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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 81: McNeill's War Lord Imperial IPA


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Last week we featured a New Jersey brewery with River Horse, now we move north on the east coast (doing our best Irene impression) but vering of slightly to the West and hitting Brattleboro, Vermont for McNeill's Brewery.  McNeill's started brewing in 1992 and finally put their stuff in bottles in 2008 for everyone to enjoy.  Flash Forward to 2011, and we enjoy War Lord Imperial IPA in our living room.  Vermont! Imperial! Cheers!


Beer Review 43: Magic Hat Encore


Hello Beer Friends Nation! The I.P.A. On Tour Continues with Magic Hat's Encore - a brand new IPA.  As you faithful Beer Friend followers know (thanks Graham's mom) the first IPA on tour with Blind Faith and the second was hI.P.A. and this third installment is brand new.  This is classified by Magic Hat as a Winter Wheat IPA.  Winter Beer!  Touring! Encore!


Tip of the Day from The Beer Friends

Corporate Kerouac

It is once again Thursday and a popular day to go out for happy hours after work.  No surprise here, I’m going to suggest you go out to a Craft beer bar for your post work drinks. There's a new kid in town, and he's getting a lot of attention.

McNeill’s Brewery of Brattleboro Vermont has come down to New York after 26 years of brewing.  Legend has it (a bartender told me) that McNeill’s had always just been brewed and served only for their brewpub in Brattleboro.  They were never brewing enough to get their beer to any great area outside of their locale.

I’m not sure if this was due to financial restraints or due to choice. Either way, it is here now and I am happy about it.  I have yet to have their darker stuff, but the two Amber ales (Firehouse Amber, Ruby Extra Amber) I had were both delicious.

I have seen McNeill’s at a few bars over the past couple weeks.  3 craft beer bars (The Pony Bar, Blind Tiger, and Barcade) all have a McNeill’s beers listed on their websites.

Go get some!

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The Beer Friends