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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 10!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Ten -  New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (#riverhorsebeer vs #redhookbeer)

Hashtag Battles goes coast to coast as a AFC East media darling meets a NFC West media darling.  The Jets make headline not for their play, but for their refusal to play certain "savior like" backup QB's.  The Seahawks make headlines for their play, which is as inconsistant as a meteorologist these days. As the second half of the hashtag battle season begins - let's see who'll be making headlines for the right reasons in the second half!

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 Ten -  New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (#riverhorsebeer vs #redhookbeer)

As an emerging media outlet, we at The Beer Friends feel the need to talk about the Jets.  Even in the wake of a Hurricane up the East Coast and a hotly contested Presidential election, Rex Ryan is still getting airtime, defending himself as "The Most Overrated Coach" in a Sporting News poll.  However, instead of enlisting Karl Rove, Rex laughed off the criticism and went back to what he does best: avoiding Tim Tebow playing time questions.  The Jets are 3-5 and 3rd in the AFC East.  With the Pats safe at the top and the Dolphins surging, the Jets need to win and get a little help.  What they don't need is Cromartie claiming the Jets will make the playoffs - but this team has gotten hot before and (technically) Sanchez has led them to AFC Championship games before.  With the second half of the season starting, the Jets need a hot streak and with games against a few contenders (Seattle, New England, San Diego) and a few that are watching college football for future teammates (Jacksonville, Tennessee, Buffalo) we'll see if they can put up or shut up - but who are we kidding?  We know they'll never do the latter.

River Horse Brewing Company is from Lambertville, New Jersey...which is about the same distance to Met Life as NYC, so they jump into the mix!  River Horse is also a delicious brewery that has gotten the Beer Friends' attention more than once in these 2.5 years of reviews.  Although this is a Belgian influenced brewery, even Phil tends to enjoy these brews.  With a hippo on the label and big flavor inside, Hop-O-Lot-Amus 2xIPA and Hop Hazard are available year round and Hipp-O-Lantern and Belgian Freeze are seasonals worth waiting for.

The last time we saw the Seattle Seahawks on hashtag battles, they fought against the Detroit Lions in a close 28-24 match.  That was the Seahawks' first loss outside their division... and they are 5-4.  This is not shaping up well for the end of the year come playoff time if tiebreakers are needed for the Seahawks.  Currently, they are 2nd in the NFC West but 0-3 in the division - but the good news is it's the second half.  And the bad news? They could go 0-6.  However, that drama will have to play out way down the line as the Seahawks finish their divisional schedule in the last month of the season.  Currently, the Seahawks have two corners that talk big and play bigger.  These corners are a huge reason (along with a relentless pass rush) that the Seahawks are ranked 7th in Pass Defense - which only improves the play of the offense in practice, although with the bombs that R Wilson throws, I'd imagine 7 on 7 drills look more like games of 500.

Redhook Brewery comes from Washington but covers the East Coast with a brewery in Portsmouth, NH. They have traditional styles like a ESB, Wit, Pilsner, and Longhammer IPA - but the flavors are anything but traditional. On-air, the IPA has been described as having an "ice tea airiness" and behind the scenes, the Wit has been called delicious. With an innovative bottle design that jumps off the shelves, expect more on-air reviews and behind the scenes drinking.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/21

Graham

When it comes to the Beer Friends, we love America.  It's most important ideals are represented everywhere in the craft beer world: liberty, industriousness, creativity and pursuit of happiness.  It's no surprise that the people who penned these ideals, our Founding Fathers, were craft brewers themselves.  Not only were they forming the world's most famous democracy they were doing it while enjoying a pint of their own home brewed porters, stouts and pale ales.  Let's celebrate their ingenuity by drinking the most prized of their creations: craft beer. Tuesday, February 22 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Imperials @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Imperial doesn't quite go well with the Founding Fathers and early America.  It does however go well with, well, everything else.  Expect Imperial IPA's, Souts, Porters, Pilsners and more.  Imperial might not be good for democracy, but it goes great with about every style of brew.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street in between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Tuesday, February 22 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Great Divide @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Apparently Tuesday night is a good night for beer tasting.  Perhaps it was deemed so by President Grant in 1876 when he admitted Colorado into American statehood.  However it happened, Grant must have loved his craft brew enough to foresee that Colorado would someday become the craft beer capital of America having the highest number of breweries out of any other state.  One of those breweries stands tall.  That brewery is Great Divide out of Denver, Colorado.  Head to Bierkraft on Tuesday to sample some of Great Divide's best brews - including a possible appearance of the Espresso Yeti Stout.  Tuesday Tastings at Bierkraft are free and entertaining and you'll probably leave with at least one growler.  However, you should probably be prepared and bring two or three.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Sackett Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, February 23 - Captain Lawrence Pairing @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn:

We've now established that beer and democracy go well together.  A fine pairing of two ideas that compliment each other, each thing making the other better just by being together.  Beer does that with something else - food.  Nita Nita will be hosting Captain Lawrence Wednesday - pouring the Kölsch, Smoked Porter and Pale Ale.  On top of that they will also be rolling out a special menu to compliment each pour.  Check this out:

Drink a Pale Ale while trying the chicken curry or the smashed sweet potatoes & chorizo.

Down a Smoked Porter alongside the smoked beef brisket or the bacon wrapped pork loin.

Sip a Kölsch while savoring the Captain Lawrence steamed mussels (steamed in Kölsch, butter, fennel + coriander) or the garlic shrimp.

It's not glutenous to have all three right?  After all, all opinions need to be taken in account in any sort of healthy democracy.  Holler.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 24 - Avery Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I think Bierkraft is trying to tell us something:  They are obsessed with Colorado Brewing.  I mean honestly, who isn't?  Last week was Left Hand, Tuesday is Great Divide and Thursday they'll be bringing in Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO to take over their taps.  Avery is famous for brewing over the top type beers (hoppiest IPA in Colorado - the Beer Friends are still testing this claim).  Whatever your favorite craft brew style is you'll be able to find a pour (or two, or three) on tap Thursday - Avery will be taking over all 14 lines.  Fourteen.  Catorce. Or Franklin Pierce, the 14th and often considered worst president of the United States.  Don't worry about him though, the beer will be great.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Sackett Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 24 - East Coast meets West Coast @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

George Washington? Totally West Coast.  Man was gangsta.  Lincoln?  Obviously West Coast.  He kept one in the chamber.  Always.  Jefferson?  Nobody had more East Coast status like TeeJeezy.  Where does Barack fit in?  Chi-town is it's own animal.  Mr. Obama would do both and on Thursday he, and the rest of us have that chance.  Brooklyn Brewery will be bring 10 of their best to compete against 5 of Anchor Brewery's finest pours.  Where do the Beer Friends stand?  Come on out Thursday to find out.  We might even tell you who our favorite presidents are.

Dive 75 is located at 101 W 75th Street at Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Friday, February 25 - Sunday, February 27 - Rattle n' Hum Cask Festival @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

To round out President's Week the guys at Rattle n' Hum decided to bring it old school.  Serving beer the way the forefathers of America did while writing the Declaration of Independence and arguing about whether there should be an Amendment declaring craft beer's awesomeness in the Constitution (it was the famed 'lost amendment - Jefferson told Hancock at the bar the night before the signing that they were "totally going to write that shit in when that lame ass Washington wasn't looking" but managed to forget the next morning).  Expect a huge selection of cask craft pours at Rattle n' Hum the entire weekend.  A menu will come soon.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.