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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 8!

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 Eight -  Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (#RogueBeer vs #Founders)

These are two hard to figure teams of the NFL season so far.  The Detroit Lions coming off a playoff appearance and Seahawks starting a rookie midget - sorry... little person at QB.  But the Lions have been a disappointment and find themselves in the familiar confines of the NFC Norris Division basement and the Seahawks have done it with the help of Replacement Ref's... Let's see who's an actual pretender or contenter in this weeks Hashtag Battle!

The Seahawks have been a interesting story in the past few years.  They bring in Pete Carroll who hit the eject button before sanctions came down on USC, and Pete brings a surfboard regularly to practice in his fun loving "I'm a cool college coach" persona.  Result? A 5-11 season which would have placed them in the middle of the pack in the then "Pac 12".  But the next season they made the playoffs! ... As a 7-9 team.  Regardless of the record they played like they belonged and pulled an upset over the visiting (and defending Superbowl Champion) Saints.  Last season they finished with an identical 7-9 record, but the much improved NFC West passed them by and they finished in 3rd place.  This season they've benefited from the "Worst Call in NFL History"  (echo echo echo) and Golden Tate proved that his elbow could bend the other way for joint possession.  Since that call they've been 2-2 and Rookie QB Russel Wilson has been slinging it - throwing bombs against the Pats in New England paved the way for the upset (although if he through on a line he'd throw it into the lower back of his O-line).  They've got a mixed bag of games ahead and we'll see how Wilson fares for the rest of the season - as long as they have that camera directly above the field, or give him a stack of phonebooks to stand on.

Rogue Ales is a favorite of one Northwestern Beer Friend and very well liked by the others.  Shakespeare Stout on Nitro is a brew I'll never pass up and the John John series continues to produce excellent beers in a distillery/brewery collaboration.  Rogue is still legendary in the Beer Friends circle for the excellent Rogue Oysters Event at Blind Tiger and the Chipotle Ale has enough kick to make you feel like you're alive, right before you grab that glass of water.  With a percentage of proceeds going to the Oregon Coast Aquarium from a speciality brew series, what's not to love?

The Detroit Lions are back! In the basement... These badboys of the off-season set personal records for arrest, 7 total arrest by 4 players (I bet they'd kill for that record - don't get any ideas Lions players...) which caused the Lions management to crack down and attempt to control the team.  After a few successful weeks of police radio silence, the Lions are 2-4, and they blame their poor play on that: I would blame the house arrest ankle bracelets.  While the Detroit Tigers struggled in the regular season and made it to the playoffs, the Lions chances slip away with each week.  Upcoming they have a winnable games against the MJD-less Jags and the forever in re-building mode Colts, but still two games against an angry Packers squad and two of the last undefeated teams in the league in the Texans and Falcons.  With their current play, it looks like a longer off-season in which I'd advise Detroit area residents to lock your doors and hide your valuables.

Founders Brewing - nestled perfectly in the palm of the mitten, constantly provides delicious beers in every style and all year round - this is a can't miss.  From their year round offerings of Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Red's Rye PA and Porter - to the delicious seasonal's of Breakfast Stout, Nemesis, Devil Dancer, and even the hard to find beers like Old Curmudgeon's Better Half and the infamous CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) - they are all-stars.  Recently I found a Frangelic Mountain Brown ale brewed with Hazelnut Coffee - which sent me searching for basic brown recipes to add favored coffee to (in the brewing, not like a Arnold Palmer... Although...).  Granted, living in NYC we only see what they send nationally and I can only assume they've missed on one or two beers - but a fella can dream right?

Let the battle begin! Tag with #Surlybrewing or #Roguebeer, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

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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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 22, 2011

Graham

Hallelujah! The Apocalypse/Judgement Day/Coolest Party Ever has been averted! Well, maybe it wasn't ever going to happen in the first place, or maybe somebody out there prayed really hard...or the Big Guy upstairs didn't want to end the ingenuity of American Craft Brewing just yet.  You know, just when it was starting to get good. Tuesday, May 24 - Founders Takes the Taps @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Founders Brewery has quickly become one of New York City's favorite craft breweries.  Just yesterday I saw Founders Pale Ale at a Morton Williams.  And last week, their Rye was on sale at a local bodega.  They've caught on and they've caught quick.  Rattle n' Hum will be handing over control of their 40+ draught lines to the Grand Rapids brewery.  You can better believe that you will not be disappointed with what they'll be bringing.  Check out the list:

Pale Ale Centennial IPA Porter Double Trouble Cerise Dirty Bastard Reds Rye Old Curmudgeon Nemesis Backwoods Bastard Breakfast Stout Kentucky Breakfast Stout Black Biscuit Imperial Stout Kaiser Curmudgeon Canadian Breakfast Stout

Canadian Breakfast Stout is the Breakfast Stout aged in Maple Syrup barrels.  Holy Crap.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown Manhattan.

