National Bracket Day 2012 – Beer Madness

I want to give a shout out to the people over at the Washington Post for combining two of my favorite things, bracket tournaments and beer.  Yes folks, I’m talking about Beer Madness.  What an ingenious idea!  Pick 32 beers of four different types (Crisp, Fruit and Spice, Hops, Roast), put them up against each other and let the tournament work itself out.  Amazing!  This is the Post’s sixth annual beer tourney.  A panel of Post readers and Washington food-beverage experts judged the rounds in two separate sessions. Check the Food section of the paper for weekly updates; the winner will be divulged April 11. Readers can vote on beers too by clicking on the beer names inside the bracket.  See the bracket after the jump.

You can find the votable bracket here.

I’ll admit that I don’t know every beer on the list to give a complete breakdown.  Thankfully the Post has already done that for us and you can read it here.  Here are my picks for the final four.  In the crisp category I’m going for the Eliot Ness Amber Lager from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Ohio.  In the fruit and spice category I’m going for the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery in New York.  For the hops category I’m going for the Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware.  Last but certainly not least is the roast category and I’m going with the Lucky 7 from Evolution Craft Brewery Co. in Delaware.  As for a winner I’m going with the Burton Baton because I love a good hoppy beer.

Happy beer madness!  Don’t get caught making an illegal pool out of this.  Who do you think is going to win? Enjoy!