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Hashtag Battle Week Eleven!


Hello Beer Friends Nation!

In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season 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 (#boulevardbrewing vs #harpoon), 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. We're starting on Sunday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Eleven - Kansas City Chiefs (#boulevardbrewing) vs New England Patriots (#harpoon)

This one is kept all in the family.  A few years back (Denver fans try not to remember) the Patriots coaching/management tree blew up and went in search for their own riches out west.  Josh McDaniels ended up at Denver with the HC and GM title, and a 11-17 record (remember when Denver started 6-0, yeah then 5-17 afterwards).  Scott Pioli ended up in Kansas City and grabbed Todd Haley fresh off the Arizona Cardinals Superbowl run.  Scott and Todd are still in KC, barely.  This season has been rough for the manager and coach, losing key players to injuries but also exposing gaps in personel that poor drafts and free agent signings have developed.  Kansas City started the year awful, then won 4 in a row to head atop the lowly AFC West, then lost to Denver and Miami.  Move over Six Flags, the Chiefs season is the best ride in KC and doesn't look to stop anytime soon.  Boulevard Brewing is the best thing Kansas City has going.  The Brewmaster (John McDonald) was just honored with Brewmaster of the Year and in this years GABF in Denver Boulevard won two golds (Pale Ale and Saison-Brett) and two bronze (Zon and Collaboration No. 2) medals.  So Boulevard is achieving what the Chiefs are working towards, maybe a little coaching can help these two become Hashtag Battle champions.

New England was left in the dust - They lost their GM (Pioli) and offensive guru (McDaniels) and rumors were that Belichick was losing it.  The New England Patriots are 30 - 11 since they left.  However, the Pats are still looking for that Playoff win.  This is the ultimate team - even the big superstar (Tom Brady) doesn't tweet after every game and Ochocinco has dialed it down a notch (similar to his receptions).  With the big money spending and free agent signings in Philly and New York (A), New England quietly does what they do best - win.  Harpoon has always been a winner.  Although Sam Adams seems to be beer king in the Northeast, Harpoon is actually the first brewery to operate out of Massachusetts.  Harpoon is a great brewery with deep roots and a very enjoyable tour.  If both of these guys continue their winning ways I don't see how they can ever be stopped - unless certain laws pass in Massachusetts that would kill local breweries not producing over half of their grains.

BFF4 - Graham and Phil's Sweet Sixteen Brackets


Here it is.  This tournament just got serious - East vs. West style.  The best of the Northeast's breweries are taking on their arch-rivals on the West Coast for total beer supremacy in the Sweet 16 of this years Beer Friends Final Four Tournament.  Click on through to Vote!  











Northeast Region - Sweet 16 (Graham's Brackets)

To say that the Northeast Brackets have been topsy-turvy is an understatement.  It's been a whirlwind of ups and downs, upsets and close calls.  Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger, the Northeast favorite for the tournament with the #1 seed has continued their winning streak onto the 3rd round but is now facing their toughest opponent:  Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  Liquid Gold has played far better than anyone else in the tournament so far with decisive victories over #5 ranked Sam Adams Noble Pils and #4 ranked Smuttynose IPA, two other favorite East Coast contenders.  Can Captain Lawrence take to another round with what would be the biggest upset on their road to the championship?

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Game 2 of the Northeast Sweet 16 round is an all out New England battle.  These two brews are looking to tip the scales on the New York domination on this branch of the bracket and they are gunning for each other with the chance to do it.  Will the Green Mountains of Vermont be celebrating after this weekend as Long Trail's Hibernator rolls into the Elite 8 or will the beaches of Cape Cod be Red...not with sunburns but with their own 'hoods Cape Cod Red.  Massachusetts or Vermont?  It's a #2 vs. #3 matchup and the choice couldn't be tougher.  Throw in your say below and help your favorite beer with a New England accent get to the next round.

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West Region - Sweet 16 (Phil's Brackets)

Time for the West to show it's stuff!!!  These are the crucial times where we decide which beer is our best bet to take on the rest of the country!  what?  too Braveheart?  should i put blue makeup and a kilt on?  anyway....We have four contenders up for the righteous honor of carrying the West into the Beer Friends Final Four!  We've had a pretty regular season so far, but now we're down to the wire, the next two games are shaping the fate of the Western region:

First up we have the 1 vs 5 pitting Sierra Nevada Torpedo against Speakeasy's Big Daddy IPA!  Both have been strong showings in the previous rounds, Sierra Nevada defeating Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Speakeasy taking out Rogue's Mocha Porter and Stone's Collaboration Saison!  But you, YOU decide the fate of these two great brews, vote below to make sure your favorite takes it to the next round:

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Next up we have the 7 vs 11 round!  Two of my favorite contenders going head to head, only one to come out on top:  We have Rogue Brewery's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout verses Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard!  Two absolute power houses taking each other to the mats to determine who will continue on to the next round.  Neither of these brews is a surprise being here: Rogue Shakespeare taking out Green Flash IPA and Kona's Pipeline Porter to be here while Stone's Arrogant Bastard bested Anchor Brewing's Christmas ale and Sierra Nevada's home grown Estate Ale to place their flag in this the pivotal third round of competition.  Who's the best?  Who will continue on for Western dominance to represent in the Final Four?  it's up to you....Vote Now!!!

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Vote now or forever hold your peace!