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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Championship Weekend

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Just when you thought Hashtag Battle fun was over, the NFl's second season begins... live on Hashtag Battles!

Championship Round - San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons (#21stamendment vs #terrapinbrewing)

The Final Four of football - win and you play for the Superbowl in two weeks, lose and you start looking at players plummeting in the first round after character issues, poor performance in the Senior Bowl and those involved in a twitter dating hoax.  In the AFC we have a rematch of last years game, hopefully with more sure handed receivers and more sure footed kickers.  In the NFC we have Atlanta trying to double their playoff win total from the past couple years and San Francisco in a familiar place.  2 more wins to Superbowl glory!

Championship Round - San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons (#21stamendment vs #terrapinbrewing)

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 fan bases 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!

San Francisco hosted this game last year in a thriller that came down to a special teams mistake.  This year they upgraded on QB (or rather supersized with those long "ostrich-like" legs) and gained experience from last years short comings.  Somewhat surprising to see them in this position after a tie to the St Louis Rams and a lost with 30 seconds left in the OT period a few weeks later.  Then Strong Arm Harbarugh opened up the play book and made the Green Bay defense look foolish.  A huge play in last years NFC Championship was the naked bootleg by Alex Smith for a TD, this year a majority of the QB runs are by design and directly up the middle - just ask AJ Hawk and  Clay Matthews.  With the 49ers clicking and firing on all cylinders - can this experienced Falcons defense put a cage around the bird?

21st Amendment returns for this Championship game, but awards are nothing new to the San Francisco brewery.  With clever names and even better can art, 21st Amendment raises the stakes for their beer from the outside in.  Then on your first taste you realize how you can tell this can by it's cover.  The Year Round offerings (Brew Free or Die - Back in Black - Bitter American) are all delicious and are great representations of their style.  The seasonals remind us how great a change of weather can be with their Sneak Attack Saison, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and Fireside Chat Winter Ale, and finally their brewmasters series with Marooned on Hog Island Oyster Stout, Hop Crisis Double IPA and Monks Blood, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, only reinforces that these guys know what they are doing.

Atlanta Falcons are flying into unknown territory.  After one of the most successful regular seasons in franchise history - they finally got that post season win for Tony Gonzales, Matty Ice and Mike Smith.  However, football is a what have you done for me lately sport, and the Falcons fan base are looking for more... maybe even a SB victory.  The last time the Falcons were in this situation they were doing the Dirty Bird and beat the Vikings in OT to face the John Elway Victory tour in Miami.  That Superbowl was a blow out and most people were discussing the actions of Eugene Robinson who was arrested the night before for soliciting a police office posing as a prostitute.  Hopefully the jailbirds took it easy on him, because the Broncos didn't and Elway hooked up with Rod Smith for a 80 yard TD pass, the longest at the time in SB history.  Now the Falcons are charged with wiping out those Superbowl memories and starting new ones - just wonder what the dance is gonna be.

Terrapin Beer Company has a few more beers than the 9 21st Amendment features.  With a turtle theme, Terrapin has the adorable little pre-ninja guy on all of there labels strumming the banjo (Rye Pale Ale), riding rapids (Golden Ale) and about to behead someone (Hopsecutioner IPA).  In addition to the year round offerings, they have 4 seasonals, 4 in the "Monster Beer Tour," 18 beers in the "Side Project Series", 5 collaborations and 7 special releases (not to mention the 5 retired beers) - which makes for a full week of drinking.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #21stamendment or #terrapinbrewing, the battle begins Saturday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 11!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Eleven - Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (#twobrosbeer vs #speakeasy)

Hashtag Battles this week features two NFC Superbowl hopefuls.  The 49ers were a punt catch away from the SuperBowl last year and the Bears were a healthy MCL from the SuperBowl two years ago.  In Concussion Sunday, both of these teams had a concussed starting QB, both of which took a few more snaps and then left the game for good.  This weeks matchup is full of "Plan B's" that hope not to de-rail a championship season.  Let's see who's backup is best in this weeks hashtag battle!

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 Eleven - Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (#twobrosbeer vs #speakeasy)

The Chicago Bears are back!  A scary defense and an actual offense leads to SuperBowl shuffle re-mix mashups and high hopes in the windy city.  The only problem is the Bears line which seems to be spending more time making mix tapes rather than blocking for Cutler.  Cutler has been sacked so often he's developed stargazing as a hobby, that's including day games.  In steps backup Jason Campbell who took over last week in a mistake filled game and did... well ok - the same ok that Bears fans had been living with post-McMahon (who sadly knows a thing or two about concussions) and pre-Cutler.  As long as the defense out scores the offense, the Bears will be fine - which is a problem into itself.

