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BFF4 - Brad and Paul's Sweet 16 Brackets


Hello Beer Friends Nation! After an exciting first two rounds, the strong have survived. These are the premier beers of the tournament. We have strong winners in Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout and last years winner, Fat Tire getting knocked off by first year Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch Double IPA. Polls close on April 4th, so get out there, vote and spread the word!


After a surprising blow out victory by the #8 seed Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch Double IPA (78% of the vote) they run into another popular Colorado brew in the #5 seed Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout. Yeti has multiple variations (espresso, oak aged, chocolate) but the popular Imperial Stout came to this tournament as a heavily favored brew. Can Breckenridge continue it's run? Will Yeti push through into the Elite 8? Vote and Decide!

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#3 seed Founders Breakfast Stout advances, not surprising -  there but big upset in the #2 vs #7 seed... Bristol Breweries Mass Transit beats Bell's Oberon 83% to 17%!  This stunning upset is thanks to a strong Colorado voting population due to the fact that Bristol is only available in Colorado and surrounding states. Bristol faces a difficult challenge in Founder's Breakfast Stout, but like VCU they seem to be running through the big brews (Founders Porter, Bell's Oberon) - Can Bristol take down another Founder's brew? Will Breakfast Stout setup a matchup of stouts in the Elite 8? Vote now and decide!

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The Mid-Atlantic/Southern/ Midwest-ish bracket has been fun to say the least. Big time upsets with the clear Cinderella of the tournament with Cigar City Jai Alai IPA along with a Nebraska Brewing company that started making a lot of noise these past year is keeping it up and making a lot of noise in the tournament. Both of these are up against two beers vying to keep the Battle for the Keystone State going for one more round. Heavy hitters in Troegs and Victory still alive in this bracket and with the support all 4 beers have been getting, this could go any direction...

#16 Cigar City Jai Alai up against #5 Victory Yakima Glory. Victory is a local favorite and a favorite in the BFF4 rankings this year, but Cigar City has upset a couple of favorites this tournament already. Will Victory be able to stop Cigar City's Cinderella story, or is Jai Alai a beer of destiny?

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#3 vs #7 Troegs Trogenator has it's work cut out for it this round. Nebraska Brewing Brunette Nut Brown Ale comes in hot after taking down Dogfish Head 90 Minute. Nebraska has shown that it has the following to be taken seriously as a brewery and as a beer in fake tournaments. Are we going to see the ultimate underdog match up, or will we see another battle between PA beers?

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BFF4 Second Round - Brad's Bracket


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Dreams are broken and the strong move on... who ever thought the Rocky Mountain IPA had a chance against Breakfast Stout or (the biggest upset) Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout over Bristol's Laughing Lab, not to worry Bristol fans - Mass Transit pulled through over the strong year-round available Founder's Porter.  Can Yeti continue it's run?  can Bell's pull through as the two seed continuing to a 1 vs 2 match-up?  Vote and decide!

The 1 vs 8 match up has last year's winner Fat Tire advancing to play 471 Small Batch IPA from Breckenridge Brewery.  This is Breckenridge's first year in the BFF4 and they had a strong showing... can they be a Butler and bring down the #1 seed?

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The 5 vs 13 includes the biggest winner in the Colorado/Michigan bracket vs the upset minded Equinox Brewery Nova Pale Ale who squeezed by Odell's - Cutthroat Porter (even on nitro pour?  Nova must have a big following...).  Can the magic continue?  Or do they become like Villanova and get bounced from the tourney?

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The 6 vs 3 matchup features no surprises - Oskar Blue's Dales Pale Ale vs Founders Breakfast Stout.  Both are strong and excellent examples of a well crafted beer... Both are in my favorite go-to beers... I'm so torn!

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The 7 vs 2 match up features the ever popular Bell's Oberion vs the little known (and well liked) Bristol Mass Transit.   These are two lighter beers going head to head so expect a high scoring affair.

