Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Beer Bracket 2011- Sweet 16

Down to 16 teams beers, the bracket looks tough.  Too many good ones to cheer for, upsets galore and no clear favorite. No major surprises in the East Coast (Troegs Nugget Nectar, Southern Tier Mokah, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere and Selin's Grove Phoenix) or West Coast (Avery Maharaja, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Wild, Great Divide Yeti and North Coast Old Rasputin) brackets- although it is interesting that Yeti and Old Rasputin are matched up, as many people match those beers up as the top Stouts (I do).

But when you look at the European bracket, all heck broke loose. Westvleteren 8 (#1) is the odds on favorite, as it is accompanied by #12 seed Budvar (who was in the finals last year), #11 Chimay (who had to overcome the Play-In game) and #10 BrewDog Tokio* (who beat the #2 seed Cantillion).  Still all great beers left.  It gets better in the Canned Beer bracket, although the #1 seed Oskar Blues Gubna was downed by Yuengling Traditional Lager.  Guinness (#4), 21st Amendment Back in Black (#3) and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (#2) were all expected to progress to this level. 

Check out the results below and let me know who you think will pull it out.


  1. I found it amazing that there was no Surly in the canned beer bracket......odd

  2. @Kelly- I can't get it. Hopefully, I will be able to travel more and drink some. I would love to add it to next years Bracket (Notice no Russian River and many others that deserve to be included)