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BFF4 Round 2: East & Midwest

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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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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 9!


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 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 to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Eight -  Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints (#yardsbeer vs #abitabeer)

This weeks "Monday Night Conversation Between Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden" features the overhyped Eagles against the disappointing Saints.  For the Eagles, last years free agent splash turned into this years "abandon ship!" and no one is safe, including the inconsistant QB who flip flops on himself in news conferences (appropriate this time of year...)  The New Orleans Saints had a disappointing season before the season even started.  With more rumors about them than in a high school lunchroom, they became the villans in the new safety first NFL, and the long contract negotiations of the Big Easy's Chosen Son even had Saints fans wanting to march out.  Who switches their fortunes this week in hashtag battle?  Read on to find out!

The Philadelphia Eagles have it rough.  Seemingly always second fiddle in the NFC East to the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants, which they may beat in the regular season, but are left looking in on the playoffs.  They started the season with a few big wins (3) by a combined 4 points - but that was during the Era of Replacement Refs.  In the A.R.R. (After Replacement Ref) Era the Eagles are winless and Philly Phans are demanding changes.  If the Eagles are smart they'd make some changes before the snow comes for the crowd to hide their batteries in, or before they get angry and just throw C's and 9-volts anyway.  Now Mike Vick and Andy Reed are in a career relationship - much like Jack and Rose in Titanic... remember what happened to that ship?

Yards Brewing Company is located on the Delaware River that separates New Jersey from Philadelphia, and opens around noon on the weekends - the only reason I know this is because I have (multiple times) taken the NJ Transit from Penn Station in NYC and arrived at 30th Street just in time to catch a metro train to Yards when they open, it makes for a awesome weekend trip.  Yards was the creation of Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit in 1994 when they wanted a decent English style beer (which were few and far between in Philadelphia at the time).  So they brewed, won some awards and expanded, brewed won some awards and expanded, and so on.... Now the warehouse offers tours on the weekends from Noon til 4pm, with a tasting room opening at Noon everyday and closing (usually) around 7pm.  Yards also has the amazing "Revolutionary Ales" series which features recipes (closely followed) of a few of our Fore Fathers (also located on the $1, $2, and $100 dollar bill).  Even the modern day stuff is delicious, with their Saison and Cape Hope 2xIPA being two of this Beer Friends favorite of the style.

The poor, poor Saints.  The NFL's punching bag in the off-season to show they were tough on players safety (all the while wanting to expand to 18 games - two more games for players to get hurt!) while Saints players allegedly put down money for hard hits on opposing players.  With the way the Saints defense is playing this year - I'd buy them a hamburger if they'd actually tackle someone.  However, the focus of the Saints hasn't been on defense for a few years - that high flying, aerial attack was supposed to put up 35 a game to allow the defense to break down a little.  Unfortunately Sean Peyton isn't allowed contact with the team and can't tell them that "Defense wins Championships" or at least better than a 2-5 record.  Last week against the Broncos, the Saints folded like Greg Williams in front of Roger Goodell, allowing Peyton to throw all day from his wheelchair and back-brace (which only proves they aren't paying for hits anymore - Peyton is a violent sneeze away from more neck issues).  The Saints are featured in a Monday Night game that was supposed to be featuring two offensive juggernauts - but instead features a middle of the road Eagles team vs a pass heavy (1st in league at 316 ypg) can't run to save their lives (32nd at 72.6 ypg) Saints that round out the bottom three on passing yards and rushing yards given up.  The plus side of this matchup?  With all the high scoring this will look more like a basketball game which New Orleans and Philadelphia are probably more interested in now anyway.

Abita Brewing Company is located just outside of New Orleans, and any beer drinking Big Easy'er will tell you how delicious they really are.  Being located close to the Big Easy, Abita has a laid back party kind feel - with brews like Purple Haze and Mardi Gras Bock - they capture the Cajun feel perfectly.  However, Abita is also a very caring institution and with brews like Restoration Ale and S.O.S. (Save Our Shores) they help those in need by getting others drunk (and helping those people out as well).  Abita is a little tough to get in NYC, but whenever I see Turbodog, Jockamo IPA or Andygator available - I'm sure to grab one.  Abita is definitely a needed stop on a future brewery tour and a Beer Friend review... anyone got a request?