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BFF4 - Brad Bracket First Round


Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is swept up in the madness... yes - Beer Friends Final Four Beer Bracket is BACK!

Forget Louisville in the First Round and bubble teams, we're talking ales in the First Round and drinking the suds...

This year we (kinda) followed a regional bracket match up instead of the style like last year.

Brad's Bracket includes beers from Colorado and the Michigan area (somehow Great Lakes snuck in there...).  Vote your favorite brew through and pick that Cinderella team, sorry, stout.  Pick the winner and hold it over your friends heads until the next year (Brooklyn's Dark Matter anyone?) Beer!  Voting!

The 1 vs 16 match up pits Last Years winner, New Belgium's Fat Tire against a stout from Boulder - Avery's Out of Bounds Stout.  The Out of Bounds was delicious when infused with coffee, but Fat Tire seems like the fan favorite - should be interesting.  See more of this entry for voting!

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The 8 vs 9 match up has Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch IPA against Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  This is a interesting choice because Edmund Fitzgerald is a multiple award winner - but the selection committee always gets a few wrong (they failed the "eye" test?)

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The 5 vs 12 match up sees Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout against Bristol Laughing Lab.  This is a Colorado knock down drag out... Yeti is known all over the US and Laughing Lab all over Colorado - both delicious beers - I'm guessing multiple overtimes.

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The 4 vs 13 match has upset special all over it.  Odell Cutthroat Porter against the ultimate mid-major in Equinox Nova Pale Ale.  These two breweries are miles apart (if even a mile) but the beers couldn't be different.  Dick Vitale is watching this one as a "upset special!"

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The 6 vs 11 match up has another two close breweries duking it out.  Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale against Boulder Beer Companies Cold Hop.  Both beers are available all over the US, but only one beer became available at my local grocery store which puts their RPI in the 20's!

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The 3 vs 14 match up is another mismatch.  Founders Breakfast Stout against Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA.  While Rocky Mountain IPA is a great beer, Breakfast Stout is built to win.

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The 7 vs 10 match up could go either way.  Two completely different beer styles in Bristol's Mass Transit against Founder's Porter - but great brews in their own rights.  Will the up-tempo smooth play of Mass Transit triumph over the slow down pace of Founder's Porter?

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The 2 vs 15 match up could be another upset special.  Bell's Oberion vs Ska Brewing Company Pinstripe Ale.  Oberion is a summer time favorite but Ska is quickly moving up the popular breweries ladder.  With Ska Brewing Company now available in cans... will this be enough for the 15 over 2 upset?

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Daily Beer Calendar Results January 23-29


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Here are the results from the Beer Friends Daily Calendar review!  (thats a working title).

January 23 - Yeti Imperial Stout - 85.71% have tried it!  I feel so close to you all right now...

January 24 - Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout - 14.29% have tried it... don't you think you're so special.

January 25 - Arsenalnoe Krepkoe - 33.33% have tried it

January 26 - Staropramen Premium Beer - 14.29% have tried it, guess we don't get over the pond for much beer...

January 27 - Stoudts Scarlet Lady ESB - 100% have tried it!  Check out the video if you didn't already!

January 28 - Bitch Creek ESB - 0% have tried it!  Get out there and drink people (myself included)

January 29 - Lezajsk 1525 Premium Beer - 0% have tried it! I guess Beer Advocate was right...

Just a quick heads up... Starting February 1st we'll be doing the Daily Beer Calendar for the week - one visit, 7 polls and you're job is done... until the next week, and to check out our videos, and to see the results, and to see what's happening in NYC for craft beer this week, and for all the other exciting content that Beer Friends brings you daily.  I know it's changed my life.

Featured Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company


Great Divide Tap Room Hello Beer Friends Nation!

A highlight of the Beer Friends Colorado Brewery Trip was Great Divide Brewery in Denver, Colorado.  Great Divide was a great time and well worth the drive and parking in downtown Denver.  PLUS it's within walking distance of a few other breweries and hosts a Denver breweries walking tour (Click here for info).

