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BFF4 Round 4: #elite8

Beerfriend Paul

After a bit of a hiatus, we are back to finish the 2013 Beer Friends Final 4! We have 3 rounds left to go, this round will decide which beer wins each region and moves on to the Final Four!

If you need some help deciding you can click on the links to each video for our “expert” opinion. If you’d like to tell us why one of these beers should win over the other you can tweet us @thebeerfriends or find us on Facebook. it won’t help that beer win any but we’ll enjoy it.

EAST REGION

#1 vs #2

In a craft beer culture that is still very hop heavy, this final match up in the East Region we have two brews that are famous for something other than hops..  Cigar City Maduro Brown is a "Northern English style Brown Ale" that is very malt heavy creating a very deep complex brown ale that brings a sweet subtle flavor to a deep dark beer.  Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce comes from Yards Brewing Company and brings the great history of American brewing to present day. Made from an old recipe by Ben Franklin, this brew brings the style of a spruce ale to present day while preserving the history of our forefather's brewing style.

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MIDWEST

#1 vs #10

After facing brews from Founder's in every round of this tournament so far, Left Hand Milk Stout faces its biggest challenge yet.   Founder's Curmudgeon's Better Half Brings the flavor of Founder's Curmudgeon and adds the innovation of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout.  Aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, Curmudgeon's Better Half adds a boozy sweetness to this already delicious Old Ale, it's a big beer with a big flavor. The question is will it be enough for Founder's Brewing to finally overthrow Left Hand's Milk Stout?

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WEST REGION

#1 vs #6

This match up has come down to two brews that are famous for their similarities, hops and cans.  However, what sets them apart will surely be where you cast your vote.  First we have Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale which brings a nice 6.5 abv with its 65 IBU's, this brew brings a strong hop flavor to this dangerously drinkable pale ale.  On the other side of this bracket we have 21st Amendment Bitter American.  With it's 4.4 abv and 42 IBU's 21st Amendment brings a brew that is mellow in comparison but doesn't sacrifice any of the flavor.  Will the popular hoppy pale ale take this round, or will the tasty session ale be the one to move on?

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NY/CA REGION

#4 vs #10

This is the battle of fresh hops vs wet hops! The concept of fresh/wet hops is similar, but there is a difference; there is a great explanation of it on Sierra Nevada's website. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011) brings us fresh hops from New Zealand.  Basic run down of fresh hops (if you don't know) is the hops are picked, then dried, and then put into the brew within 7 days. Sixpoint Autumnation brings the wet hops which are hops that are undried, in their natural form, and put into the brew within 24 hours. Which of these hopping styles will be victorious and lead their brew to the #final4?

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BFF4 Round 3: #Sweet16 Part 2

Beerfriend Paul

Today we finish up the second half of Round 3! Voting goes thorough the weekend, Round 4 to start Monday! If you need some help deciding you can click on the links to each video for our “expert” opinion. If you’d like to tell us why one of these beers should win over the other you can tweet us @thebeerfriends or find us on Facebook. it won’t help that beer win any but we’ll enjoy it.

WEST REGION

#1 vs #5

In this battle of Colorado we have 2 beers that are aggressive when it comes to hops.  Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale has been a trailblazer in the craft beer community for a long time; this well hopped pale ale was America's first hand-canned craft beer, and even though it calls itself a pale ale it packs a much larger punch.  It has its work cut out for it as it goes up against Breckenridge 471 Small Batch IPA.  This 9.2 abv double IPA packs in the hops and claims to bring "big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had." This is a match up the hop heads should enjoy.

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#6 vs #15

21st Amendment Bitter American is an "extra pale session ale" that brings a flavor you would expect form a much heavier brew.  It goes up against New Belgium 1554 which is an "enlightened black ale." Coming out in 1999, 1554 sets the bar for the newer fad of black beers that have come out the past few years.

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NY/CA REGION

#1 vs #4

Lagunitas Censored Rich Copper ale brings the smooth malty flavor of this deep red ale to battle against the fresh hops of Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest (2011). These very different styles bring very different flavors to this battle of California.

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#6 vs #10

This battle of East vs West gives us two brews meant for the last 3 months of the year.  Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye is a spicy darker IPA that was brewed for the cooler months later in the year. Sixpoint Autumnation is a harvest ale in the truest sense of the style.  Here we have a beer brewed with pumpkin and spice that help frame the main attraction in this beer, the fresh harvested "wet hops." Each year Sixpoint chooses a different strain of hops for this ale, The Beer Friends reviewed the 2011 version.

