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The Suds 16: Your Beer for Each Surviving NCAA Team

Beer / March 22, 2017 / No Comments.

giphyAfter three whole days without college basketball (you don’t count, NIT), the NCAA Tournament finally resumes tomorrow with the Sweet 16.

Since we know you’re going to be watching at a bar, we’re doing you the favor of suggesting the beer to pair with whatever team you’re rooting for. Goooo beer!

Michigan vs. Oregon
A matchup of two great beer states. Pull for the Wolverines with a Bell’s Two Hearted, a well-balanced IPA brewed in Kalamazoo. If you’re riding with the Ducks, go for a hoppy-as-duck Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia
Whether or not you know where Gonzaga’s located (it’s Washington), you can’t go wrong with a stout from Seattle’s Fremont Brewing. West Virginia isn’t highly seeded in the craft beer world, but try to find a beer from the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co.

Purdue vs. Kansas
Indiana knows basketball and it knows beer, too. Root on Purdue with the state’s super-highly-rated 3 Floyds Zombie Dust IPA. If you’re chanting “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” for Kansas, you should be sipping a Yakimaniac IPA from Free State Brewing.

Arizona vs. Xavier
Arizona fans, cheer on your unoriginally-named Wildcats with a very-originally-named Kilt Lifter Ale from Four Peaks. X-Men and X-Women of Xavier, rep Cincinnati with a Cincy-made Rhinegeist Hustle Red Lager.

North Carolina vs. Butler
#1 seed UNC comes from a top-ranked beer state, as well. Choose a Wicked Weed Pernicious IPA, Tar Heels fans. Butler’s another team from hoops-happy Indiana. For the Bulldogs, sip a Sun King Grapefruit Jungle, brewed in Indianapolis.

Baylor vs. South Carolina
If you’re Team Baylor in this matchup, you’ve pretty much gotta be raising a Lone Star, “the national beer of Texas.” If you’re with the Gamecocks, show it with a Westbrook Brewing Gose, brewed in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

UCLA vs. Kentucky
You may not think of beer when you think of LA, so we’re going to look slightly south and suggest a Stone IPA from down San Diego way. For Kentucky fans, we’re embracing tradition with bourbon-barrel-aged Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.

Wisconsin vs. Florida
Wisconsin loves its Leinenkugel’s, and who are we to argue? If you’re pro-Badger, lift the Leinie’s with pride. If you’re a Florida Man or Florida Woman, you’re celebrating it with a Florida Cracker Belgian White from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.

Enjoy the games and the beers, everybody!

Brews Worthy Of The Final Four

Featured Story / March 29, 2016 / No Comments.


The Final Four teams in the Men’s NCAA March Madness Tournament face off this Saturday. It would be a disgrace to their hard work and perseverance if we didn’t honor the athletes by drinking beers from their homelands. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite brews that hail from the Final Four states:

Game 1: Oklahoma Sooners v. Villanova Wildcats
Settle in for another Buddy Hield showcase. While this is sure to be a close game, and anything can happen in March (even though it will technically be April), all eyes will be on the Sooners’ guard. If you’re Team Buddy, keep an eye out for 405 Brewing. They’re a small shop in Norman, OK with some quality beers to choose from. Our favorite? Trae PA. It’s a pale ale with notes of mango and pineapple that compliment the hops.

If you’re more of a Wildcat, reach for one of the many offerings from Ardmore, PA’s Tired Hands. Keeping on the pale ale theme, we’re recommending their Hop Hands brew. It has notes of tangelo, kiwi, grapefruit and honeysuckle. You’ll be a winner whether your team wins or not.

Game 2: North Carolina Tar Heels v. Syracuse Orange
In an amazing twist of fate, the 10-seed Orange have worked their way onto the big stage. If you’re a fan of the underdogs Middle Ages Brewing Co. in Syracuse, NY has just what you need. We’re partial to their Dragonslayer Imperial Stout. Besides having a perfect name for the occasion, it’s also got that hoppy chocolate taste that we love.

If Carolina Blue is more your color, you won’t have to go far to satisfy your appetite. Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC has a flavorful and diverse catalogue to choose from. If you’re looking for something heavy, we suggest the Oatmeal Porter with hints of molasses and chocolate as your pre-game pour.

Whichever beer you choose, you’re in for a good time this Saturday.


5 Reasons to Drink This Weekend

5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend / February 6, 2015 / No Comments.


We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:

1. Syracuse Basketball: The Orange is banning itself from post-season play due to an ongoing NCAA investigation. Some support it, others question it, we’re just glad they announced it early enough to plan our brackets.

2. Brian Williams: He came clean this week about that whole Iraq helicopter story. But we’re still waiting for an apology after his daughter’s NSFW GIRLS season premiere.

3. Harper Lee: She announced that a much-anticipated second book is on the horizon. Prepare for HBO to show nothing but To Kill A Mockingbird on repeat for the next 3 months.

4. Snow: New Englanders are starting to forget what grass looks like. With record-breaking storms and more snow on the way, their only hope is a fridge full of alcohol.

5. Three Parent Babies: Starting next year, the UK is allowing the DNA of 3 different people to be used to create a baby and remove the risk of inheriting disease. And you thought finding one person to spend the night with was hard…


The Man Cave: Trade Your NCAA Bracket For Beer Pong

Beer / March 29, 2014 / No Comments.

BeerPongYou really thought you were going to be the guy to win Warren Buffet’s billion dollar bracket bet, didn’t you?


If you’re still beating yourself up over your busted bracket, we’ve heard about something pretty cool that can help you focus on more important things… like beer.


The NY Daily News reported that SeatSwap is hosting a Manhattan Madness beer pong tournament. Eight bars get paired with eight different charities and it’s a $60 buy-in if you want to get involved in the game. The $60 doesn’t cover any of your beer, but it’s for charity, man! If you win at your bar, you play in the championship (at a location that is still to be determined) on Sunday April 6.


The competition kicks off on Saturday April 5 and that is the Regional Qualifier. Here are the participating bars, their school affiliations, and charities they’re playing for:


  • Saloon (Florida State) – Wounded Warrior Project


  • Turtle Bay (Maryland) – Boomer Esiason Foundation


  • East End (Syracuse) – Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation


  • Mad River (Wisconsin) – Decker’s Dogs/Freedom Service Dogs of America


  • Brother Jimmy’s Lex (Michigan) – Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation


  • Duke’s (Texas) – TBD


  • Madhatter Saloon (Oklahoma) – TBD


If you’re interested in competing, you can register through the Manhattan Madness Crowdrise website. What’s in it for you, aside from a really fun time and knowing you’re supporting charity? The winning team at the very end takes home $5,000. It’s no billion dollar check, but we’re pretty sure you’d be thrilled to bring home some cold hard cash.



5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend

Our Stories / March 29, 2013 / No Comments.

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We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:


  1. Bacon Mouthwash: Scope has launched a bacon mouthwash… conveniently right before April 1. We all need a little mouthwash after a night of drinking, but bacon? Ew.
  2. April Fool’s Day: Speaking of, the infamous day of tricks and jokes is Monday. If we know our friends, we’ll need a drink to deal with the pranks coming our way.
  3. Bracket Busters: The upsets in this NCAA March Madness tournament are enough to make us do an extra beer run. With the way it’s going, say goodbye to any chance of winning your bracket.
  4. Game of Thrones: The insanely awesome HBO series starts up again this Sunday. Grab a beer and watch as someone undoubtedly dies or starts a war.
  5. Holidays: With Passover and Easter both being celebrated, spend time with family this weekend. But don’t forget the booze, we all know how families can be.