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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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BFF4 - Graham and Phil's Sweet Sixteen Brackets

Graham

Here it is.  This tournament just got serious - East vs. West style.  The best of the Northeast's breweries are taking on their arch-rivals on the West Coast for total beer supremacy in the Sweet 16 of this years Beer Friends Final Four Tournament.  Click on through to Vote!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast Region - Sweet 16 (Graham's Brackets)

To say that the Northeast Brackets have been topsy-turvy is an understatement.  It's been a whirlwind of ups and downs, upsets and close calls.  Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger, the Northeast favorite for the tournament with the #1 seed has continued their winning streak onto the 3rd round but is now facing their toughest opponent:  Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  Liquid Gold has played far better than anyone else in the tournament so far with decisive victories over #5 ranked Sam Adams Noble Pils and #4 ranked Smuttynose IPA, two other favorite East Coast contenders.  Can Captain Lawrence take to another round with what would be the biggest upset on their road to the championship?

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Game 2 of the Northeast Sweet 16 round is an all out New England battle.  These two brews are looking to tip the scales on the New York domination on this branch of the bracket and they are gunning for each other with the chance to do it.  Will the Green Mountains of Vermont be celebrating after this weekend as Long Trail's Hibernator rolls into the Elite 8 or will the beaches of Cape Cod be Red...not with sunburns but with their own 'hoods Cape Cod Red.  Massachusetts or Vermont?  It's a #2 vs. #3 matchup and the choice couldn't be tougher.  Throw in your say below and help your favorite beer with a New England accent get to the next round.

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West Region - Sweet 16 (Phil's Brackets)

Time for the West to show it's stuff!!!  These are the crucial times where we decide which beer is our best bet to take on the rest of the country!  what?  too Braveheart?  should i put blue makeup and a kilt on?  anyway....We have four contenders up for the righteous honor of carrying the West into the Beer Friends Final Four!  We've had a pretty regular season so far, but now we're down to the wire, the next two games are shaping the fate of the Western region:

First up we have the 1 vs 5 pitting Sierra Nevada Torpedo against Speakeasy's Big Daddy IPA!  Both have been strong showings in the previous rounds, Sierra Nevada defeating Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Speakeasy taking out Rogue's Mocha Porter and Stone's Collaboration Saison!  But you, YOU decide the fate of these two great brews, vote below to make sure your favorite takes it to the next round:

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Next up we have the 7 vs 11 round!  Two of my favorite contenders going head to head, only one to come out on top:  We have Rogue Brewery's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout verses Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard!  Two absolute power houses taking each other to the mats to determine who will continue on to the next round.  Neither of these brews is a surprise being here: Rogue Shakespeare taking out Green Flash IPA and Kona's Pipeline Porter to be here while Stone's Arrogant Bastard bested Anchor Brewing's Christmas ale and Sierra Nevada's home grown Estate Ale to place their flag in this the pivotal third round of competition.  Who's the best?  Who will continue on for Western dominance to represent in the Final Four?  it's up to you....Vote Now!!!

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Vote now or forever hold your peace!

Beer Review 58: Smuttynose IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! The six pack of the week (SPotW) was featured as the #4 seed in the Northeast Bracket of this years BFF4.  This is a classic IPA from Smuttynose, a stop on the original Beer Friends New England Brewery Tour back in 2009.  This is a favorite of one Beer Friend (watch the video to find out) but enjoyed by all.  Will the endorsement of the Beer Friends pull Smuttynose into the third round?  We'll have to wait and see!

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BFF4 Second Round: Graham's Brackets - Northeast Region

Graham

Round one is over and it was exciting!  We were lacking a bit in the upset department with our only low-seeded brew that showed up to play being Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  Despite that, no victories were even close to being one-sided with the largest margin of victory actually occurring in Captain Lawrence's Liquid Gold's upset of Sam Adam's Noble Pils.  Is this Liquid Gold's way of letting the beer world know that they are here to play for the BFF4 championship?  Will Switchback's Unfiltered Amber continue winning in their first ever tournament appearance? Will Sixpoint's #1 seeded Bengali Tiger take what many consider to be their tournament to lose this year?  Let's see what happens in Round Two of the Northeast Region! [polldaddy poll=4801088]

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/7/11

Graham

The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game?  Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year.  And no we're not talking about the Superbowl.  We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational.  That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you).  Seriously though - What'd you drink for it?  I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor.  Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split.  Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too.  Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews.  The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale.  We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13.  Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz.  That's roughly 4.5 brews.  Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday?  Beer Gods, we hope so.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.

Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:

And you thought the punk rock festival was over.  Nope.  The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.  East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card.  Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix.  In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX?  Hard choice.  Equally hard choice?  The beer.  Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA?  The smart answer?  Have it all - music and beer.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.

Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries.  This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang.  Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown.  Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers.  Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence.  Holler New York Beglian!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue.

Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:

It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market.  We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island.  Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out.  This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada.  Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event.  They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises.  We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey.  You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you.  Seems like a good deal.

The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey.  I know nothing about the state except for that.  Good luck getting there.

Just kidding!  It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey.  Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop.  Seriously, it's wicked close.  Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!

Jersey huh?  The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places.  Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!