2011 Beer Madness Bracket – Final Four

If you chose to participate in the yearly tradition that is the March Madness bracket, then most likely you are frustrated at how quickly and completely your bracket busted. It’s a fact that for the first time in the history of this tournament there are no number 1 seeds nor number 2 seeds in the final four. That’s a pretty astonishing statistic. Rumour has it that of the over 6 million players in one of the top online bracket pools, only 2 people actually have their bracket still in-tact. Only 2 people!
Either these two lucky-ass folks will have some serious bragging rights, or will win some serious money from the Las Vegas bookies who are, no doubt, a bit weepy at the prospect of paying out odds on 11-seed Virginia Commonwealth. So, one of two things happened here.

  1. The smaller teams really upped their game and played to the competition while the so-called better teams, went in over-confident and got hamstrung by the wiry little fellows that are sitting in their lowly 8th or 11th seeded spot.
  2. Or, more likely in my mind, the seeds were broken. Really. Did Texas deserve a 4-seed? How about Butler who went to the finals last year, were they really an 8-seed? Whatever magic formulae the talking heads used to seed the tournament seems to have not worked out this year.

This all plays to PGTerrill’s assertion that no tournament will ever fully and completely determine who is “The Best Team in the Nation.”


So, with that in mind, let’s look at the Beer Bracket. All the number 1 seeds are out, so the heavy-hitters in my personal beer world (e.g. Guinness, Shiner Bock, Smithwicks Ale, Rahr Iron Thistle) will not be the 2011 Beer of the Year.  Nor will those beers that, in my mind, barely qualify as beer yet are consumed in mass quantities across this country of ours (e.g. Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra). What we have is a rather interesting final four resulting from the random placement (apparently much like this year’s March Madness seeding process). In my Beer Madness Bracket, I have Killians Irish Red (a 4.9% ABV Coors product) vs Tecate (a 4.5% ABV lager brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.). On the other side of the bracket I have Bass Pale Ale (a 4.4% ABV ale owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev and Brewed by Molson Coors Brewing Company) vs. Bitch Creek ESB (a 6.0% ABV brewed by Grand Teton brewing company).

One of these 4 beers will take home the coveted PubGuys Beer of the Year award for 2011.

Where do you have your money?
Mine’s on Bitch Creek.