The Sweet Sixteen has been set! Round 1 brought us some thrills. Great beers fell by the wayside, and some underdogs made huge upsets. A total of over 180 votes have been tallied, the results are in, and we have ourselves 16 amazing beers moving on towards greatness.
Round 1 Recap:
Stories of Perfection
Stone Self-Righteous came into battle against the play-in winner, Victory Headwaters Pale Ale. Honestly Victory never had a shot in this match up, and it was proven when it got swept by Stone. Top seed beats the bottom seed, nothing new here, but it was a landslide.
Dale’s Pale Ale whooped up on Ska Modus Hoperandi. We expected a few votes for Modus, being a solid brew that was coming in as a 6-Seed, but it got dragged around by the balls and tossed to the curb. Bravo Dale, bravo. See you in the Sweet Sixteen.
A few of the games were decided by 1 vote. Stone Ruination IPA beat out Bell’s Two Hearted by only one vote. Both fierce competitors, but Stone had the backing to keep Ruination in the mix. Lucky for them, they have a few beers left in the bracket, in fact we’ll see a Stone vs Stone match up in Round 2.
Victory Golden Monkey hung in there by a thread, too, holding strong to beat out Founder’s Breakfast Stout. Founder’s was a tough competitor and a hell of a beer. I’ll tell ya, just because it lost hear doesn’t mean I won’t be buying it again…great brew.
Upsets…not so surprising..these are all great brews..
7-Seed Oskar Blues Ten Fidy showed that it had what it took to kick Odell IPA out of the bracket for good. 2-Seed Odell looked promising, and is one of PoopThoughts’ favorite beers, but Oskar Blues fans spoke and Ten Fidy will live to see another day.
Uinta Hop Notch came in as a 6-Seed and faced a VERY strong competitor in Lagunitas Maximus IPA (one of my favorite beers). This one wasn’t even close. Uinta fans are listening, and they want to see this beer take the win. This match up received by FAR the most overall votes of the first round…if I were any other brewery I’d be afraid to match up against Uinta.
Round 2 – The Sweet Sixteen has shaped up to be one hell of a round. The Beach Beauties bracket has a Stone VS. Stone match up, who will win? Oaked Arrogant Bastard or Ruination IPA? Over in the Mighty Mountains bracket we’re bringing you an Oskar Blues vs Oskar Blues, Ten Fidy vs Dale’s Pale Ale match up. The Hop Monster bracket has 4 beers remaining that are 4 of my favorite beers that I’ve reviewed so far. Lastly, The Gentle Giants bracket had NO upsets, so the 4 favorites have moved on and they’re ready to start throwing knock out punches.
The games will be played, the votes will be tallied, and we will have an Elite Eight for you by the beginning of next week. Keep your eyes peeled this week and help your favorite beer move on in this insanity that we’ve dubbed Chug Madness. Feast your eyes upon Round 2, the Sweet Sixteen, of Chug Madness!
Region: Gentle Giants
Favorite: Avery Brewing Ellie’s Brown Ale is probably the best brown ale I’ve ever had. Period. This bracket is representative of those beers that aren’t overloaded with hops. Browns, belgians, stouts, etc. That being said, this beer nails it’s style more than the rest. It’s weakness: I had never tried an Avery brew before this one. It’s highly available, but I don’t feel it’s too well known. Hopefully it proves me wrong, because this beer should go far.
Upset Special: Founder’s Breakfast Stout has a tough match up to start being pinned against a beast in Victory Golden Monkey. That being said, I feel that Founder’s has a pretty good following. Their Breakfast Stout is one of their top beers, and even though it’s seasonal, it has potential to throw some knock out blows in this bracket.
Cinderella: You wouldn’t normally hear of a 3-Seed being listed as a “Cinderella”, but it’s certainly the case here. Cambridge Brewing Company is a very local brewery, so they don’t have a huge footprint, but Audacity of Hops is one hell of a brew. I feel that even though it hasn’t graced the taste buds of a lot of Americans, those who have had the chance to try it might push it along through this Chug Madness tournament.