After six months and thousands of votes, we have reached the end of Beer Championship Series conference action. Voting ended last night in the 24th beer conference, the Belgium Conference. Here are the final standings:
1. Orval Trappiste Ale: 57 percent
2. Chimay Red: 21.5 percent
3. Hoegaarden: 11 percent
4. Stella Artois: 3.5 percent
4. Duvel: 3.5 percent
4. Westmalle Dubel: 3.5 percent
7. Leffe Blond: 0 percent.
So Orval and Chimay advance to the 64-beer bracket and earn a chance to compete for the title of Oklahoma’s favorite beer. And speaking of the 64-beer bracket, now the real fun begins. With 24 conferences complete, that means we have 48 beers that have earned spots in the bracket. Your automatic qualifies are:
Marshall Sundown Wheat; Marshall McNellie’s Pub Ale; Modelo Especial; Tecate Lager; La Fin Du Monde; Molson Canadian; Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout; Rogue Dead Guy Ale; Sapporo; Asahi; COOP F5 IPA; COOP Native Amber; Pabst Blue Ribbon; Keystone Premium; Newcastle Brown Ale; Fuller’s ESB; Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA; Sam Adams Boston Lager; Pilsner Urquell; Carlsberg Pilsner; Budweiser; Coors Original; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; Anchor Steam Beer; Spaten Optimator; Warsteiner Dunkel; New Belgium Fat Tire; Oskar Blue Dale’s Pale Ale; Choc Signature Dubbel; Choc Waving Wheat; Boulevard Wheat Beer; Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale; Samuel Smith Organic Ale; New Belgium Mothership Wit; Shiner Blond; Santa Fe Chicken Killer Barley Wine; Foster’s Lager; Toohey’s Lager; Ayinger Oktoberfest; Choctoberfest; Abita Turbodog; Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager; Mustang Washita Wheat; Battered Boar Company Man Pale Ale; Leinenkugel Original; Goose Island Honkers Ale; Orval Trappiste Ale; Chimay Red.
So what about the final 16 slots in the bracket, you ask? Shrouded in a cloud of intrigue and the aroma of hops, the Beer Selection Committee will soon begin meeting to fill out the remaining at-large spots. Check the blog for more details concerning the start of bracket voting and for a special announcement about what can only be described as a kick-ass first-place prize.