“Does this Homebrews32 kid even brew beer? We’ve never seen any damn proof!” – Every TeamChug reader ever.
My answer? Hell. Yes. I. Do. And it’s about time I start a Homebrew category on TeamChug.com, because why the hell not?! Is all of the information I’ll show ya all over the internet? Most likely, how do you think I learned it? What’s different about how I’ll display it, though, is I’ll do it with some damn flare and try my best not to bore the shit out of you like every other post about homebrewing that’s ever been written. There will be equipment tips, building tips, batch recipes, and of course, chugs.
All of that being said, welcome to the new section of our site, Homebrewing!
Initially we were going to post a 3000-word homage to Anderson Valley’s Heelch O’Hops for winning the 2014 Chug Madness tournament, but we only got 2 sentences in before we realized that the only proper way to pay tribute was by chugging a few of them. So without further ado, here’s PoopThoughts and Homebrews32 tossing back a 4-pack in 15 seconds.
The Final Four is complete! All of your votes have been tallied, and the two beers who will be battling for the title of Team Chug Super Elite Champion have been determined. We had ourselves a blowout, and a nail biter. Two games that really could have gone either way, because all four beers brought a different strength to the table, but only two beers will be moving on. Here is their story.
Region: Gentle Giants Chugger:Homebrews32 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.
Region: Hop Monsters Chugger:Homebrews32 Favorite:Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale is an absolute beast. It’s held a spot as a “Chug of the Month” and definitely has a shot to make it to the finals. Something that might hurt is that even though Stone is very well known, most go for their IPA, and not this higher octane offering. Upset Special: So round 1 is a close match up between Deviant Dale’s and Raging Bitch, but if Deviant Dale’s pulls out a win, I can see it stirring things up in Chug Madness. Oskar Blues has a lot of avid supporters, so if they come out and play this is gonna go far. Cinderella:Green Flash West Coast IPA is sitting in the 7-seed (honestly it should be higher), so it’s pinned up against a tough 2-seed to start in Heelch O’Hops. If it pulls a win in round 1, I could see it making the Elite Eight or maybe further, because it’s more well known than most brews in this bracket. If you haven’t had a West Coast IPA then you haven’t had what an IPA is supposed to taste like.