicious beers, this week we visit another Final Four brewery, Founders [twitter] - from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Founders has always impressed the Beer Friends, not once, not twice, but thrice!  So let's see if they bring their A-game with Red's Rye PA.  Enjoy!  Vote here! Watch below! Beer!

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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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Beer Review 48: Founders Backwoods Bastard

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! For today's Six Pack of the Week we take a trip to the woods and find Founders Backwoods Bastard.  Founders is a brewery from Grand Rapids, Michigan that has been quite the hit with the Beer Friends, we've reviewed Breakfast Stout, Nemesis, and enjoyed the Founders Porter at our Holiday Party.  Backwoods Bastard is their Dirty Bastard aged in Oak Bourbon barrels, bringing to mind Brooklyn Brewery's barrel series including Dark Matter and Black Ops.

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New York City Good Beer Month: Rattle n' Hum Cool Sh#t Review

Graham

Yesterday afternoon a couple of The Beer Friends made their way over to Rattle n' Hum (33rd st. just East of 5th ave) for their "Cool Sh#t Event."  This event featured four very unique and eccentric breweries from some unexpected places.  Unibroue and Dieu Du Ciel hail from Canada, Jolly Pumpkin is out of Michigan(correction), USA and Nogne O (pronounced Nog) comes all the way from Norway. The brews were very surprising and unique.  Read on to find out what we had and what we thought of the beers and the event itself!

Graham's Brews

Nogne O IPA

It tastes like this brew is appropriately hopped but as soon as they show up at the front they are dominated by an extremely malty, resinous flavor. Very interesting brew that will leave you thinking about how the Vikings must have felt as they imbibed it on their way to sack some poor English village.

Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga

Rugged. It's hard to describe this beer beyond that. Malts are there and they give it a rugged Michigan flavor. However, it stays refreshing and drinkable throughout. Don't want to forget the tartness that stays with you and gives it that extra ruggedness. Like the Minnesota wilderness.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Woah. This brew is like getting beat up by three different Belgian dudes who are carrying three different items: cocoa, ripe fruit and roasted malts. They come in quick, rough you up and run away fast. It finishes that quickly leaving you wondering what just happened, how much you enjoyed it (sicko) and where you can get more.

Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel

Strong coffee malts give this beer a great dark color and flavor. The surprise comes at the end with a lingering sweetness that is very refreshing and peachy.

Nogne O Sunturnbrew

This is a sweet smoked barleywine where the sweetness is not overpowering due to it's fruity nature. The fruit resembles a date or a plum and it is an enjoyable way to mask the 11% abv.  The taste stays with you well after your first sip and it really makes you feel like celebrating like a Viking after the raid on that poor English village.

Brad's Take

Watching World Cup - awesome Tilapia lunch special and now onto the beers...

Nogne Saison - 1st Taste - pretty bland Saison - not terribly spicy doesn't mean bad but certainly doesn't celebrate Spring after the long months of Winter.

Nogne #100 - 2nd - listed as a American Imperial IPA but the first taste make it seem like a porter or stout, upon further review it smooths out but still doesn't have the hoppy kick of a typical IPA.

Nogne Porter - 3rd - hints of Chocolate dominate the aftertaste of this well balanced Porter.  Although we went for the 4 oz flights- I could definitely drink a full pint of this.

Dieu Du Ciel - Aphrodite - 4th - this beer takes me back to my childhood, not the Coors Light my mother used to pack in my lunchbox (I love you mom!) - but the nestle quik chocolate milk powder I used to drop in the Tupperware cup afterschool.  Very smooth and no hint of the 6.5 ABV.