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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 17!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Seventeen  - Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (#rahrandsonsbrew vs #dogfishhead)

Ah, the last week of the season.  When the Chiefs are officially on the clock and Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat (according to the backpage).  This is the time of the year when we look back at the successes and failures and quietly judge how we could've done a better job from our living room.  With the AFC playoff picture all set we turn our attention to the NFC and specificially the NFC East.  The Redskins have been riding a successful rookie backfield (take that Cleveland) all season long with RG3 stumping for a ROY candidacy in the toughest field ever, meanwhile the Cowboys are figuring out new ways to disappoint and instead of this being Romo's fault - he's done nothing but throw for almost 5000 yards and keep them in playoff contention.  Let's see who wins the NFC East crown in this weeks hash tag 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 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!

Week Seventeen  - Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (#rahrandsonsbrew vs #dogfishhead)

The Dallas Cowboys have the Rex Ryan of owners,  or rather the New York Jets have the Jerry Jones of coaches... Either way both make promises of post-season and can do very little about it.  Jones builds a monument to "Americas Team" circa 1950, then expects the SuperBowl titles to come flowing in.  Well, when you're from the Al Davis school of Ownership and practically send down offensive plays from the owners box to be run... You know your team is doomed.  This year the Cowboys have staved off the off-season blues until the last week of the season and only have to win, on the road, against one of the most exciting teams in football... No big deal.  Romo's offensive explosion carried the winner of my fantasy football league to the championship, although in the first few weeks I was giving them a hard time - talk about a Texas sized egg on my face.  Romo has thrown for 4685 yards going into the game, and averaging 312 yards a game, leaving him 3 yards short of the once famed single season yardage mark.  However, this record now falls the way of 50 home runs where everyone can reach it in a juiced ball era - or rather an era in which DB's have to take ADHD and erection helper meds to keep up.  Now if the defense can keep up and limit RG3, Dallas will have a chance - unless RG3 gets hurt and the 2-0 backup rookie comes in to save the day, again.  Might be a Texas sized off season.

Rahr and Sons Brewing Company comes from Fort Worth, Texas and sports 5 year round brews and 6 seasonal's.  Included in the year round Rahr's Blonde, Texas Red, Ugly Pug Black Lager, Stormcloud and Buffalo Butt; which they have a nice collection of awards from various beer competitions.   The seasonals sound very interesting in the Iron Thistle (Scottish Ale) and Gravel Road (German style Altbier).  With brewery tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays - it gives me time to visit and recover before we head to another tour.

The Washington Redskins have defied expectations this season with the Shanahan and Son LLC coaching staff.  They traded up and took a shot on RG3 and then pulled a "Shanny" and drafted a downhill running RB in the late rounds - then rode this success to a 9-6 record with a shot at the NFC East crown.  RG3 is part of one of the most exciting rookie quarterbacking classes in history.  With Andrew Luck in Indy and Russell Wilson in Seattle, all three have led/could lead their teams into the playoffs.  Not discounting what the other two have done, RG3 has done it in the most difficult division.  The defending SB champions, the high spending Cowboys and the talented (and often out-coached) Eagles make for a very muddled division.  What's possibly the most amazing thing about this situation is that Dan Synder has stayed out of the way long enough to allow this to happen, although more likely he's spent most of the season on the phone trying to Albert Hayneworth to come back and get a return on his biggest investment.

Dogfish Head Brewery is one of the more visible craft breweries on the scene today.  Known for big, bold taste and high ABV's Dogfish Head is typically a favorite of any beer nerd.  The Beer Friends have reviewed a few on camera (Bitches Brew - Theobroma - Festina Peche - Burton Baton), and a bunch more of camera (could you imagine a 120 Minute review?).  Dogfish Head's head brewer and founder Sam Calagione once even had a 6 episode series on Discovery called "Brew Masters" that showed how he got inspiration for many of his brews.  Dogfish Head is very creative with styles and once you've tasted them, you understand why so many beer nerds seek them out.

Overheard on text this week:

This week the Pro Bowl rosters were announced and besides the Richard Sherman snub - perhaps his biggest supporters have ADHD too and couldn't focus long enough to cast a vote after sending him their adderall - is the Chiefs having 5 pro bowlers on their 2-13 team.  Yes, that's 3 more pro-bowlers than wins for the season.  Upon hearing this, a friend texted his frustration with voting: with the combination of a high school student body president popularity contest fan voting, and "oh, I've heard that name" reputation votes...  is a joke.  But the real answer is this: when your team has already lost by halftime, you have a lot more time to cast votes on NFL.com.

