Voting has been closed on the Elite Eight round of Chug Madness 2014, and we’re ready to slug it out to determine who will be in the championship. Though there haven’t been as many upsets as in the NCAA March Madness tournament, we’ve had our fair share here at Team Chug. We determined the seeds so our favorites were clear, but you’ve voted and you picked who will be representing the each bracket in the Final Four!
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.
Region: Hop Monsters
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.