Tuesday, May 24 - So You Think You're A Beer Geek? @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Alright, just cause we at the beer friends speak fluent Malton and occasionally dress up as hop-nuggets doesn't make us beer geek's.  Actually spending our free time running a beer blog probably is what makes us beer geeks.  Well, it's time to be proud of who we are.  A newly minted beer bar titled TapRoom 307 in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan is throwing a unique event.  Their geekiest patrons will be bringing their rarest and best bottles of bought and home-brewed beer AND the owners will be uncorking their own favorite selections from their private bottle cellar.

All you have to do to join in the fun?  Bring your favorite rare, delicious or homemade bottled brew and $12 for a tasting glass.  Then get ready to sample the deliciousness that everyone else brought.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, Murray Hill, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25 - Bear Republic Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Bear Republic stands for much more than a brewery that brews fantastically hoppy brews out of California.  It stands for the growing brewing tradition in the nations most famous state.   Bear Republic brewery will be bringing their finest brews to the Blind Tiger Ale House this Wednesday.   Check out the list:

Cher Ami Heritage End 10 Carburetor Volks Bier El Oso Mai Bock Ryevalry Stick Ball Alt Racer 5 Red Rocket Hop Rod Rye

Sorry Freddy, no Crazy Ivan.  Maybe next time.  You should still go check it out though.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25 - Deers and Beers with Founders Brewery @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Now this is a man's man beer event.  We're talking beer out of the Michigan woods and animals killed in those woods.  With someones bare hands.  Yeah, I know.  Man's man.  Really though, Founder's hometown, Grand Rapids, isn't quite the woods and the venison is probably from upstate New York.  Regardless, Founders Beer + Venison = Straight Manliness.

Founder's will be bringing several great brews to the Double Windsor in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who in their honor will be serving up delicious venison based grub.  We're talking venison burgers, venison carpaccio, and homemade venison charcuterie.

The brews include the Nemesis Barley Wine, Curmudgeon Old Ae, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Red’s Rye PA, Centennial IPA, Porter and Pale Ale.

The Founder's Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of brewing the over the top flavors of Founders brew.  You might learn something.  That is if you can catch him in between bites of venison deliciousness.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West at 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 26 - Oysters and Captain Lawrence @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Hey Jimmy's No. 43, we here at the Beer Friends just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for starting and continuing, with such awesomeness, your oysters and brewery nights every week.  We love oysters and we love breweries.  We especially love brewery's with nautical themes.  Like Captain Lawrence (remember their domination in the Beer Friends Final Four?).  Thank you for hosting Captain Lawrence this Thursday and for pouring their staples and new/rare releases.  Thank you for combining their brews with oysters shucked by your ace-oyster-shucker Eddie Oyster.  We'll see ya there!  Thanks for having us.  In advance.   And thank you Captain Lawrence for brewing such fantastic beer.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street (downstairs) between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Saturday, May 28 - Sixpoint Presents the UEFA Champions League Final @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

We learned something new about Sixpoint that we never knew before:  they love European football.  We support that.  We also support the release of their most famous brews in cans, available for purchase all around the five boroughs.  The Spring Lounge (Little Italy's most famous and possibly only craft beer bar) is claiming that they will be one of the first bars in the city to release for consumption Sixpoint Bengali Tiger cans.   Do we believe them?  Ya know, even if they're not telling the truth you'll still get to drink a bunch of Sixpoint draught pours.  And watch a pretty awesome soccer match-up: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona.

I just don't see how that could end pourly.

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street, at the corner of Mulberry Street, NoLita, Manhattan.

Saturday, May 28 - Founders Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

This week's NYC Craft Beer events has a recurring theme if you haven't noticed:  Founder's.  I wanted to end this post by expressing the Beer Friends love for Founders Brewing Company.  Not in a weird way though.  Just in a way where we want to consume their brews at Rattle n' Hum, enjoy them with some Venison burgers at Double Windsor and finish the week off with some free tastings at GRAB Specialty Foods in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  They'll be pouring a secret selection of Founders at the store this Saturday.  To be honest, they can keep it secret until the event is over and we'd still be happy.  Their beer tastes that awesome.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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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