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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 113: New Belgium Fat Tire

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today is the third in the series of the New Belgium Reviews (Dig - Belgo).  New Belgium has recently announced a new $175 million dollar brewery in Asheville, NC and the Beer Friends are terribly excited about it - so we decided to find and review some of their brews to get the East Coast (mainly New England and NYC Area) ready!  Fat Tire is certainly the most popular brew from New Belgium and the name was inspired from the "fat tires" on the mountain bike that the founder Jeff Lebesch rode through European village on his career-inspiring beer tour.  History!  Colorado Beer Tour!  Expansion for Delicious Beer!

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Beer Review 111: "Can" You Taste the Difference? Sierra Nevada Torpedo

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Fresh off (recovering) our Live Blog of Idle Hands Sierra Nevada Night we have this review and blind taste test of Sierra Nevada Torpedo.  Now Torpedo was the first beer we reviewed and just recently they followed the latest trend in craft beer... canning craft beers.  In this review we revisit Sierra Nevada Torpedo and give a rating based on the canned version along with a discussion of the pros and cons of canning beers.  This is a little longer video - but a two parter!  Consider this part of our "Ken Burns" series of reviews.  Cans!  Nostalgia!  Famous Documentarians!

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Beer Review 103: Two Brothers Cane and Ebel

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week's six pack of the week (SPotW) comes from Warrensville, Illinois and (like most sports fans) feel the need to take some shots at the Chicago sports community - we apologize in advance.  Warrensville has Two Brothers Brewing which has produced some fantastic stuff for 15 years and is following the latest craft beer trend and putting their stuff in cans.  We've had some stuff from Two Brothers before and it didn't hit it out of the park, but we've never met a beer we wouldn't drink so we'll try them again...

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Other Beer Friend Reviewed Rye Beers: Sixpoint Righteous Ale - Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye - Founders Red Rye PA

Beer Review 101: Empire Strong Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Over the hump... 101.  Feels good.  Idle Hands in Alphabet City NYC does some great events - one happened a few weeks ago was one to remember.  Empire Brewing came in and swept 3/4 Beer Friends away (1/4 of the Beer Friends couldn't make it - otherwise they would've been batting a thousand).  Two staples you can find of Empire Brewing are their Cream Ale and the IPA, but we became resourceful and got our hands on a growler of Strong Ale.  The beer is delicious, the events are great and we'll buy you a pint if you spot us there!  Beer Events!  101! Drink Local!

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Beer Review 100: Sixpoint Diesel

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! "I'd like to thank my friends and family, those that supported me in low times, thank you Gigi, my little girls watching at home and most of all the academy, thank you!"  It needs a little work, but we had barely any time to work on it (or about 100 weeks...)  We made it.  100 reviews.  100 videos of a "bunch of boring dudes drinking beer on camera."  This week we return to one of our favorite breweries - Sixpoint from Redhook, Brooklyn.  The Beer Friends have always been huge fans of Sixpoint and it was like Christmas when we could get their stuff in cans.  We quickly ran out and reviewed our favorites, our new favorites, newer beers to Sixpoint, old standby's, and their first seasonal.  Now this Black IPA/Stout mix - Diesel comes along and confuses some people on it's exact style and admittingly the Beer Friends were confused as well - until we went to the source and sought out the truth.  Thanks to all the viewers out there who caught us for the first 100, and keep watching for the second 100!

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Beer Review 98: Sam Adams Winter Lager

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Instead of a cheesy clip show, Beer Friends decided to go way back and show our roots.  This is a shorter video because, besides the fact that we don't really know what we're doing - and we didn't give number ratings (we didn't even yell Beer Friends!).  As we journey closer to Beer Review 100, take a look back at our 2009 review of Sam Adams Winter Lager.  Check out Sam Adams Latitude 48, Coastal Wheat reviews as we moved on and got a little bit better.

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Beer Review 97: Harpoon Winter Warmer

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Another blast from the past this week as we drink and review Harpoon's Winter Warmer.  Look how young and green we look!  This was taken in 2009 and - as the video shows... we didn't really know what we were doing.  As we creep closer to 100 Reviews we'll take a look back at our modest beginnings.

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Beer Review 96: Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Happy New Year! With the Holiday season upon us we've been reviewing holiday ales, but schedules have also been switched up.  This we we travel way back to the vault and post a review of Dogfish Head's Burton Baton.  Dogfish Head has been known for big favors and their ancient series (which we very much enjoy), along with some interesting light beers and works well with others.  That's quite the resume.  This week we travel back to last summer... and tried Burton Baton, a English style ale mixed with a Imperial IPA to equal a nice 10% ABV.  In the meantime we've been making list of New Years resolutions: drink good beer, hit good events, check out The Beer Friends daily, and... well... what else do you need?  Beer!  Friends!  Resolutions!

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Beer Review 95: Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we tried the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale, which is Lagunitas apology for not being able to brew the Brown Sugga Winter Seasonal.  We missed a week because our studio had the week off, but this is the second in our holiday beer series.  Although late to the table, you'll be able to find these beers for a while still, so watch and then crack open one for yourself and enjoy!

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Beer Review 94: Shipyard Prelude Special Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! A special thanks out to the few of you that watched our very first live beer review on our Justin.tv channel.  We're still not used to the live (internet) tv thing and a few of us might have acted unprofessional (sorry I broke the seal too early).  Check out our Justin.tv channel for the unedited versions of a few reviews while we were working the kinks out.  The beer was from Portland, Maine's Shipyard Brewery which is probably most famous for their pumpkin brew "Pumpkinhead" and now the Prelude is popping up, labeled as the perfect "winter warmer".  Live Reviews!  First Winter Warmer!  Portland... Maine!

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