Here's to another successful hash tag season and let the battle begin! Tag with #rahrandsonsbrew vs #dogfishhead, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 14!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Fourteen  -  Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins (#flyingdog)

This week features the closest thing to an inner city rivalry the NFL has (lets face it - Giants vs Jets is like when Varsity scrimmages the JV squad).  The Ravens are constantly at the top of the AFC North and always in line for a playoff spot - no matter who's kicking field goals, and the Redskins went from a few re-building years with Shanahan and Sons to a wildcard in the NFC East race.  Let's see who takes Mid-Atlantic bragging rights 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 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!

Week Fourteen  -  Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins (#flyingdog)

The Baltimore Ravens have been doing it on defense for a number of years... Remember when they won the 2000 on the arm of Trent Dilfer?  You must've have been drinking because Dilfer had very little to do with the win... much like a waiter carrying a tray full of drinks - he was doing his job and trying not to screw it up too much.  The Ravens always remind of us this SuperBowl winning 2000 team, because it's basically the same team.  Ray Lewis and Ed Reed still command the troops and although Lewis has been sidelined with an arm injury, he's still a presence on the sideline and the heart and soul of the defense.  The offense is a completely different story - Joe Flacco calls himself an Elite QB, yet doesn't realize you don't need to be elite to win, you need a RB.  Ray Rice is a solid choice for Fantasy players and game winning drives, but the Ravens avoid him like they've got the opposing defense on fantasy (it is Fantasy playoff season).  Even after a 4 and 29 conversion in San Diego (leading to the win) - the Ravens against their biggest rivals were outscored in the 4th quarter 10-0, when after the 3rd quarter leading 20-13.  The turning point?  With 9:49 left and the ball, instead of safe hand offs to Rice to kill the clock (and get me extra yards), Flacco drops back and is strip sacked, giving the Steelers the ball on the 30 yard line, which meant it would have only taken 5 maximum distance throws by Charlie Batch to reach the 5 yard line.  Let's see how they avoid Ray Rice this week, lose to the Redskins on the rise and continue to ruin my fantasy football season.

The Washington Redskins have changed head coaches so many times, a Tea Party representative spends more time in the D.C. area.  Dan Synder is always going after the big name head coaches and hooked Mike Shanahan after he was let go of in Denver.  Shanahan brought his son along and setup the offices of Shanahan and Sons LLC in D.C. in search of QB talent.  In his first season he dealt with Beck, Grossman and an aging McNabb causing him to rotate QB's like he used to rotate RB's in Denver - last year he lost McNabb and ended up 5 -11 but in position to trade up to #2 getting Luck or RG III (whichever the Colts didn't take).  Enter a season of rebirth.  Shanahan suddenly has the second coming of John Elway and a RB picked in the 6th round (Terrell Davis anyone?) to bolster his offense.  The defense is still questionable, but so is the NFC East with the Cowboys and Eagles preparing "Help Wanted" signs and the Giants struggling to win against the lack of division rivalries/competition.  The Redskins are 6-6 with 4 winnable games left; and save a dumb WR play in the Rams game, an unsportsman plenty drive killer in the Bengals game, and just 1 of 2 defenders stopping Victor Cruz (the Giants only offensive weapon) from running by them - the Redskins are 9-3 and the toast of the town.  Let's see how they shock the NFL world by winning OR blowing up in the 4th quarter for the rest of the season, and watch the growth of a very exciting prospect in RG III.

Flying Dog Brewery is so good, it has no competition in the D.C. / Baltimore area.  Flying Dog has it's origins in Aspen, Colorado and moved to the Maryland area in 2008, taking their Dog themed brews and Hunter S Thompson inspired bottle art with them.  With Belgian roots, Flying Dog doesn't impress all the beer friends (#callingoutphil) but the Gonzo Porter is always tops on the list this time of year and the Garde Dog Saison and Snake Bite IPA find their calling in the warmer months.  I guess there is always something to look forward to - just like this Redskins vs Ravens game.  This week we're taking one brewery and using hashtag battles to call out fans - use the hashtag "flyingdog" and put "Ravens" or "Redskins" behind it to support that team.

Let the battle begin! Remember to Tag with #flyingdogravens vs #flyingdogredskins, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!