Way back in March we held our 3rd annual IPA March Madness tournament. The results were on a piece of paper, which tends to get lost around me. I finally found it today while cleaning my office, and have the results, except the actual vote count of the first round, which didn’t make it to the paper.
First off, we had two breweries that gained enough votes in multiple beers combined to thoroughly dominate the event. 5 of the 8 beers were represented by only two breweries, so we decided to put them through a qualifying round so that each brewery would only be represented by its best beer.
This entire tasting was done blind, with only losers of contests being revealed as the winner advanced.
The first qualifying round was three beers, from one brewery, and the second qualifying round was two beers from another brewery. In Q1, Laughing Dog’s Rocket Dog easily defeated Alpha Dog and Devil Dog to enter the tournament. In Q2, Ninkasi’s Tricerahops successfully moved past Total Domination to enter the first round.
The first round had 4 match-ups, 8 total beers being tasted, second round was the winner face-off, and the final round was the championship.
Here are the results:
|Laughing Dog Rocket Dog – WINNER|
|Laughing Dog Rocket Dog – 14 WINNER|
|Odell Myercenary – 12|
|Oskar Blues GUBNA – 9|
|Odell Myrcenary – 17 WINNER|
|Laughing Dog Rocket Dog – 12|
|Stone Ruination – 14 WINNER|
|Bear Republic Racer 5 – 5|
|Stone Ruination – 21 WINNER|
|Stone Ruination – 17 WINNER|
|Deschutes Hop Henge – 9|
|Deschutes Hop Henge – 17 WINNER|
|Avery Maharaja – 7|
Stone Ruination has won the tournament 2 years in a row!
We have a winner, and it’s Stone Ruination. We have acquired a keg of Ruination, it is now on tap! Come on down and try a pint or fill a growler of this year’s IPA March Madness tournament champion.
Other Beer News
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about some very special beers that are now in stock.
Three Floyds/Mikkeller Boogoop Buckwheat Wine Ale
Three Floyds is the mythical Indiana brewery famous for it’s Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. This brewery is not distributed anywhere near us, so having an opportunity to try something they have had their hands on is a great treat. Boogoop is a collaboration between Mikkeller, a fantastic Danish brewing juggernaut and 3 Floyds.
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2012 Released
The new year’s release of WWS is now available at Enoteca. Yes, this is the beer you’ve heard so much about! Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex. This Ageable Ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer.
How do they get those high ABV’s? We don’t know, but we also do have another one of the beers made with this process, Dogfish Head Fort, ON TAP right now.
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel in Cognac Barrels
Yes, we’ve scored some of the uber-stout brewed with kopi luwak civet weasel poop coffee beer, this time aged in Cognac barrels in stock. Holy smokes!
Beer Tastings Coming up!
We’ll have an official announcement coming soon, but check online on our upcoming beer tastings page any time. We have a Samuel Smith Beer Tasting coming up April 19th, and New Belgium on May 10th!
That’s not all…
These are just a few highlights from the ever-changing beer shelves at Enoteca. Stop by to find more treasures and tickle your taste buds.
Right now we also have Ommegang Seduction, a Chocolate Porter blended with a Cherry Lambic on tap, and Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, at only $3.50 per pint. Get growler fills, stop for pints, or try a flight of everything on tap!
We’ve also started listing our kegs-in-inventory online, so you can see what kegs we have in stock, that could be tapped any time something else is empty. If you want any of these kegs to go, we can arrange that, or if you’re interested in *any* keg to go we can help. Rare stuff can take some time to get hold of, but more regularly available beers we can have to you this week.