Voting for the first rounds has closed! The Second round voting starts with the Green Bracket.
The first match up has the heavily favored #1 seed from Russian River Pliny the Younger which defeated Humulus Lager. It will not have as easy a time with it's Round 2 opponent, Dreadnaught IPA took down Pelican Mother of all Storms in Round 1 and looks to keep going strong.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout comes in as the slight favorite in this underdog battle. As a 12 seed it has a slight advantage over the #13 seeded Stone Russian Imperial Stout. Both of these beers had impressive Round 1 wins creating an impossible to predict Round 2 match up
The small upstart from Vermont took home a "W" in its first entry in the #BFF4. Hill Farmstead Galaxy Imperial Single Hop IPA defeated Czar Jack Imperial Stout, and the prize for this feat is a match up against the very popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Hill Farmstead has become very popular despite its size, but the noise they have made may be drowned out with the chants of "K-B-S" in this match up.
Bell's Black Note Stout took care of business against the second Russian River brew in this bracket in Round 1. Round 2, however, proves to be a more daunting task. The Alchemist Heady Topper comes in as the #2 seed and brings with it a strong following that will prove difficult for the brewery from Kalamazoo to overcome.