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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 10!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Ten -  New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (#riverhorsebeer vs #redhookbeer)

Hashtag Battles goes coast to coast as a AFC East media darling meets a NFC West media darling.  The Jets make headline not for their play, but for their refusal to play certain "savior like" backup QB's.  The Seahawks make headlines for their play, which is as inconsistant as a meteorologist these days. As the second half of the hashtag battle season begins - let's see who'll be making headlines for the right reasons in the second half!

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 Ten -  New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (#riverhorsebeer vs #redhookbeer)

As an emerging media outlet, we at The Beer Friends feel the need to talk about the Jets.  Even in the wake of a Hurricane up the East Coast and a hotly contested Presidential election, Rex Ryan is still getting airtime, defending himself as "The Most Overrated Coach" in a Sporting News poll.  However, instead of enlisting Karl Rove, Rex laughed off the criticism and went back to what he does best: avoiding Tim Tebow playing time questions.  The Jets are 3-5 and 3rd in the AFC East.  With the Pats safe at the top and the Dolphins surging, the Jets need to win and get a little help.  What they don't need is Cromartie claiming the Jets will make the playoffs - but this team has gotten hot before and (technically) Sanchez has led them to AFC Championship games before.  With the second half of the season starting, the Jets need a hot streak and with games against a few contenders (Seattle, New England, San Diego) and a few that are watching college football for future teammates (Jacksonville, Tennessee, Buffalo) we'll see if they can put up or shut up - but who are we kidding?  We know they'll never do the latter.

River Horse Brewing Company is from Lambertville, New Jersey...which is about the same distance to Met Life as NYC, so they jump into the mix!  River Horse is also a delicious brewery that has gotten the Beer Friends' attention more than once in these 2.5 years of reviews.  Although this is a Belgian influenced brewery, even Phil tends to enjoy these brews.  With a hippo on the label and big flavor inside, Hop-O-Lot-Amus 2xIPA and Hop Hazard are available year round and Hipp-O-Lantern and Belgian Freeze are seasonals worth waiting for.

The last time we saw the Seattle Seahawks on hashtag battles, they fought against the Detroit Lions in a close 28-24 match.  That was the Seahawks' first loss outside their division... and they are 5-4.  This is not shaping up well for the end of the year come playoff time if tiebreakers are needed for the Seahawks.  Currently, they are 2nd in the NFC West but 0-3 in the division - but the good news is it's the second half.  And the bad news? They could go 0-6.  However, that drama will have to play out way down the line as the Seahawks finish their divisional schedule in the last month of the season.  Currently, the Seahawks have two corners that talk big and play bigger.  These corners are a huge reason (along with a relentless pass rush) that the Seahawks are ranked 7th in Pass Defense - which only improves the play of the offense in practice, although with the bombs that R Wilson throws, I'd imagine 7 on 7 drills look more like games of 500.

Redhook Brewery comes from Washington but covers the East Coast with a brewery in Portsmouth, NH. They have traditional styles like a ESB, Wit, Pilsner, and Longhammer IPA - but the flavors are anything but traditional. On-air, the IPA has been described as having an "ice tea airiness" and behind the scenes, the Wit has been called delicious. With an innovative bottle design that jumps off the shelves, expect more on-air reviews and behind the scenes drinking.

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

Beer Review 112: River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus 2xIPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we visit the garden (state that is) for River Horse Brewing Company from Lambertville, New Jersey.  River Horse produces great beer and most Beer Friends favorite episode to date.  We also visited River Horse during the spring and fall seasons, so now it's their Double IPA to satisfy the resident hop-heads in the group.

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Beer Review 89: River Horse Hipp O Lantern Imperial Pumpkin

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week concludes our Pumpkin beer reviews for 2011.  Much like that rotting pumpkin outside your doorstep - the pumpkin beer season has come and gone for the Beer Friends and we are looking forward to the Winter seasonal beers on deck.  We had some crazy beers, some brand new this year beers, and even a first time (for us) Pumpkin Stout!  This week we reviewed River Horse Hipp O Lantern - and now with our expert Pumpkin beer palates we rate it against the past.  River Horse has faired well in the past (and who could forget) so now we're to their Hippo theme Pumpkin beer Hipp O Lantern.  Find it yourself and add your review to the comments at the bottom!  Pumpkin!  Lambertville!  Beer Friends Interaction!