The Tap Room itself has a very friendly atmosphere.  The bartenders are more than willing to share Great Divide's fantastic brews with you.  You get four free samples when you come in that you will quickly want to follow up with a pint or two of your favorites.  Everyone in the place were regulars, even if they hadn't ever been there before and they all seemed to know each other.  One Beer Friend even randomly ran into a guy from his father's hometown who, through not so many degrees of separation, knew all the same people he did.  Great Divide is a great brewery, the brews great beer and seems to attract a great clientele.

Great Divide has always had a good showing in Beer Competitions, including this Year's GAFB with Colette a saison winning Silver in Category 64: French and Belgian Style Saison.  Past awards include A gold medal in the 1997 GABF (Hibernation Ale) and silver (Denver Pale Ale - DPA), 1998 Silver Medal in World Beer Cup (Hibernation Ale) and Bronze medal (Denver Pale Ale), Gold medal in 1999 GABF (Denver Pale Ale), Bronze medal in 2002 GABF (Denver Pale Ale), 2003 Silver Medal at GABF (Hibernation Ale), 2005 Silver Medal GABF (Yeti Imperial Stout), 2006 Gold Medal (Old Ruffian Barley Wine) and Silver Medal GABF (Hibernation Ale) and Bronze Medal (Denver Pale Ale), 2007 Gold Medal Australian International Beer Awards (Hercules Double IPA), Bronze Medal 2008 GABF (Yeti Imperial Stout) and three Silver Medals in the Australian International Beer Awards (Hercules Double IPA, Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Titan IPA), Silver Medal at 2009 GABF (Yeti) and two Bronze Medals (Hoss, Old Ruffian) and earlier in 2010 a Bronze medal for Hoss in the World Beer Cup. Wow... impressive!

Brad's Taste:

Hades- good beer, smooth and light, but with a crispness not found in a lot of Belgian Golden Ales.  The ABV on this is high (7.3) but leaves no alcohol taste.

Hoss - This is a complex beer with a lot going on.  Nothing overpowering creates a nice smooth beer, this Rye beer has more flavor than the typical rye flavor.  I can certainly understand why this has won a few awards in the past two years!

Denver Pale Ale (DPA)- This is heavier than the typical Pale Ale.  Full flavor but not as light, I'm really finding a collection of good pale ale's in Colorado (Dale's, Midsummers) but now how do I find them in NYC?

Rumble IPA- Oak aged IPA that is light on hoppiness and heavier on vanilla.  This is a interesting take on a IPA with less focus on the hops and more focus on the flavors that compliment them.

Smoked Baltic Porter- This is a awesome beer.  The smoky blends perfectly with the smoothness of the porter, a lot of flavor and range in a single pint.

Graham's Tastes:

Samurai - I'm not usually a huge golden/blonde ale type of guy, but this one was pretty quality.  Smooth with a golden refreshing flavor that went with the August temperatures outside.

Hercules Double IPA - This Imperial/Double IPA is big and hoppy.  As a self-proclaimed hop-head I fell in love immediately.  After having a sample I order a whole pint of it so I could keep that flavor rolling.

Yeti Imperial Stout - The stickers with the picture of a Yeti that read "Believe" aren't the only great thing about this stout.  It is full of flavor from roasted malts to a tad bit of coffee.  It is smooth and still packs a big stout punch.

The Great Divide Tasting Room is located at 2201 Arapahoe Road, Denver, CO 80205 [googlemaps,0,16728202394686972799&ei=RFeWTI3JIcWclgfOyN2nCg&ved=0CCEQnwIwAQ&hnear=&ll=39.753671,-104.988568&spn=0.006295,0.006295&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Tap Room is Open:

Sunday - Tuesday : 2p - 8p Wednesday - Saturday : 2p - 10p

Tours available : 3p and 4p Monday - Friday, 2p - 7p (Every hour on the hour) Saturday, and 2p - 5p (on the hour) Sundays