After a wild weekend of basketball, beer festivals, and beer ratings, the people have spoken. Round one of our Beer Up Bracket featured a number of close contests, some blow outs and a few NCAA March Madness style upsets. Votes poured in via our online voting form as well as through the #beerupbracket hashtag on Twitter. This contest not only allowed voters the chance to cast a vote for their favorite brewery, but also put their money where their mouth was by checking in beers to cast votes. So with no further ado, here are our results.
Join in the March Madness and Vote for Your Favorite Brewers
March is now upon us and it cannot come to soon for beer drinkers and sports fans alike. After the doldrums of February, march brings us St. Patrick's Day and the NCAA Tournament. Both events lend themselves to beer drinking especially March Madness which spans over the course of three weekends and gives us a reason to take off the first Thursday and Friday to watch games. While it is pretty commonplace to see tournament style formats ranking everything from beers, tv shows and even food we are bringing you a different spin on this. Basketball is a team game where a balanced team of solid players can triumph over a team dominated by one superstar. Breweries are no different. There are plenty of one-hit wonders that base their reputation on a few superstar beers while the rest of their offerings fall below par. This event is dedicated to the true powerhouse breweries that field a full lineup of beers for all palates and will reward those brewers who consistently produce solid offerings. Rather than rank individual beers like everyone else, we will focus on rating breweries based on which brewers have the best offering as well as by tracking the consumption of each one.
ASHEVILLE, NC, March 15TH 2016 --- Wicked Weed Brewing, now in their fourth year, is launching their forth expansion, a barrel house and brewery dedicated to the production of sour ales, brettanomyces farmhouse ales, and spontaneous ales located in South Asheville, North Carolina. The temperature controlled 57,000 square foot facility on 17 acres, will house a custom 30 barrel brew house specific to brewing sour and wild beers, as well as a robust barrel program that will include wine barrels, spirit barrels, puncheons, 90 hectoliter (2,500 gallon) oak feeders and several custom designed horizontal fermenters.
DOUBLE BEAN BLONDE HITS SHELVES FEATURING KALDI’S COFFEE
Move over stouts and porters, The Saint Louis Brewery™ introduces a chocolate and coffee…golden ale
(ST. LOUIS; March 14, 2016)--Schlafly Beer announces the arrival of Double Bean Blonde, the latest limited special release from The Saint Louis Brewery™. Double Bean Blonde is a distinctive take on the traditional blonde style, blending coffee and chocolate flavors together. The brewery makes the American blonde ale with Carapils and pale malts, Marynka hops, and American ale yeast for a well-balanced, smooth beer that lets the notable additions of the beer come through. The brew rests on cacao nibs sourced from Ghana for rich chocolate flavors, and in its final stages of brewing, a cold coffee toddy is added to the beer for a pleasantly fresh coffee aroma. This blonde pours golden, clocking in at 6.3% ABV with 25 IBUs, presenting prominent layers of coffee and chocolate in each sip.
Longmont, CO, & Tampa Bay, FL -- Oskar Blues Brewery announced the acquisition of Tampa's Cigar City Brewing. Putting months of acquirement rumors to rest, the decision is driven by mutual irreverence, respect and desire to stay true to craft beer roots.
The combination stems from the want to take risks, sniff out bullsh*t and grow against-the-grain in an era of increasing competition within craft beer.The collaboration will match the years of large-scale growth, expansion expertise and resources of Oskar Blues with the strength of Cigar City's local following to help both breweries strengthen their future position. Similarly to Oskar Blues, Cigar City's award-winning brews are well known and respected within the craft community.
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