By Tim Rodgers
Over the next couple of weeks, your favorite college basketball squad will be launching their 2010-2011 Midnight Madness season kickoff with hopes that they will be cutting the nets down in Houston Texas. During this time, your favorite beer will be hoping that they will also make the cut and qualify for our 64 beer March Madness tournament of champions. We will be cutting the competition from a field of 600 down to 64.
As the season goes on, bottle openers start to get dull, livers get saturated, So we must persevere and widdle down to find the greatest beer ever!
Whiskey Goldmine’s group of beer experts, sommelier’s, stewards, flunkies, college and high school buddies, wives and girlfriends alike will be working tirelessly to taste and judge the champion of a 64 beer blind taste test tournament to bring home the proverbial bacon come March. So when you get ready to watch the Final Four from Houston Texas come late in March, you can also root for and drink your favorite beer as well. (We need something to ease the pain of having to listen to Billy Packer for a month)
We have narrowed down the art of beer into regions and categories and the best ones from each will have a chance to compete come March. The top 2 beers in each category that we have selected will get an automatic bid and the rest will be chosen “at large” by our esteemed committee of beer experts.
So far here are the beers that have qualified thus far:
Mexican Beer Category
Begian White Ales/Whitbier
Blanche de Bruxelles
Beers in a Can
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
Phoenix Pale Ale
Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
Founders Breakfast Stout
La Fin Du Monde
Chimay Blue Grand Reserve
Alesmith Anvill ESB
So harvest your hops and man up because champions rise to the occasion!
The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment
Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils
The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…
The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss
The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten
The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…
The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…
Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…