Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow! This was a tournament to remember... but it's not over yet! We had Imperial Stouts battling in Brad's Colorado/Michigan Bracket, Newcomer Nebraska showing veteran poise in Paul's Bracket, a California clash of Speakeasy and Stone in Phil's bracket and a epic duel between Captain Lawrence and Cape Cod in the Northeastern Graham bracket. This was truly one for the ages. Now we are down to four, four delicious beers with huge fan bases and twitter feeds to back them up. Four beers enter and one will come out as the 2011 BFF4 champion, with their banner hung in the rafters (next the New Belgium's Fat Tire - last years winner). Who will be victorious? You decide! This round we have completely open and unlimited voting. If you really love that beer, prove it - hit refresh (cmmd+R on a Mac or ctrl + R on a PC) and vote the day away. If you spent your March hiding your CBS March Madness broadcast window when your boss walked by - this is much easier. Polls are open until Monday April 11th at 11:59 EST. Vote often! Prove your love - and we don't know who's voting so no commitment issues! Beer!
For a our take on this round check out our latest video and the vote!
Founders Breakfast Stout was originally a #3 seed out of Brad's Colorado and Michigan bracket. This is a complex stout with plenty to offer, sweet enough to drink more than one, but with a 8.3% ABV you probably shouldn't. This beer is only available seasonally from Sept to December so on those first days of football (college of course because the NFL no longer exists) start looking for this coffee and chocolatey rich stout. Also keep an eye out for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout (bourbon barrels) and the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout (maple barrels) because these two variations are worth the extra cash!
The Breakfast Stout is up against a strong competitor in Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale. This is a very easily drinkable brown ale that has been getting support since the early rounds and promises to be a fearsome foe in the Final 4. This beer's resume speaks for itself, it has won Gold, 2010 US Open Beer Championship (English Style Brown Ale), and Bronze, 2010 World Beer Championship, (English Style Brown Ale). Will Nebraska Brewing be able to add Beer Friend Final 4 Champion to this list?
The East vs West match up finally comes to a head !
Phil's Bracket seed #5 Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA takes on Cape Cod Red the #2 seed from Graham's Bracket. Speakeasy is the sweetheart brew from the Western Region, coming in at the 11th hour to defeat Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard Ale for its slot in the Final Four. Cape Cod has it's work cut out for itself as the Western crowd seems pretty attached to the Big Daddy.
However, Cape Cod Red comes in hot off it's very exciting victory over Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold. It was a wild back and forth slug fest that went on for days culminated with Cape Cod Beer raising it's arms in victory. Obviously Cape Cod's troops are mobilized, but will they be able to fend off the surging Speakeasy brew?