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The 2011 March Madness Championship Beer Rankings!

marchmadness logo normal 300x190 The 2011 March Madness Championship Beer Rankings!Welcome to our 2011 March Madness Championship Bracket Style Beer Tournament

By Tim Rodgers and Matt Goldstien

Starting on Thursday March 15th 2011, 64 Men’s College Basketball Teams will be playing for their playoff lives in an all-out single elimination tournament to ultimately crown the College Basketball champion in Houston Texas on April 4th.  Whether you are a proud alumnus of one of the fine schools (GO TEMPLE OWLS!), a degenerate gambler, office bracket pool addict, merely a hoops fan, or all of the above, the tournament is like a nirvana in the dawn of Spring.

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march madness 2008 300x177 The 2011 March Madness Championship Beer Rankings!But why limit our pleasure at mere basketball, when we could take it a step further?  Whiskey Goldmine is conducting an all out single elimination beer tournament of 64 beers from around the world, with varying styles, and crafts to ultimately crown this years’ Beer Champion!

 Our esteemed panels of expert craft beer drinkers, sommeliers, bartenders, flunkies and blow-hards have been tirelessly sampling different beers to arrive at the field of 64.  This panel includes Whiskey Goldmine founder and CEO Matt Goldstein, Senior Editor Tim Rodgers, Sommelier Tom Pittakas, Craft Beer adviser and Kyber Pub’s Jeremy Thompson, craft beer enthusiast, world traveler and restaurant blogger from the craft beer mecca of Portland Oregon- Pauly “P” Reiter, The Iron City’s own craft beer specialist and Senior Director Pat Smith, craft beer veteran Don “Da Bomb” Corino, along with the a whole host of experts and beer enthusiasts in the Whiskey Goldmine family.

march madness logo 20111 The 2011 March Madness Championship Beer Rankings!In the spirit of the basketball tournament, the 64 “best” beers don’t always make it.  You have to be atop of your “beer” category (or class if you will) in order to qualify for the field of 64.  Conversely, some inferior styles will also have a shot in the field of 64, just like some inferior college basketball conferences always have one representative.  In classic March Madness basketball, a #12 seed upsetting a #5 seed is part of the excitement and heartbreak that college basketball drama brings to the table every year, in every bracket.  The dream may live on, or come to an abrupt halt.

In just over seven months of going live on the internet, the March Madness Bracket Tournament of Beer Champions is the biggest undertaking that our young web site has ever tried.  After careful deliberations, trials and taste tests, we would like to personally congratulate the following field of 64 finalists.  Stay tuned for our down-loadable bracket so you can keep score at home and follow your favorite beer to the finish line.  There will be excitement, there will be controversy, there will be heartbreak, but there will only be one champion.

Downloadable bracket coming soon….

