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Beer Bracket Madness: The Final Round

By Anthony Todd in Food on Mar 26, 2013 3:15PM


This is it. After weeks and weeks of voting, drinking, voting and drinking some more, we have narrowed the original field of 32 down to the final two beers. One of these beers will win the title of Best Beer. The other? It's doing pretty darn well to have made it to the finals.

Oddly, after a number of very close rounds, neither race in the final four was particularly tight. Both winners beat their respective competitors about 60/40, with over 1,600 votes cast. In fact, each of the two winners garnered almost exactly the same number of votes in their favor.

Who made it to the final round? Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn. In other words, David versus Goliath. The biggest (and some would say best) craft beer brewer in Chicago, backed by Anheuser-Busch/InBev money and a warehouse full of brewing experts, is set to face off against a tiny brewing company that is barely a year old.

Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Thursday. On Friday morning, the big winner will be revealed.

And how did we get here? Cruise the full bracket: