The Inaugural Chug Madness Champion is Crowned

23 Breweries.

36 Beers.

6 Rounds of beer-chugging action.

One champion.

A wise man once said “It’s a long way to the top, if you wanna rock n roll,” and though he may not have had a beer-chugging bracket in mind when he wrote that, I think the idea still holds true. Anderson Valley’s Heelch O’Hops had a long journey to the top, but is now forever embedded in beer-chugging history after taking down a long list of worthy adversaries en route to becoming the 2014 Chug Madness Super Elite Champion.HeelchChampionImage
Click to see how the tournament played out…

Chug Madness Round 3 – (1) Stone Self-Righteous vs (2) Anderson Valley Heelch O’Hops


Click to see the winner..

Chugs of the Month – February 2014

February was an interesting month for us here at Team Chug. We introduced our first brewery themed week with Stone Brewing. It was a hell of a week with some badass beers, Stone never fails to impress. Following that was our Fortnight of Stouts. We ventured into two straight weeks of beers that most people tip-toe around even when it comes to sipping because they’re intimidated. As professionals, we came out triumphant and chugged 8 beers for your viewing pleasure. Finally, wild card week brought you a look into what just happened to be sitting in the back of our fridge. The beers listed below have set themselves apart from the others this month. Team Chug brings you the Chugs of the Month for February 2014!

Stone Brewing Co.
Self-Righteous Ale
Chugged by Homebrews32

Some breweries use the space on the side of the bottle to tell a story. Stone brewing is one of the best when it comes to entertaining their customers, but with this beer they don’t have to. It speaks for itself. Self-Righteous Ale (Black IPA / American Black it whatever the hell you want) is a beer that literally tastes like everything. It has the perfect balance of hops, malt, citrus, chocolate, coffee, and carbonation. It seems like as they were brewing it one flavor kept overpowering the others, so they just upped the amount of everything else and kept doing so until it all balanced out and was chuck full of every ingredient that they had in the brewery. Whatever they did it worked to perfection, not to mention, the 8.7% ABV is enough to knock your ass out! Cheers!
Overall Rating:   9.3

Stone Brewing Company
Stone IPA
Chugged by PoopThoughts

I’m a big fan of this beer. I always have a six pack of “everyday” IPA’s in my beer fridge and Stone IPA is fully in the rotation. It’s reasonably-priced, mega-hoppy and super smooth. That’s everything I need in a daily drinker. I like trying lots of different new beers and anytime my liquor store brings in a new IPA, I always have to give it shot. I always come back to Stone, though, because I have yet to find one good enough to dethrone it. Take note, all you other brewers, cause Stone has got the IPA nailed down.

Overall Rating:   9.1

For comparison, we wanted to show you how these two brews stacked up against the rest of the playing field when it came to overall rating. Check it out.
Average February Rating:   7.8

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Stay tuned for March. Staying true to our style, we have a few tricks up our sleeves. We’ll have another brewery themed week, this time with a brewery that has a few locations, East Coast and up in the Rockies. Then with Spring rolling in, we figured you’d like to see a few beers of the lighter fare. Pale Ales don’t need to be boring tasteless low ABV brews. We hope to show you that some are actually extraordinarily delicious. As always, great beers, fast chugs, and ridiculous outfits. Chug on!


Welcome to Stone Brewing Week

Today marks the first of what we hope will be many brewery-focused weeks here at Team Chug, and what better way to kick it off than with one of the gnarliest breweries around. Stone Brewing out of Escondido, California puts out some fantastic hop-monsters all year round and then sprinkles in some of the finest seasonal and one-time brews that you’ll ever have. As much as we’d like to, we can’t chug all of their beers in one week, so we’ll just pick a few of their fine year-round releases and drink them like we’re the thirstiest men in the world. Keep checking back every day this week to see us review another Stone beer. In the meantime, go check out so see their full lineup and beers.

We’ll start by taking a look back at a review we did in October for their dry-hopped session amber:
stone levitation
Levitation Ale
Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, CA

See the 6-Second Review…