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BFF4 Round 4: #elite8

Beerfriend Paul

After a bit of a hiatus, we are back to finish the 2013 Beer Friends Final 4! We have 3 rounds left to go, this round will decide which beer wins each region and moves on to the Final Four!

If you need some help deciding you can click on the links to each video for our “expert” opinion. If you’d like to tell us why one of these beers should win over the other you can tweet us @thebeerfriends or find us on Facebook. it won’t help that beer win any but we’ll enjoy it.

EAST REGION

#1 vs #2

In a craft beer culture that is still very hop heavy, this final match up in the East Region we have two brews that are famous for something other than hops..  Cigar City Maduro Brown is a "Northern English style Brown Ale" that is very malt heavy creating a very deep complex brown ale that brings a sweet subtle flavor to a deep dark beer.  Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce comes from Yards Brewing Company and brings the great history of American brewing to present day. Made from an old recipe by Ben Franklin, this brew brings the style of a spruce ale to present day while preserving the history of our forefather's brewing style.

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MIDWEST

#1 vs #10

After facing brews from Founder's in every round of this tournament so far, Left Hand Milk Stout faces its biggest challenge yet.   Founder's Curmudgeon's Better Half Brings the flavor of Founder's Curmudgeon and adds the innovation of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout.  Aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, Curmudgeon's Better Half adds a boozy sweetness to this already delicious Old Ale, it's a big beer with a big flavor. The question is will it be enough for Founder's Brewing to finally overthrow Left Hand's Milk Stout?

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WEST REGION

#1 vs #6

This match up has come down to two brews that are famous for their similarities, hops and cans.  However, what sets them apart will surely be where you cast your vote.  First we have Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale which brings a nice 6.5 abv with its 65 IBU's, this brew brings a strong hop flavor to this dangerously drinkable pale ale.  On the other side of this bracket we have 21st Amendment Bitter American.  With it's 4.4 abv and 42 IBU's 21st Amendment brings a brew that is mellow in comparison but doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor.  Will the popular hoppy pale ale take this round, or will the tasty session ale be the one to move on?

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NY/CA REGION

#4 vs #10

This is the battle of fresh hops vs wet hops! The concept of fresh/wet hops is similar, but there is a difference; there is a great explanation of it on Sierra Nevada's website. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011) brings us fresh hops from New Zealand.  Basic run down of fresh hops (if you don't know) is the hops are picked, then dried, and then put into the brew within 7 days. Sixpoint Autumnation brings the wet hops which are hops that are undried, in their natural form, and put into the brew within 24 hours. Which of these hopping styles will be victorious and lead their brew to the #final4?

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BFF4 Round 2: East & Midwest

Beerfriend Paul

This week we know what teams have advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament we move on to our second round in our Beer Madness 2013.  Congratulations to to Michigan, Syracuse, Wichita State, and Louisville for making it to the Final Four.  We here at the Beer Friends would like to wish Kevin Ware a speedy recovery, it was reported yesterday that he was up and walking around on crutches which is great news after his injury this past weekend. Now, on to the beer!

East #1 vs #9

Flying Dog Gonzo Porter came out of a tough match up to face Cigar City Maduro Brown.  These two darker beers come from the maltier side of beer, will the fantastic oatmeal brown ale from Tampa be able to hold off the delicious Porter from Frederick?

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East #5 vs #13

An interesting match up here with the double bock Troeg's Troegenator goes up agaist the pale ale from lambertville River Horse Hop Hazard.

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East #3 vs #11

The incredibly underrated Victory Hop Devil comes through as an 11 seed to take on the strong (in taste and strength) Dogfish Head Festina Peche.  Will this IPA have enough to take down one of the premier Sour beers?

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East #2 vs #7

Yards Brewing Company extends its stay in the tournament with Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce and goes up against the established Smuttynose IPA.  Spruce ales have interested the beer friends this past year with 2 of them brewing their own versions of the O Tannenbock Spruce by Brooklyn Brew Shop, but will that be enough to get past the classic IPA from New England.

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Midwest #1 vs #9

Left Hand Milk Stout is always a favorite around the beer friends but will the sweet stout have enough to get past the Dark, Rich, and Sexy Founders Porter?

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Midwest #5 vs #13

This is the first match up between beers by the same brewery.  Founder's Red's Rye PA is a fantastic rye ale that is a go to six pack for this particular beer friend but the question is, does it have what it takes to stand up to the incredibly popular triple IPA Founder's Devil Dancer?

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Midwest #3 vs #6

This match up pits the wet hopped Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA against Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale in this battle of brewing styles and hops.

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Midwest #2 vs #10

This match up puts the incredibly popular Two Brothers Cane and Ebel up against the incredibly rare Founders Old Curmudgeon's Better Half.  Both beverages are fantastic but for very different reasons.

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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!