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Hashtag Battles Week Six!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season 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 (#stone vs #newbelgium), 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. And because football needs beer, we're starting on Saturday morning to include the brews consumed during College Football Saturdays. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Hashtag Battle Week Five Matchup: Buffalo vs NY Giants (#southerntier vs #riverhorse) 

Buffalo is the Darling of the NFL.  A great storyline with victories then a slight hiccup in week 4 but back on track in week 5 against the "Dream Team" (currently the 1-4 Eagles).  With the Jets struggling and currently owning the Tie-Breaker against the Patriots, can the Bills hold on to compete in the AFC East and turn the clock back to the 90's?  Thurman Thomas where are you?!?!  Southern Tier is a big brewery producing quality brews.  In fact they are bring their quality brews down to the Pony Bar later in October.  Southern Tier is on the rise and the Buffalo Bills are on the rise again - all this sunshine might be enough to melt some of that year round snow in Upstate New York!

The Giants are always a question mark.  Living in New York you can never get the real story on ANYTHING going on with the teams.  A first week lost to NFC rival Washington and everyone is questioning Eli, three straight wins and "The Giants are going to the Superbowl!" and a loss (at home) to Seattle and Tom Coughlin has to go.  While the Giants and their media might be slightly bi-polar, the brewing at River Horse continues to impress.  River Horse has constantly impressed with the Beer Friends and helped us produce one of our favorite reviews ever.  Even recently the Beer Friends found a Hipp-O-Lantern aged in a Bourbon barrel that was dynamite! Maybe River Horse can up production, hand a few to the coaching staff and NY media and everyone can have a good time, until they lose again and then heads will roll...

 

Craft Beer Week Pre-Game at The Stag's Head

Brad

Oh man, Craft Beer Week is approaching - and the Beer Friends were emailing back and forth all day about the possibilities. Questions arose: should we feature events? Should we suggest our favorites? Should we branch out and individually go to events? Should we quit our jobs, hit every event and find out happens when we wake up (hungover) in ten days. Answers will follow but for now... pregame! Brad's 1 - Sixpoint Mad Scientist #5: while waiting for Phil I jumped on the Sixpoint Mad Scientist series - a bit belgian-y and I can't figure out all the flavors... Click the comment box below and share your thoughts if you've had it!

Phil 1 - holy crap! If you're looking to find fall in a glass go out and find Riverhorse's Hippolantern. Ridiculously delicious, tastes as close to a delicious pumpkin pie as I've ever had. Starting with a a solid pumpkin ale then aged in bourbon casks with vanilla beans makes this the one to beat for the season.

Brad 2 - The River Horse Hippolantern aged in Bourbon barrels with Vanilla beans - unbelievably smooth and like pumpkin pie in a glass - no lingering taste which makes me look at the glass to make sure I actually drank some.

Phil 2 - River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus I live this one. Really continues the excellent showing from River Horse this evening. A good and solid hoppy presence, with a slight back end balance of malts. Love it.

Brad 3 - River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus is a delicious and a great IPA. This IPA also happens to be the favorite (label?) of a fellow beer blogger (read: Brew York, New York)

Phil 3 - Special Lager - pretty solid Lager. Good balance between malts and hops. That's about it, and good.

Brad 4 - Hippolantern on draft - really awesome to be able to try both varieties of the Hippolantern at this event. Hippolantern on draft is more biting but I feel that has a lot to do with the Bourbon barrel aging (cask vs draft aside). The cask was much smoother but both are delicious. Another can't go wrong from River Horse.

Phil 4 - Hipp-O-Lantern on draft, and yea I spelled it right, sorry Brad. Still a fantastic pumpkin ale, well spiced and balanced. I still prefer the cask version, but this is great for the mass appeal draft offering.

Brad 5: Phil's a jerk - this ain't a spelling bee - it's live blogging! River Horse Double Wit has a nice belgian taste and enjoyable as a last drink. Good night NYC!

Phil 5: Special Ale again.....my bad.

Beer Review 80: River Horse Farmhouse Saison

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey pretty hard and we figured we'd show some love to the Garden State.  In this week's Beer Events we encourage you to try a new brewery - Kane Brewery in Arlington at the Copper Mine Pub in New Jersey.  Barcade Jersey City is always a good time and we've certainly enjoyed ourselves at the Iron Monkey in Jersey City.  This weeks SPotW returns to Lambertville and River Horse's Brewmaster Reserve Farmhouse Saison.  We've tasted River Horse before in what turned out to be a crazy review... lets see what (if any) shenanigans we get into this time... Jersey!  Fist Pumping! Local Brews!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 15, 2011

Graham

I woke up this morning with great expectations.  The sun was shining, a warm summer breeze blowing through the air, the smell of blossoming plants and then I opened my eyes.  Rain.  Thunder.  Fog.  And it was cold.  And it will be happening all week long.  Then I looked at the list of craft beer events happening this week.  The clouds parted, the sun came back out and the annoying spitting from the dense fog that engulfed the city transformed into a soft mist reminiscent of the Irish countryside.  Yea, craft beer has that affect on me. Tuesday, May 17 - Empire Brewing Company Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Imagine you were taking a boat trip down the Erie Canal (10 points if you know where the Erie Canal is) rafting through the port towns of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and you wanted a beer.  The obvious choice is Empire Brewing Company.  Started in Syracuse and at

times brewing in Buffalo and Rochester it is Western New York's favorite brewery.  They'll be bringing an impressive selection of their brews (which are all impressive) to Rattle n' Hum this Tuesday.    Check out this list of brews:

