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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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Hashtag Battles Week Four!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using 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 (#sixpoint vs #yardsbrew), 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 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 Four - New England vs Oakland (#samadams vs #sierranevada)

This is a big one.  The two giants of the Craft beer industry duking it out head to head.

The Pats are loaded, much like the hops in a Sam Adams.   The Pats seem like they could go the distance, unless they played Buffalo sixteen times and then they would only win the first half battles (with a score of 336-0) and end up falling in each one.  Although the Beer Friends have to take the blame a little bit here... Ocho Cinco MUST have been participating in our hashtag battles on gameday - otherwise how could he have dropped that perfectly placed TD pass from Golden Boy Brady?  Sam Adams is credited as lifting the craft beer scene onto the main stage.  The constant commercials comparing piles of hops (like that means anything to anyone) puts Sam Adams in everyones mind - if only the geniuses could get the Golden Boy to drink one - the ultimate commerical...

The Raiders are constantly on a up and down path.  One season they are up - then Al Davis gets involved and the next season they are down.  Last year they were 6-0 in the AFC West, but ended up 2-8 against the rest of the NFL - however the team was playing good football with little to no talent.  In steps Al Davis, fires the head coach and calls Jason Campbell the next Jim Plunkett (yes, that former Redskins QB that never had a QB rating over 90 in Washington and 93 last year in a AFC West that had Denver, the worst defense in the NFL) and "here we go again."  So far Darren McFadden is running all over defenses and Oakland is looking good - seems like Al Davis should step in any minute...  Sierra Nevada is always a stellar beer and always comes to play.  The strong flavors and great basic styles (see Pale Ale, Porter, Stout) are always good year to year.  This is a tough match to link a up and down football team to a stellar beer - but Oakland was the closest to this brewery so we default...

Beer Review 20: Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we review a beer from the Samuel Adams Brewmasters Collection, Coastal Wheat. Light and crisp... the Beer Friends ask -is this the perfect summer beer?  Watch and find out, then drink one and leave a message!


NYBrewfest jun 19th!

Phil Foleen

All dressed up and nowhere to go on June 19th?  Well you are in luck, my friend, because the 4th annual NY Brewfest just happens to be on that very day!

Right now they are listing 26 breweries from NY State, 38 breweries from the rest of the US of A, and another 15 breweries of the international variety.  Click through for more details.

The festivities are from 3:30pm-8pm on Governor's Island in NYC, which is pretty fantastic since you can only get there by boat, so you can have as much beer as you want!  Prices range from $55+tax etc, $75 for a Connoisseur's admission which gets you in an hour early, and if for some reason you don't want any beer, there's a Music Lover's ticket for $25.

The best thing about your ticket is it includes your very own sampling glass, all the food you can eat while you're there, and a round trip ticket for the NY Water Taxi to get you there!  Now that's a bargain!  The music is looking pretty good too, c'mon Bagpipe Dudes!

They also have Seminars, but nothing under the heading yet so stay tuned, and if you're in a giving mood you can also Volunteer to help out.

All in all this looks like a can't miss event for anyone who's in the area and loves beer.  On the site they say that the last 3 Brewfests have sold out, so you may want to get your tickets early.  I know I am.  Tickets link is below.

Get you tickets HERE

Thanks Ken for the lead!