You know that time of year where everyone goes crazy because the college football Bowl Championship Series standings are released? You hear things like: “So and so team is getting robbed!” Or, “The computers hate this team!” And then there’s, “The voters don’t even watch the games!” All valid points. But what do you expect with a stupid system? That’s what the Bowl Championship Series is.
Well The Thirsty Beagle is not just going to sit around and take that kind of abuse. Back in 2008, I created something better than the BCS. I called it, drum roll please: the BCS! Ah, but this BCS doesn’t haven’t anything to do with bowls, or even football. This is the Beer Championship Series, folks. The Beer Championship Series is all about beer and a playoff. Behold my BCS in all its awesomeness!
It’s time for me to unveil the 3rd Annual Beer Championship Series! Sixty-four beers were selected through reader voting in beer conference action throughout the year, and I have now placed them in a bracket where they will compete against each other based on your votes. The winner earns the title of Oklahoma’s Favorite Beer. It’s all about survive and advance, baby! I’ve made a few tweaks from the past couple years. Gone are the Oklahoma, International, Europe and United States regions – which pretty much meant a limit of only 16 local beers in the bracket. Instead, we’ll use four new regions aimed at getting more local beers into the fray.
One local beer that is definitely in the mix is last year’s champion, Marshall McNellie’s Pub Ale. Can the defending champ repeat? What beer will it be matched up against in the first round? Come back Friday as I release the bracket and go over a few ground rules. Then tune in to The Thirsty Beagle blog Monday as we start the voting.
What is Oklahoma’s favorite beer? Have your say in the Beer Championship Series!