Two Brothers is from Warrensville, IL and Beer Friend Paul still raves about how great this brewery was.  Delicious brews and a great brewpub were highlights (plus a really cool coaster/bottle opener) but he doesn't shut up about the entire day.  But for us Beer Friends that don't travel, we had to have the Beer Mountain come to us.  We had our doubts after the first taste from Heavy Handed IPA, but Two Brothers came roaring back with Cane and Abel and Hop Juice which we enjoyed with our good friend and awesome bar owner The Rev.  With brews like Domaine DuPage, The Long Haul and Northwinds Imperial Stout - there is no need for a backup - these are all starting beers to go the distance.

The San Francisco 49ers came into the season with high hopes.  A Head Coach as a former QB found a way to reach Aaron Smith and bring out the potential that got him drafted #1 overall.  A scary defense with arguably the best linebackers in the game - and everything was clicking - then a tie.  I feel like all the "kissing your sister" jokes have been made - but I find it disturbing the amount of NFL players that don't know the rules or that a game can end in a tie.  You can't tell me that they are so focused on winning (because the Rams players didn't know either) that they don't care about anything else, this is where the NFL should take a note from the college game and switch to the "California Overtime" in regular season games, giving both teams - offenses and defenses - a chance to make a play.  Unfortunately the Rams vs 49ers game wasn't a great argument because of the number of missed opportunities by both teams.  Overall Kaepernick is a better option than Campbell, but Aaron Smith says he's ready to go an according to reports he can throw a TD pass with blurry vision anyway... lets just hope that the blur is on his team and not Brian "Molasses" Urlacher running the other way.

Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is from San Francisco and plays on the history of beer and that unsettling time of Prohibition.  Speakeasy obviously refers to the underground bar where patrons could get their booze, often hidden in back rooms or with fronts - like Moe's "Best Damn Pet Store in Town".  Speakeasy's year round available brews include Prohibition Ale, Big Daddy IPA and the brewmasters series called "Bootlegger Series" with Scarface Imperial Stout and Vendetta IPA.  One of the legendary beers that the Beer Friends still speak of today was a Porter aged in Red Zinfandel barrels - this was amazing.  Overall I'm a bit of a history geek and after drinking a few from the Speakeasy series - I might actually learn something too... unfortunately it will probably be forgotten the next morning.

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

 

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 4!

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 Four - San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets (#21stamendment vs #brooklynbrewery)

This week marks the return of the regular refs - which received a standing ovation on Thursday night in Baltimore. Everyone was feeling the love. Ray Lewis hugged them, Joe Flacco put on another show and Brandon Weeden helped out by only throwing one obvious INT... let's see how long this lasts.

The San Francisco 49ers are a fiery team that lays out bruising hits, has a QB who manages the game well, and a coach with a killer handshake. They played amazing football last year to get within a sniff of the Superbowl and came back with higher expectations, imported talent, and Randy Moss (yep - just checked... still on the team). Week One they knocked off fellow Superbowl hopeful Packers in Green Bay, although in September it's not exactly the "Frozen Tundra". Week Two was the handshake rematch at Candlestick Park with the Detroit Lions and Vernon Davis catching two TD's, afterwards he praised former Coach Singletary, telling everyone Singletary showed tough love to get Davis to be a selfless player, then dropped his pants mid post-game interview. Last week should've been a shopping trip to the Mall of America and a football game if they could squeeze it in, instead the Vikings and Christian Ponder stole a victory. If the 49ers had a "trap game" they were looking ahead to the Jets - which is a mistake on so many levels. Could the 49ers be the victims of two straight weeks of "trap games" while looking ahead to the Buffalo Bills? That's another first...

21st Amendment is an amazing brewery. Granted I'm a huge fan (see previous sentence) but they do some really great things. Along with Oskar Blues from Longmont, CO - they are the forerunners of the canned craft beer revolution. Bitter American jumped from seasonal to year round offering, and this happens to be Hop Crisis season... life is good. The artwork of 21st Amendment always seems to come up when we discuss them and for good reason. This brewery cares so much about the outside of the can, they must be awfully proud of what's inside.

The New York Jets have barely been covered this season - if you don't watch ESPN, or NFL Network, or read the newspaper, or... if you live in a hole. The Jets have been the media's darling in the past couple years, and after promises broken and Superbowl dreams dashed - they keep dressing in tighter fitting clothes just to get attention. Start with a shaky QB who the locker room is seemingly split on to begin with and trade for a conversional QB/Tight End/Fullback/Special Teams player that takes a lot of FB Toss plays and has a following so passionate about football that they ignore the basic skills of the game that are missing. The Jets were dealt a blow last week with Revis Island finally landlocked, enter their backup running back (because in the offseason who has time to worry about a depth chart... they were busy trying to get HBO's Hard Knocks to come back). The Jets were flying high in the first game of the season, and after the first team didn't score a TD the entire Pre-Season... they rattled off 48 points to the (at the time) hapless Bills. Week two was a loss to the Steelers in Pittsburg, and week three a road victory at Miami. This 2-1 start has put them in 1st Place in the AFC East after the Patriots fell to 1-2. The Jets are flying high, but with this stout 49ers defense, the Met Life crowd might be cheering for the up man on punt coverage to take a few snaps before the game is over...