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Rank

Seed

Beer

Bid

Category

1

1

Founders Breakfast Stout

Automatic

Imperial Stout Champ

2

1

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Automatic

Imperial IPA

3

1

Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch

At-large

Belgian/IPA hybrid

4

1

Hoppin Frog Oak Aged Borris 

Automatic

Imperial Stout

5

2

Rochefort 10

At-large

Belgian Quad

6

2

Paulanor Salvator Dopplebock

At-large

Dopplebock 

7

2

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

At-large

IPA

8

2

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

At-large

IPA

9

3

The Flying Fish Exit 4 American Tripel

Automatic

Tripel Champion

10

3

Founders Centennial IPA 

At-large

IPA

11

3

Stone IPA

At-large

IPA 

12

3

La Fin Du Monde

Automatic

Belgian Champion

13

4

La Chouffe

Automatic

Belgian Golden Ale

14

4

Ayinger Oktoberfest

Automatic

Oktoberfest Champion

15

4

Chimay Blue, Grand Reserve

Automatic

Belgian Strong Ale

16

4

Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock 

Automatic

Dopplebock 

17

5

Russian River Consecration

At-large

Sour Wild Ale

18

5

St Bernardus Apt 12

At-large

Belgian Quad

19

5

Sly Fox Incubus Tripel

Automatic

Tripel

20

5

Voodo Pilzilla

Automatic

Pilsner Champion

21

6

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Automatic

Sour Wild Ale

22

6

Deschutes The Abyss Imperial Stout

At-large

Imperial Stout  

23

6

Bells Hopslam

At-large

Imperial IPA

24

6

Founders Porter

Automatic

Phila Beer Week Champ

25

7

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Automatic

IPA 

26

7

Port Brewing Ole’ Viscosity

At-large

Strong Ale

27

7

Victory Prima Pils

Automatic

Pilsner Finalist

28

7

Alesmith Anvill ESB

Automatic

Pale Ale

29

8

Allagash Curiex

At-large

Oak Aged Tripel 

30

8

Green Flash Le Freak 

At-large

Tripel

31

8

Port Brewing “Wipe out” IPA 

At-large

IPA Conference

32

8

Rougue “Dead Guy Ale”

At-large

German MaiBock

33

9

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager

At-large

Lager

34

9

Chimay Red Premiere

Automatic

Belgian Dubbel

35

9

Blanche de Bruxelles

Automatic

Witte Beir Champion

36

9

Hacker Pschorr Heffe Weiss

At-large

Weisse Beer

37

10

Alaskan Amber

Automatic

Pale Ale

38

10

Bohemia

Automatic

Mexican Champion

39

10

SlyFox Phoenix Pale Ale

At-large

Pale Ale

40

10

Saison Dupont

Automatic

Saison 

41

11

Anchor Steam Liberty Ale

Automatic

American Ale

42

11

Schneider Aventinus 

At-large

Wheat Dopplebock

43

11

Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

At-large

Oatmeal Stout

44

11

Pilsner Urquell

At-large

Pilsner

45

12

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Automatic

Macro-Brew Champion

46

12

Victory Hop Devil

At-large

IPA

47

12

Beck’s Oktoberfest

Automatic

Oktoberfest Finalist

48

12

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Ale

Automatic

Wheat Ale

49

13

 Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Automatic

American Stout

50

13

Negra Modela

Automatic

Mexican Finalist

51

13

Hoegaarden

Automatic

Witte Beir Finalist

52

13

Guinness Stout

At-large

Stout

53

14

Yuengling Lager

Automatic

Best Beer under $20 

54

14

Fullers ESB

At-large

English Ale

55

14

Bitburger

Automatic

Beer under $20 Finalist

56

14

Beck’s Lager

At-large

Lager

57

15

Red Stripe

At-large

Jamaican Lager

42

15

Warsteinner Verum

At-large

Pilsner  

59

15

Stella Artois

Automatic

“Best Selling Beer”

60

15

Newcastle Brown Ale

Automatic

Macro-Brew Finalist

61

16

Heineken

At-large

Lager

62

16

Corona

At-large

Mexican 

63

16

Sam Adams Light

Automatic

“Light” Beer

64

16

Tsingtao (China)

Automatic

Asian Beer

 

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  • mr. moonboots

    Does the tourney get scrapped if Corona wins?

    [Reply]

    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I for one, love me some Corona, but I’m pretty sure some of the these other beers like Flying Dog would do it dirty like Pacquiao-Hatton.

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  • Gourmonster

    No Yard’s? Quite frankly, I’m a bit shocked by their omission.

    [Reply]

    Tim Rodgers Reply:

    I think the committee may have been intimidated by some of the other beer sites and their west coast affiliations. As a result, a lot of good eastcoast brews go overlooked. There’s always next year!

    [Reply]

    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    I did have a barrel aged stout by yards at the grand re-opening of the Khyber Pass Pub and it was OUTSTANDING! But there was just too much competition for the stouts and the pale ales for Yards to get in. Their Chocolate Love Stout is pretty damn good too.

    Funny thing is, my Dad holds a persoanl grudge against Yards and Phila Brewing for breaking up. He’s more mad at them than the Beatles.

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  • Tim Rodgers

    I think anybody from 1-16 has a shot to win it all. I think that Port Brewing Wipe-Out could take out a #1 seed. Matt, when do I get to start drinking?

    [Reply]

  • pauly

    missing some hot trendy Oregon brews, i.e., Widmer, Deschutes, Full Sail, etc…

    [Reply]

    chap71 Reply:

    Deschutes the Abyss is on there, 6th seed, 22nd overall.

    [Reply]

    Tim Rodgers Reply:

    The world doesn’t revolve around Portland bro.

    [Reply]

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