stlhopswikiWelcome back to the STL Hops 2011 St. Louis Beer Challenge! With March Madness starting today, I thought it would be fun to have a contest to see how local beers would do in a tournament. Thanks to an influx of new breweries, we now have a tournament featuring beers from within 65 miles of downtown St. Louis. Just imagine what the brackets will look like next year!

Now, a few things. First, don’t make any judgment about the rankings. I just randomized it and then did a bit of sorting so a brewery didn’t face off against itself in the first round. Second, as we have a bunch of new breweries and new beers, there might be something I missed. I’m Sorry if I missed you, it wasn’t on purpose.

If you’re curious how I picked the beers, here’s the method behind my madness. I tried to include an equal amount of beer from each brewery if possible. For instance, we could almost do entire contest just using everything Schlafly made last year, so I tried to limit most breweries to six options. You may also notice that some of your favorite seasonal and one-off beers aren’t on the list. I tried to stick with year-round beers as not everyone gets a chance to try a lot of the one-off beers.
Please, don’t take this too seriously, it’s just for fun.
Round Dates:
Round 1 – Thu Mar 17
Round 2 – Mon Mar 21
Round 3 – Thu Mar 24
Round 4 – Mon Mar 28
Round 5 – Mon Mar 31
Championship – Mon Apr 4

So, good luck to everyone and have fun! (If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.)