Empire Brown Ale Empire Wheat Wine Empire IPA (Falconers Flight) Empire Maple Porter

Empire State Pale Ale Deep Purple 2010 Barley Wine 2009 Barley Wine Aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Empire Light Lager Empire Amber Ale Empire Cream Ale White Aphro Black magic Stout

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

Wednesday, May 18 - Great Brewers Beer Tasting @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:

Great Brewers is a group that represents some of the greatest brewers internationally and in the US.  Their draughts are most easily recognized by the light wood tap handles with the Great Brewers seal.  When you get a pour from one of those tap handles, you know you're getting something good.  Green Port (Long Island), Ballast Point (California), Hitachino (from Hong Kong), Schekerla (Germany) and La Rulles (Belgium).  After all nothing is more international than Long Island.  Here's the list:

Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter, Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale, Greenport Harbor Canard Noir, Greenport Harbor Ahtamaic IPA, Greenport Harbor Rye Saison Cask, Ballast Point Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Ballast Point Abandoned Ship, Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, Hitachino Ginger, Schekerla Smoked Lager and La Rulles Triple.

George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83th and 84th streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 18 - Victory Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Some would say napalm in the morning smells like victory.  We say hops anytime smells like victory.  And Victory. The winningest brewing company ever will be visiting the Double Windsor in Brooklyn this Wednesday.  And they'll be helping you achieve victory with some of their best brews:

Hop Wallop Imperial IPA Hop Devil IPA Yakima Glory Black IPA Headwaters Pale Ale Whirlwind Wit St. Boisterous Hellerbock St. Victorious Dopplebock Braumeister Pils Donnybrook Stout

All for $5 and the first person to bring the bartender a bag of Milano cookies gets a free pint.  Milano's = victory.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, May 18 - Oregon Beer Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Beer president of America?  Colorado.  Beer vice president of America?  Oregon.  Oregon, the state, with the help of its best breweries will be showcasing its history of brewing tradition.  Join Rogue, Elysian, Full Sail and Dick's at the Stag's Head to celebrate all things Oregon.  Well, mostly just the beer.  And Phil.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Thursday, May 19 - River Horse Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we try to be equal-opportunity when it comes to the neighborhoods, counties and states in the New York City metropolitan area.  Certain places get a bad rap with the rest of the world - Murray Hill, Staten Island and Jersey.  Well, River Horse is working to redeem New Jersey's image with the beer world and they're doing a damn good job at it.  They'll be taking over the taps at Bierkraft this Thursday.  The full list has yet to be released but we expect it to be pretty refreshingly gnarly.  Jersey totally just jumped Staten Island in the rankings.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Saturday, May 21 - Sixpoint Brewery and Tacos El Bronco @ Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Alright, I know we've made several claims regarding the best food to eat while consuming craft brew, but it's been decided:  Tacos.  The famed Brooklyn taco truck - Tacos El Bronco (as in served from a Ford Bronco) will be making a point to prove their case when it comes to food/beer pairing.  They will be bringing the best tacos in Brooklyn out to Sycamore and Sixpoint Craft Ales will be pouring their namesake and seasonal brews.  I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Literally.  Top of the "Ways to Spend a Saturday Afternoon List."

Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster Road and East 11th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22 - Maine Beer Weekend @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Maine is the unsung hero of East Coast craft beer.  One of the least populated states on the east coast with most of the population hugging the Atlantic Maine's craft beer is full of fisherman culture and grit.  Malty, full-bodied brews that shine nicely in the noon-day sun next to a pile of steamers on the beach.  IPA's that are hopped to the teeth that pair perfectly with the days deep-water catch.  Stouts that are roasted to perfection packed to the gills with body that a master of the ocean would consume during a rugged winter night filled with crab fishing.

The Pony Bar shares our sentimental views of Maine, seafood and beer and they are throwing the 3rd Annual Maine Beer Weekend.  Belgian brews straight from Allagash, fishermen's straight from Shipyard and Seadog and malty, woodsy brews from Geary's will fill the draught board and the cask lines.  Fresh seafood shipped in straight from Maine will be cooked up by the gastropub culinary geniuses behind Pony's usual menu - we're talking lobster rolls, scallop sliders and fried oysters.

There's even a hint that some super-special brews will be on tap but cannot be mentioned due to legal reasons.

I like that.  A lot.

See you this weekend!

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest Corner of 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.