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. Â Yes folks, Iâ€™m talking about Beer Madness. Â What an ingenious idea! Â 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. Â Amazing! Â This is theÂ Postâ€™s sixth annual beer tourney. Â 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. Â See the bracket after the jump.
You can find the votable bracket here.
Iâ€™ll admit that I donâ€™t know every beer on the list to give a complete breakdown. Â Thankfully the Post has already done that for us and you can read itÂ here. Â Here are my picks for the final four. Â In the crisp category Iâ€™m going for theÂ Eliot Ness Amber Lager from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Ohio. Â In the fruit and spice category Iâ€™m going for theÂ Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery in New York. Â For the hops category Iâ€™m going for theÂ Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware. Â Last but certainly not least is the roast category and Iâ€™m going with theÂ Lucky 7 from Evolution Craft Brewery Co. in Delaware. Â As for a winner Iâ€™m going with the Burton Baton because I love a good hoppy beer.
Happy beer madness! Â Donâ€™t get caught making an illegal pool out of this. Â Who do you think is going to win? Enjoy!