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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.



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Beer Review 90: Rogue John John Ale


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we traveled back to the Northwest for Rogue Breweries John John Ale.  Rogue has a few solid beers - Shakespeare Stout and Dead Guy Ale, and they've gotten into the practice of aging these brews in different liquor barrels and finding out (enjoyably) what they taste like after a few months.  The John John Ale that the Beer Friends got their hands on this week was their Hazelnut Brown Nectar aged in hazelnut Rum barrels and created a unique taste.  Like every week, find the bottle, enjoy while watching and leave a comment or two below!  Barrel aging!  Northwest!  Beer creativity!


Live Blog of Oregon Beers night at The Stag's Head

Phil Foleen

As a peace offering to the West Coast, The Stag Head has graciously hosted an Oregon Beers night here in NYC! At least one of us is SUPER excited for the possibilities, let's see what we have in store from Rogue, Dick's and Elysian Breweries: Phil's 1st - Elysian Men's Room Red: a good staple kind of red ale. A little coppery on the aftertaste, but was an excellent way to start the evening, a good malty ending helps bring the flavor forward.

Brad's 1st - Elysian Jasmine IPA: This was a bit of a surprise because I was expecting a more flowery hop because of the name (I'm a native male). This brew was good but could've been better... However I've had other Elysian stuff so I'm looking forward to more.

Phil's 2nd - Dick's Danger Ale: a good choice for the second round. A good showing from he malts involved, but I missed the hops that were supposed to round out the taste. The feel was a little on the thin side, but definitely worth a try.

Brad's 2nd - Full Sail IPA: a decent IPA, although I enjoy a hoppier IPA. When your favorite IPA's are Bengali Tiger and Pale Ale is Dale's a lighter hopped IPA just doesn't do it... The thrill is gone.

Phil's 3rd - Full Sail LTD 05: I had high hopes for this one, and it came close to my hopes and dreams. A good middle range ale, gets a little bread-y I'd you let it get warm. Maybe good for a first round, but I think better could be found.

Brad's 3rd - Elysian Immortal IPA: This is cheating but I've had this beer before and I really like it. It's a hoppier IPA (see above) and that's the way, ug huh ug huh I like it!

Beer Review 60.5: Red Hook Long Hammer IPA Ballpark Review


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Baseball!  This week the Beer Friends go on location and review Red Hook Long Hammer IPA from Citi Field, home of the Amazing Mets! (Although this Beer Friends was cheering for the Colorado Rockies!)  We all enjoyed the selection from the Big Apple Brews bar located behind the center field scoreboard AND on the 500 level behind Home Plate.  Great selection including Kona Brewing, Redhook, Goose Island and about 15 others - with a Blue Smoke and Shake Shack, Citi Field might be the perfect place to watch a game, if only we could do something about the home team...


Daily Beer Calendar March 25th - 31st


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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Daily Beer Calendar March 9th - 16th


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Beware the Ides of March... and fill out our Daily Beer Calendar!

March 9th - XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Barley Wine Ale

Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

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March 10th - Upslope Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado

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March 11th - Mana Wheat

Maui Brewing Company, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

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March 12th - Pinkus Organic Jubilate

Brewery Pinkus Mueller, Munich, Germany

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March 13th - Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale

Koningshoeven Brewery, Tilburg, The Netherlands

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March 14th - Carlsberg Premium Beer

Carlsburg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark

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March 15th - Grandsun of Spot India Pale Ale

Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River, Oregon

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March 16th - Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware

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Daily Beer Calendar Feb 14th-20th


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Nothing says love more than ignoring that girlfriend/boyfriend and going online to to vote on some beers!  This week we (again) travel all over for a variety of styles!  Beer!  Democracy! February 14th - Sapporo Reserve Remember the last time you went to that half off sushi joint, sake bombs and a Sapporo chaser?  Don't be mistaken... this ain't the same beer - this one has Reserve on the Label...

Sapporo Reserve

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February 15th - Newcastle Brown Ale

Unlike Sapporo Reserve, Newcastle Brown Ale is a easy to find beer - but unlike the Bud's and Coors Lights - this beer is worth a try.  From Newcastle Federation Breweries Ltd. in Dunston, England this brew is legendary so we hope voting numbers are high on this one. (With a awesome website if I do say so myself...)

Newcastle Brown Ale

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February 16th - Allagash White Ale

From Japan to Enlgand to Portland, Maine for a Belgian beer from Allagash Brewing Company.  Allagash sticks to what they do best, which is Belgian brews and we thank them for that...

Allagash White Ale

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February 17th - Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

Like Newcastle Brown Ale, Young's Luxury Chocolate Stout can be found in the states in multiple places.  From the Wells & Young Brewing Company Ltd. in Bedford, England this Chocolate Stout is world famous for it's use of real chocolate in the brewing process.  This probably should've been the February 14th Beer of the Day... right ladies?

Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

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February 18th - Schlafly Kolsch

Schlafly Kolsch comes from The Saint Louis Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri

Schlafly Kolsch

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February 19th - Drifter Pale Ale

Drifter Pale Ale comes from Portland, Oregon from the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

Drifter Pale Ale

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February 20th - Stoudts American Pale Ale

Doubling up on the Pale Ale's, today's Beer of the Day is from Stoudts Brewing Company from Adamstown, Pennsylvania.  The Beer Friends have reviewed some products from Stoudts, their American Pale Ale is their most popular beer for ten years running.

American Pale Ale

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