Saturday stout day? Is that a thing yet? There is Taco Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday and if you are living on the East coast these days stouts are the only things darker and drearier than this weather. Typically at this time of year we are breaking into summer beers and lighter libations, but it seems like the rain is not going to allow Summer to arrive. So what better way to complement the weather than by tasting and comparing some super heavy, dark, rich stouts? We gathered three of Beer Up's most horizontally endowed stout enthusiasts to put these to a test.
On one of our recent Beer Travels to Raleigh, we decided to mix things up a bit and hit the Durham area first. Durham features it's own fantastic breweries and bars as well as being a short drive from Raleigh. Like any beer geek worth his salt, no trip to Durham would be complete without a trip to Sam's Quik Shop to stock up on craft beer goodies. Long story short, I was able to pick up a number of unique North Carolina beers including the two that will be featured here. It has been a while since we did one of our head to head beer reviews known as the Beer KO. In this smackdown of Southern brewed IPA's we taste test them side by side to determine a winner.
After a crazy first round of voting, our readers stepped up with even more online votes and hashtag check-ins through the #beerupbracket hashtag on Twitter. Round two of our Beer Up Bracket featured more blow outs and a few NCAA March Madness Cinderella stories. This contest not only allows voters the chance to cast a vote for their favorite brewery, but also stuff the ballots by sipping on your favorite brewers to register votes. This round also saw the addition of www.beercrafty.net to our guest panel as they participated in the voting and added their live feed to our streaming tournament action.
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.
IPA vs. IPA
Like judging hall of fame baseball players there are some arguments that always land in the theoretical and can never be settled. Nobody will ever be able to truly answer the question of Ted Williams vs. Hank Aaron and you cannot pit Mike Tyson vs Mohammed Ali to see who is the better fighter, but you can compare similar beers side by side to get a true in the moment comparison. There are many factors involved in evaluating beers as described in our beer up principles, the true acid test is to pit them against each other. So with no further ado, here our some recent results of heavyweight beer battles. Let's get ready to stumble! Read More
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