San Francisco's Barebottle Brewing Company Releases LeBron Tears IPA

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06:  JR Smith #5 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react to a call against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Barebottle Brewing Company is trolling Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James with its latest beer release.

On Instagram, Barebottle Brewing Company revealed that it named its new IPA "LeBron Tears" following the Golden State Warriors' sweep of the Cavs in the NBA Finals.

In its description of the beer, Barebottle Brewing Company specifically mentioned LeBron's reaction to JR Smith's blunder in Game 1:

"Little known fact: KD, Steph, and Klay take opposing teams' hopes and dreams, and turn them into soul crushing 3-pointers. We took the tears from Sir James' Game 1 loss and distilled them into a hazy IPA, just for you. We also decided that Tears pair well with Mosaic hops. Sad!"

Smith seemingly thought the Cavs were leading in the closing seconds of regulation and dribbled out the ball after rebounding a missed free throw.

That led to the Cavs losing by 10 in overtime, and it also elicited an emotional reaction from James that went viral and became the subject of myriad memes.

Barebottle isn't alone in its trolling of LeBron, as Warriors forward Draymond Green wore a shirt to Golden State's championship parade that did the same.

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Green's shirt depicted the hand of cartoon aardvark Arthur donning three championship rings with the caption "mood" under it. That was a play on an Instagram post made by James earlier in the season.

LeBron may be the best player in the world, but the trolling spoils go to the victors and those who support them, including Barebottle Brewing Company.

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