UPDATE: To vote on the current day’s match-ups, go to the main blog page.
As promised, it’s time for The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series: a 64-team, bracket-style playoff to determine Oklahoma’s favorite beer. Before I unveil the bracket, here are a few of the ground rules:
-The bracket is split into four regions: The Oklahoma Region, the International Region, the Europe Region and the USA Region. As you might expect, the beers in each region are derived from that region.
-Each day I’ll announce match-ups from each region up for voting. Voting will start at 6 a.m. and end at midnight.
-Beers in the Oklahoma Region come from the Bricktown Brewery, the Belle Isle Brewery, Choc Brewery and Marshall Brewery in Tulsa. If I missed an established Oklahoma brewery out there, apologies and I’ll add you in next time around.
-If The Thirsty Beagle has one early bracket remorse feeling, it has to do with the generally commercial nature of a fair amount of the beers in the bracket. There are just so many fine craft breweries in this country, and hundreds of varieties from Europe, that I tried to stick to beers people could readily find here in Oklahoma and/or beers people are fairly familiar with in these parts.
-You don’t have to necessarily have tried all the beers to cast your vote. Just write your selections in the comments section.
With all that out of the way, here is the Bracket.
And we’ll let the voting start today!
The first round of match-ups are:
-Oklahoma Region: Choc 1919 (Krebs) vs. Belle’s Blond Pale Ale (Belle Isle)
-International Region: Cooper’s Lager (Australia) vs. Corona (Mexico)
-USA Region: Sam Adams Boston Lager (Boston) vs. Bud Light (St. Louis)
-Europe Region: Heineken (Holland) vs. Pilsner Urquell (Czech)