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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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Daily Beer Calendar March 1st - 8th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Ah March... Spring Training starts - the weather improves, March Madness for College Basketball, and of course the Daily Beer Calendar Poll, it's what I get up for in the morning...

March 1st - Maudite

This is the third bre from Unibroue Brewery in Chambly, Canada and for good reason.  Unibroue has quite the rep in the craft brewing community and the Beer Friends certainly enjoyed their taste at the Good Sh*t Event at Rattle N Hum.

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March 2nd - Coopers Best Extra Stout

Coopers Brewery Ltd., Regency Park, South Australia, Australia

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March 3rd - Rahsaan Roland Kirk Bright Moments Stritch Stout

Angel City Brewing, Torrance, California

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March 4th - Shiner Commemorator

Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, Texas

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March 5th - Schlafly Coffee Stout

The Saint Louis Brewery, St. Louis, Missouri

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March 6th - Tsingtao

Tsingtao Brewery Ltd., Tsingdao, China

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March 7th - Russian River Damnation Golden Ale

Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, California

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March 8th - Downtown Brown

Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe, Eureka, California

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Daily Beer Calendar Feb 14th-20th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Nothing says love more than ignoring that girlfriend/boyfriend and going online to TheBeerFriends.com to vote on some beers!  This week we (again) travel all over for a variety of styles!  Beer!  Democracy! February 14th - Sapporo Reserve Remember the last time you went to that half off sushi joint, sake bombs and a Sapporo chaser?  Don't be mistaken... this ain't the same beer - this one has Reserve on the Label...

Sapporo Reserve

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February 15th - Newcastle Brown Ale

Unlike Sapporo Reserve, Newcastle Brown Ale is a easy to find beer - but unlike the Bud's and Coors Lights - this beer is worth a try.  From Newcastle Federation Breweries Ltd. in Dunston, England this brew is legendary so we hope voting numbers are high on this one. (With a awesome website if I do say so myself...)

Newcastle Brown Ale

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February 16th - Allagash White Ale

From Japan to Enlgand to Portland, Maine for a Belgian beer from Allagash Brewing Company.  Allagash sticks to what they do best, which is Belgian brews and we thank them for that...

Allagash White Ale

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February 17th - Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

Like Newcastle Brown Ale, Young's Luxury Chocolate Stout can be found in the states in multiple places.  From the Wells & Young Brewing Company Ltd. in Bedford, England this Chocolate Stout is world famous for it's use of real chocolate in the brewing process.  This probably should've been the February 14th Beer of the Day... right ladies?

Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

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February 18th - Schlafly Kolsch

Schlafly Kolsch comes from The Saint Louis Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri

Schlafly Kolsch

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February 19th - Drifter Pale Ale

Drifter Pale Ale comes from Portland, Oregon from the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

Drifter Pale Ale

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February 20th - Stoudts American Pale Ale

Doubling up on the Pale Ale's, today's Beer of the Day is from Stoudts Brewing Company from Adamstown, Pennsylvania.  The Beer Friends have reviewed some products from Stoudts, their American Pale Ale is their most popular beer for ten years running.

American Pale Ale

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Daily Beer Calendar February 8-13

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! These next few days the Beer Calendar racks up the miles in multiple countries and multiple styles... vote and check back often for results.

February 8th - Twisted Thistle IPA for Belhaven Brewery Company in Dunbar, Scotland.  Last time we visited Dunbar for the Belhaven Brewery Company it was for a malty brew that reminded you of a good highland scotch whiskey - now it's for a IPA.  Challenger and Cascade are the main hops used but the full malt flavor is what stands out.

Twisted Thistle IPA

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February 9th - Provo Girl Pilsner from Squatters Pub and Brewery in Park City, Utah.  What else would you expect from Utah but a basic beer! Although the state of Utah mandates that beer be kept around 4% ABV, this Bavarian style Pilsner has enough taste to forget all that.

Provo Girl Pilsner

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February 10th - Kostritzer Schwarzbier from Kostritzer Schwarzbier Brewery in Kostritz/Thuringen, Germany.  That was a mouthful and the beer description doesn't get any better "a black beer with a blonde soul"... What?!?!  Guess we'll have to try one to figure it all out. (Check out the brewery link for a awesome way to drink away your sickness!)

Kostritzer Schwarzbier

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February 11th - Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewery in Juneau, Alaska.  This brewery is always impressive and continues to upset me that we can't get there stuff in NYC.  This session beer is dominated by the malts but not the bitterness of most Kolsch beers.

Alaskan Summer Ale

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February 12th - Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue Brewery in Chambly, Canada.  The Beer Friends enjoyed a afternoon drinking Unibroue brews and this pale gold beer is one of their staples.

Blanche De Chambly

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February 13th - Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Canada, Toronto, Canada.  If you're a hockey fan, click the "I've had this beer" box.  Enough said.

Molson Canadian Lager

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New York City Good Beer Month: Rattle n' Hum Cool Sh#t Review

Graham

Yesterday afternoon a couple of The Beer Friends made their way over to Rattle n' Hum (33rd st. just East of 5th ave) for their "Cool Sh#t Event."  This event featured four very unique and eccentric breweries from some unexpected places.  Unibroue and Dieu Du Ciel hail from Canada, Jolly Pumpkin is out of Michigan(correction), USA and Nogne O (pronounced Nog) comes all the way from Norway. The brews were very surprising and unique.  Read on to find out what we had and what we thought of the beers and the event itself!

Graham's Brews

Nogne O IPA

It tastes like this brew is appropriately hopped but as soon as they show up at the front they are dominated by an extremely malty, resinous flavor. Very interesting brew that will leave you thinking about how the Vikings must have felt as they imbibed it on their way to sack some poor English village.

Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga

Rugged. It's hard to describe this beer beyond that. Malts are there and they give it a rugged Michigan flavor. However, it stays refreshing and drinkable throughout. Don't want to forget the tartness that stays with you and gives it that extra ruggedness. Like the Minnesota wilderness.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Woah. This brew is like getting beat up by three different Belgian dudes who are carrying three different items: cocoa, ripe fruit and roasted malts. They come in quick, rough you up and run away fast. It finishes that quickly leaving you wondering what just happened, how much you enjoyed it (sicko) and where you can get more.

Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel

Strong coffee malts give this beer a great dark color and flavor. The surprise comes at the end with a lingering sweetness that is very refreshing and peachy.

Nogne O Sunturnbrew

This is a sweet smoked barleywine where the sweetness is not overpowering due to it's fruity nature. The fruit resembles a date or a plum and it is an enjoyable way to mask the 11% abv.  The taste stays with you well after your first sip and it really makes you feel like celebrating like a Viking after the raid on that poor English village.

Brad's Take

Watching World Cup - awesome Tilapia lunch special and now onto the beers...

Nogne Saison - 1st Taste - pretty bland Saison - not terribly spicy doesn't mean bad but certainly doesn't celebrate Spring after the long months of Winter.

Nogne #100 - 2nd - listed as a American Imperial IPA but the first taste make it seem like a porter or stout, upon further review it smooths out but still doesn't have the hoppy kick of a typical IPA.

Nogne Porter - 3rd - hints of Chocolate dominate the aftertaste of this well balanced Porter.  Although we went for the 4 oz flights- I could definitely drink a full pint of this.

Dieu Du Ciel - Aphrodite - 4th - this beer takes me back to my childhood, not the Coors Light my mother used to pack in my lunchbox (I love you mom!) - but the nestle quik chocolate milk powder I used to drop in the Tupperware cup afterschool.  Very smooth and no hint of the 6.5 ABV.