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 17, 2012

Graham

We are all looking ahead to this Friday, when NYC Craft Beer Week officially kicks off at craft beer bars and restaurants across the 5 boroughs.  Check back here later this week for The Beer Friends top choices for NYCBW.  Here are a few events for the week to keep you occupied as you wait. Tuesday, February 19 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Cellar Raid @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

When it comes to Jimmy's No. 43, one of the oldest craft beer bars in NYC, the most coveted part of the bar is not what's coming out of the taps but what's beneath them:  the cellar beer.  They'll be breaking out some of their cellar favorites for your drinking desires tonight for a bit pricier than usual ($20) but well worth the cost.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at downstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, February 20 - Kelso, Empire and Single Cut at $10 Tasting @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Idle Hands has had a special theme this month for their Wednesday night $10 Tasting events:  New York Breweries in anticipation of the upcoming NYC Beer Week (Feb 22).  This week they are featuring Kelso (of Brooklyn), Empire (of Syracuse) and Single Cut (of Queens).  You'll get 3 pours, one brew from each brewery, a whiskey/bourbon sampling, other beer samples, an order of tots and a special pairing of Jarlsberg Hickory Smoked Cheese and you get to do all this while hanging with brewers and representatives from each brewery and the damn fine gentlemen that run the bar.

Here are the brews:

Keslo Beer Co – Rauchbier Empire Brewing – Amber SingleCut Beer – Beer 18 Watt IPA

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, February 21 - 8th Annual Sixpoint Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Sixpoint has been taking over the taps at one of their favorite Brooklyn beer bars for 8 years and the folks at Bierkraft are thrilled to have them back.  They'll be tapping some of the usuals (Bengali, Sweet Action, Righteous), some rare (Mad Scientist and more) and new (3Bean!).  Head on over this Thursday to hang with the Sixpoint brewers and drink many of their delicious brews.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 2!

Brad

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 hashtagbattle.com 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 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 Two - Tampa Bay Bucs at New York Giants (#cigarcitybeer vs #sixpoint)

Well, hopefully that week and a half off was long enough to give Giants' fans faith in football again. The NY media took the loss well (sarcasm) but haven't called for two-time World Champion coach Tom Coughlin to be fired... yet. The G-Men are like a college team with the NY media playing the role of nervous boosters. Even when they win it might not be enough. But the defending Super Bowl champions aren't about to freak out. It's a long season and even though their boosters aren't thrilled with the "weak" one performance, at least they don't make the back page as often as that party school with a NY logo (everyone needs a safety school right?). Just wait until Mark Sanchez plays like, well, Mark Sanchez rather than Tom Brady -- the NY Giants won't have to worry about the media at all. The "TEBOW, TEBOW, TEBOW" will be heard all the way back at USC.

Sixpoint Craft Ales has grown up right in front of our face. Remember when you could only find them on draft at a few local craft beer bars, then Sweet Action started showing up everywhere. Then came cans, seasonals, double IPA's, nanokeg holders and next, the WORLD! Sixpoint has always been a favorite (we try to review all their stuff and usually gush like a sophomore girl talking to the Senior QB) and we are excited to watch its continued growth, with hopefully no Page 6 drama!

For the Tampa Bay Bucs, it was a tough three years. When the team hired young Raheem Morris, they became a hot pick, with an energetic coach, Bill Simmons's boyfriend Josh Freeman at QB, and an MMA running back, while playing in the always-in-flux NFC South. The Bucs hopes flew high with a 10-6 record in 2010, finishing just outside of the playoffs. But by the end of 2011, it was a team with no identity that quit on its coach. That cute, young talented team experienced a slump worse than Oasis (still the greatest band British band since the Beatles!) and ended at the bottom of the NFC South with a 4-12 record. Now, hope springs eternal. A new coach and a big free agent WR (the University of Northern Colorado's single greatest athlete) lead the charge and with a scary defensive line the Bucs looked poised for a turn around reminiscent of coach Greg Schiano's last job at Rutgers. I can't wait until the Bucs start scheduling Pittsburgh for their homecoming game.

