Here it is, folks. The moment you’ve been waiting for since… earlier this week. It’s the unveiling of the Beer Championship Series 64-beer bracket.
Go ahead, soak it in. Ponder some of those match-ups. Think about how you’re going to vote. Then come back to the blog on Monday as we start voting in the Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Krebs and Metro regions. What’s at stake is pretty simple: The winner of the bracket will be crowned Oklahoma’s favorite beer for 2010, and that beer also will win a special prize (details forthcoming). Now it’s time for a little BCS Q&A.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: Because I love beer and I love competitions. So why not combine the two for a beer competition?
Q: Is this the first time you’ve done this?
A: No, this is the third annual BCS. In 2008, Flying Dog Tire Bite was crowned champion when it beat Choc 1919 in the final. Last year, Marshall McNellie’s Pub Ale beat New Belgium Fat Tire in the final.
Q: How were the beers selected for the bracket?
A: Readers of The Thirsty Beagle blog selected the beers in beer conference voting earlier in the year. Largely based on those votes, I then seeded the beers and placed them in their regions.
Q: How do I vote?
A: Visit the blog to see match-ups and cast your vote.
Q: How many times can I vote?
A: You can vote for any given beer up to 10 times a day. But please, let’s keep it clean and limit it to 10 per person, per beer, per day. No spam voting. I can track votes by IP address and will disqualify votes if I detect any irregularities, like say, one beer getting 85 votes from the same IP address in the span of about 4 minutes. I had to do it last year in a close match-up between a COOP and Mustang beer, and it led to much consternation for all involved.
So that’s it. As mentioned earlier, check the blog Monday for the start of voting, and let’s crown a champion!