Brooklyn Brewery has become a mainstay of the craft brewing community. Always producing quality stuff, they gained the respect and are put just under the Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada's mainly because of size. Obviously the Beer Friends enjoy a Brooklyn brew now and again (or 9 reviews to current date) and Garrett Oliver is a god amongst the brewing community, and for good reason. Brooklyn seems to be playing the corporate and craft sides very well, producing enough sixpacks to keep themselves sitting pretty (Williamsburg rent ain't cheap!) and the brewmasters series is Garrett's chance to shine. Brooklyn's recipe for success seems to be produce a good product and keep quiet, only until it's the right time to blow your horn - plus their leader doesn't have a foot fetish.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #21stamendment #brooklynbrewery, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Hashtag Battles Week Fifteen!

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 (#) vs (#speakeasy), 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. We're starting on Saturday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Fifteen: Pittsburgh Steelers (#rollingrock) vs San Francisco 49ers (#speakeasy)

This is gonna be a good one.  These are two smash mouth football teams and classic old school beers (Rolling Rock) and old school styles (Speakeasy) to compete in this week's hashtag battle.

The Steelers are a constant powerhouse.  Built on toughness (see Big Ben's ankle injury last week), they pride themselves on being the hardest hitting (sometimes illegal - Ask Colt McCoy, if he remembers his name) bullies on the block.  If they were a beer they'd be a bourbon barrel aged, 18 ABV stout from Dogfish Head - in your face.  However, their playoff road right now looks to be the 5th seed unless the Ravens slip up and Steelers take the division, but the Ravens, with games against San Diego (voted most likely to implode), Cleveland (most likely to not remember the game the day after) and Cincinnati (most likely to be successful in future years), make the Division crown outlook for the Steelers bleak.  However Steelers fans... there is hope.  Remember a few years back how the Steelers gained the Wild Card, took care of Cincinnati, beat the Colts at Indy, and rolled through an overhyped Denver team (really, like Jake Plummer is gonna lead any team anywhere but the bar... or handball court) on way to the Superbowl?  At least that year the Seahawks made the playoffs with a winning record...  Rolling Rock from Latrobe, PA is an American icon.  So often the choice of beer drinkers that wanted to avoid those big beer companies... Rolling Rock seemed like a craft beer.  Man was everyone wrong, however, Rolling Rock still has a special place in the Beer Friends' heart and a lot about them seems very Pennsylvania, gritty tough and unrelenting on the palate.  Two wrongs make a right, so do two toughs make a hashtag win?  We'll see this week.

San Francisco had been struggling with poor coaching for a number of years and seem to have found their man.  If it wasn't for a coach in Denver with a converted RB to QB - The NFL's answer to Brother Grimm - the Harbaughs would be a shoe in for the Coach of the Year.  The truth is that the franchise has been building a O-line, Defense, and running game for years (see: Frank Gore) and just needed the final piece (a Michigan man) to guide them!  San Francisco is rolling into the playoffs - but needs to remember to slow down for the speed bumps like Arizona (and later - Seattle and St. Louis) or the hopes and dreams (read: Home field advantage) might fall out the back.  Speakeasy is a delicious brewery, creating old school style brews with big taste.  Speakeasy was the first brew that I had from a Merlot barrel and I've been on their sideline ever sense.  With two eyes inviting you to try their style, Speakeasy takes you back to the speakeasy days - where all you can do is shut up and drink.

Hashtag Battles Week Eight!

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 (#greatlakes vs #21stamendment), 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. We're starting on Sunday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Eight- Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers (#greatlakes vs # 21stAmendment)
Cleveland Browns always have a soft spot in my heart.  Being a Broncos fan, we were the bane of their existence in the 80's then in the 90's the team was stolen away from them.  They constantly try to make the correct personel moves and finally have a all-star running back... that's on the cover of Madden 12, and sitting out multiple games this year.  Can the Browns ever catch a break?  The city of Cleveland has caught a break in Great Lakes Brewing Company.  This is a legendary brewery producing delicious beers (including their Christmas Ale seasonal and Edmund Fitzgerald porter winner of MANY awards) and only distributing to the Ohio River Valley region.  Having lived in the area and having friends still located there - I'm always quick to ask for a sampler pack to enjoy in NYC.  Can Great Lakes Brewing Company help out the Browns and combine to win this week's hashtag battle?
San Francisco 49ers are having a fantastic year.  On top of the lowly NFC West with more wins than the rest of the division combined(3-15) the 49ers are on top of the world and a firm handshake to prove it!  Even though nobody can name anyone on that team (Braylon Edwards? That small handed Smith guy?) the 49ers are 5-1 with a solid lead to make the playoffs (2/4 of NFC are already eliminated) and the winning ways of the 90's are back in San Fran.  Winning is nothing new to 21st Amendment.  Always producing quality beers in cans and smaller batches - these brews are always a treat to find.   With these two winners combining forces can the powerhouses create team chemistry and produce a winner?  Or are they the Philly Eagles?