Cigar City is a dynamite brewery who just invaded The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen. With a solid IPA in Jai Alai (which I have enjoyed many times this week), the brewery experiments with different aging processes and every one turns out fantastic. Add Maduro Brown, a delicious malt beverage, aged with Vanilla and a Cucumber Saison - I'm in love. Maybe the solid basic recipe (run game) and a little aging (maturity) is just the answer for a successful franchise.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 26th - September 1st

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Another week, another week of beer events... check it!

Monday August 27th - 

In the craft beer world movement to get local, we find Rockaway Brewing Company , a company so local they deliver their kegs via bicycle!  This brewery pairs up with Jimmy's No. 43 and  Queens County Farm Museum to provide a small tasting where you can try this 2 barrel microbrewery and find out a little more about the Queens County Farm Museum in a fun filled evening of food pairing and local drinking.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E 7th St., New York, NY

Tuesday August 28th - 

Sticking with the local breweries theme, Kelso of Brooklyn (click here for location, new website for Kelso coming soon) is serving up suds at The Brazen Head in Brooklyn.  Kelso brews are 4 dollars from 6pm to 8pm so plan accordingly.  Beers being served are:

Kelso Saison Kelso Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA Kelso Pilsner Kelso Industrial IPA Kelso Nut Brown

The Brazen Head is located at 228 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday August 29th - 

While Idle Hands Bar is doing its wonderful $10 Tastings with Harpoon Brewery (including a full pour of UFO Pumpkin), across the island of Manhattan The Blind Tiger is hosting Great Divide Brewing Company with delicious pours including: a few Yeti's (Chocolate Oak-Aged, 2011 Belgian, and Cask Oak-Aged) and a personal favorite - Smoked Baltic Porter.  Be sure to get there early because the Blind Tiger Ale House always fills up quickly.

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B

Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street

Thursday August 30th - 

The Growler Station jumped on the Beer Friends radar in a big way.  Excellent pours, great bottle section and a very knowledgable staff (they even have a cool website!) all makes for a great beer hangout.  On Thursday they prove their awesome-ness by hosting Kelso with special pours of Kellerfest and Imperial Pumpkin (tis the season).

The Growler Station is located at 26 W 8th St.

Friday August 31st -

Take the night off, seriously.  Eat a salad and preserve those calories for tomorrow...

Saturday September 1st - 

Pig Island - and this ain't to Lord of the Flies theme park.  Pig Island is in its 3rd Year of serving up all you can eat pork and delicious brews (partly sponsored by Sixpoint).  Honestly this blog can't do justice enough to this great event, you just have to check out the website for more information and to by tickets.

New York Beer Events for the Week of August 20th - 25th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We know why you've come here today, just sit back and let us plan your week of beer swigging events...

Monday August 20th -

Murray's Cheese is a locals favorite of most New Yorkers - legendary on Bleecker, I recently had a true New Yorker get so excited that "Murray's now sells beer!" As if the craft beer revolution was now official in his mind.  Well, those of us who've been following for quite some time welcome Murray's Cheese to the table and let's see what they got!  On Monday, August 20th, Murray's Cheese pairs with the Shelton Brothers to present "Belgian Beers and Cheese" - the problem is (with Murray's being new to the craft beer scene - we're very cheap) it's $75 to get in and availability is limited (10 seats for this class).

Murray's Cheese is located at 254 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Tuesday August 21st -

Who doesn't like a little competition?  If there is one thing New Yorkers do well is tell you how great New York is, and we love to prove it.  So head down to Mission Dolores for their NY vs CA Can Beer Night.  Representing CA are breweries such as: Bear Republic, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, 21st Amendment, Stone, Lagunitas and Green Flash.  Representing NY are breweries such as: Southern Tier, Sixpoint, Kelso, Barrier, Empire, Brooklyn Brewery, and Captain Lawrence.  So make your list of great NY things, and stuff from California you can crap on - and head on down!

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 

Wednesday August 22nd -

The baseball season is winding down and most fans have realized whether or not they have a chance for the off-season.  This means that now baseball games actually start to mean something!  Standings is celebrating it by having a few baseball themed beers on tap including Green Monsta Ale from Wachusett Brewing Co. (it doesn't suck like the Sox this year...) and Summer Love from Victory (see the Sox comment and apply to Phillies).  Best thing about Standings? It's directly above Jimmy's No. 43 so make it a doubleheader!

