I was kind of disappointed that Myrcenary, the overly hop-oiled brew from Ft Collins' own Odell Brewing, didn't make it out of the first round, but seeing Fat Tire go down early filled my heart with joy. Seriously, I can't stand anything New Belgium makes; Moose Drool rules!. Additionally, I was kind of surprised that a national brand like Sam Adams couldn't even win one round of popular voting.
In terms of advancing to the final four, I really like Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. Not only am I a Stone whore, but their stuff continues to be popular amongst the brewing community, and this is a popularity contest, afterall. Moose Drool, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and Alaskan's Smoked Porter round out my survivors. ASP is a dark horse pick for me as it's a style that some people just can't handle, but I just can't get enough of that flavor; it reminds me of a family vacation I took to Alaska over a decade ago where I mostly ate smoked salmon. Me picking them is the equivalent of picking St Peter's to win in this years Tournament because you think the nickname "Peacock" is "different."
|My dark horse entrant for the final four is Alaskan's Smoked Porter|
As I passed along last week, by entering a bracket you get entered to win a professionally-built Beer Meister Kegerator, and the competing breweries are donating winnings to charity! So head on over, and fill out a bracket. Voting on the final four starts next Tuesday.