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

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 1!


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 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 to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN.  Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week One - Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns (#yardsbrew vs #greatlakesbrew)

Holy crap!  Professional football is back.  This week the real games start, Wednesday night was just a bunch of fanfare - or at least the Superbowl defending Giants thought so as they let the Dallas Cowboys come in and ruin their Superbowl trophy parade.  What irks me the most is Jerry Jones was actually correct!

Philadelphia is hoping to bounce back like the Miami Heat did in its second season.  Vince Young last year (he can be seen as your local sandwich artist or protesting outside a Payday checking establishment) declared them a Dream Team - as he played the role of Christian Laettner.  Philly fans are putting a lot of hope in a QB who's wearing a flak jacket for protection - which is ironic because he probably had one on that Virginia farm of his for "dog training".  Full circle indeed.

Yards Brewing never claimed to be a dream team, instead they brew the dream team of Revolutionary Ales by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Poor Richard (Benjamin Franklin).  These beers (watch the reviews) are delicious and without any Laettner brews holding them down.

Cleveland Browns are wise beyond their years... they are actually sages that spent thousands of years in deep meditation Siddhartha style.  Brandon Weeden is understudy to Scott Bakula of the Necessary Roughness kind, after spending a few years playing baseball in minor league stadiums (similar crowds to that of Cleveland Browns Stadium - *Note: Sell the naming rights, because right now the stadium name is as original as the jersey design*) comes back and finds that huge strike zone to Justin Blackmon and sets some school records passing Mike "I'm a Man" Gundy in the process.  Add a star running back from a National Champion and you've got yourself the first rookie QB/RB team in 50 years (I guess they never asked why more people don't do that).  After a porous offensive line and no breakaway WR's, Weeden will sit back in the pocket and wait for his next "leap."

Great Lakes Brewing Company fills each bottle with a rich history of the Ohio river Valley region.  Eliot Ness (infamous Chicago area Prohibition age "The Untouchables" leader) is an Amber full of taste that it'll make you break the law.  Burning River is named for the amount of pollution found floating in the river that it is said to "ooze rather than flow" and catch on fire.  Dortmunder Gold was renamed from "The Heisman" (after John Heisman, the first trophy winner) back to the beer style it is.  Finally the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald Porter which is named for the freighter that sunk in Lake Superior.  With all these history lessons, I wonder if Weeden remembers these things, because they all happened in his early 20's.

Let the battle begin!  Tag with #yardsbrew #greatlakesbrew, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night... drink to support your teams!

Beer Review 117: Yards Poor Richards Tavern Spruce


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Ah... July 3rd, the big preparation day.  Coal for the BBQ?  Enough meat to feed a small army? Watched the Previous 2 Beer Friends videos in the Revolutionary Ales Series? (Tavern Porter - Tavern Ale) Now we come to the Poor Richards Tavern Spruce, the inventor of the bunch comes in with the inventive brew.  This is such a treat I can't write about it anymore... you'l just have to watch!  Tavern brews!  Liberty!  Yards beer!


Beer Review 116: Yards Thomas Jeffersons Tavern Ale


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week our Revolutionary Ale Series continues with Thomas Jeffersons Tavern Ale.  At 8% ABV this is the heaviest hitter of the bunch, with the original recipe calling for all ingredients found on TJ's plantation.  This is the second in the series leading up to the 4th of July.  Enjoy your freedom... enjoy Yards... enjoy Beer! (Responsibly!)


Beer Review 115: Yards General Washingtons Tavern Porter


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Holy crap... the 4th of July is almost upon us.  What better way to creep towards the official holiday of BBQ's then drink (and review) some of our Founding Father's Brews?  Yard's is a fantastic brewing out of Philadelphia that has been known for their Pale Ale and Brawler, with ESA (Extra Special Ale) as their flagship (look for them in a upcoming Featured Brewery segment).  Yards also did a very cool thing for us history nerds out there... they found beer recipes from a few of our Founding Fathers (George, Tommy and Benny) and re-created the brew to modern day standards.  So sit back, crack open an old school brew and when it gets too hot by the pool or BBQ, come inside and watch some reviews.  Founding Fathers!  Cherry Tree!  Historical Beer!