Standings Bar is located at 43 East 7th St., New York, NY

If this doesn't sound interesting - check out Mad River Brewery at Blind Tiger.  Be sure to get there early, the event starts at 3pm and fills up quickly!

Blind Tiger is located at 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Thursday August 23rd - 

Bierkraft is legendary in Craft Beer in New York City - so when they invite a "new comer" like Barrier it must be a big deal.  Well, that's partly true - Barrier Brewing Co. is a really big deal.  Barrier started just three years ago in a 1 barrel facility, yada yada yada... a few awards later they've expanded to a five barrel facility in Oceanside, NY.  If you see them around, try their stuff - if you haven't - get to Bierkraft on Thursday when Barrier takes over the taps.

Bierkraft is located at 191 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Feel like playing some video games?  Check out the greatest idea for a bar since... well ever - at Barcade in Williamsburg.  Barcade has a excellent draft list (always) and this Thursday they invite Flying Dog from Maryland.  In addition to their great year round beers (Gonzo, Snake Bite IPA), the draft list looks very dangerous, so bring your wits and your quarters.

Barcade Brooklyn is located at 388 Union Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Friday August 24th - 

It's Friday!  Find a Happy Hour and enjoy yourself!  Be sure to check in on untappd.com and follow us at @thebeerfriends, @beerfriendbrad, @beerfriendphil, @beerfriendpaul, and @beerfriendgrahm and let us know what you're drinking!

Beer Review 123: Sixpoint Apollo

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This weeks SPotW is part of the seasonal series from Sixpoint Craft Ales in Redhook, Brooklyn.  It's no secret that the Beer Friends love Sixpoint and love what they are doing with their cans.  The art, the size (tallboys) and the quality is a great look in to a craft brewery growing and improving their brand daily.  In honor of the recent Olympics - SPOILER ALERT:  This is a Bavarian style wheat beer with Belgian roots - guess who's gonna hate it? Sixpoint! Nanokegs! Sun God!

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Sixpoint Reviews: Bengali Tiger Growler - Bengali Tiger - Sweet Action - The Crisp - Righteous Ale - Diesel - Autumnation - Resin

Beer Review 106: Sixpoint Resin

Brad

Hello Beer Friend Nation! In the Beer Friends constant effort to drink everything Sixpoint produces - we occasionally video tape ourselves doing it.  This week we tried the very sought after Resin, a Double IPA that was just announced as a year round brew from Sixpoint.  Sixpoint has always been known for doing killer stuff on draft and last year they started selling their stuff in Nanokegs.  This turned back the clock for the Beer Friends  and every new can or design was like diving into a new pack of baseball cards.  Be sure to check out our other Sixpoint reviews below the video.  Sixpoint! Double/Imperial! #Nanokegs!

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Bengali Tiger from Draft - Bengali Tiger - Sweet Action - Righteous Ale - The Crisp - Autumnation - Diesel

Beer Review 100: Sixpoint Diesel

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! "I'd like to thank my friends and family, those that supported me in low times, thank you Gigi, my little girls watching at home and most of all the academy, thank you!"  It needs a little work, but we had barely any time to work on it (or about 100 weeks...)  We made it.  100 reviews.  100 videos of a "bunch of boring dudes drinking beer on camera."  This week we return to one of our favorite breweries - Sixpoint from Redhook, Brooklyn.  The Beer Friends have always been huge fans of Sixpoint and it was like Christmas when we could get their stuff in cans.  We quickly ran out and reviewed our favorites, our new favorites, newer beers to Sixpoint, old standby's, and their first seasonal.  Now this Black IPA/Stout mix - Diesel comes along and confuses some people on it's exact style and admittingly the Beer Friends were confused as well - until we went to the source and sought out the truth.  Thanks to all the viewers out there who caught us for the first 100, and keep watching for the second 100!

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Beer Review 86: Sixpoint Autumnation

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Well we reviewed the original Sixpoint four (Bengali Tiger, Righteous Rye, Crisp, Sweet Action) and now we move to the seasonals.  First up is Autumnation, a wet-hopped pumpkin spiced ale.  We cannot confirm if this uses a similar recipe as last years pumpkin ale from Sixpoint Pumpkin Brewster (best name ever) but we can confirm that they brew with hops, a lot of them.  Grab a can and check it out for yourself!  Sixpoint!  Five Cans!  Pumpkin!

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