Mary Tutwiler

The other March Madness

by Mary Tutwiler

You can tip the scales, depending on whether you’re a hop head or a malt head. That’s the foam flecked tightrope 10 judges in this year’s Washington Post sponsored Beer Madness matchup walk in a drink-off for the best beer in the country. Starting with a bracket of 32 beers, which include everything from Schlitz to Dogfish Head 60-Minute India Pale Ale, the ale aficionados sip their way to a championship brew. Ranking in the Sweet Sixteen is Abita Brewery’s Turbodog, which beat out Avery’s Ellie’s Brown Ale, from Boulder, Colorado, one of last year’s Final Four. The beers are broken down into categories of Lagers, Ales, Speciality & Fruit, and Dark Beers. Turbodog will go nose to nose with Sam Adam’s Honey Porter in the dark beer category, a slam dunk for the Louisiana brew if you ask me. Check the website on March 23, to see if Turbodog goes on to the Elite Eight. This year’s champ will be revealed on April 6.