The Round of 32 did not disappoint! Epiphany and Lunch battled it out for IPA dominance, going through multiple lead changes, but Maine Beer Company’s Lunch finally pulled ahead with a 26-vote victory. In other close battles, Peak Organic’s Fresh Cut Pilsner fell by a mere nine votes to Sebago’s Bonfire Rye. And Marshall Wharf’s Cant Dog edged Foundation Brewing’s Wanderlust by a tight margin of six votes.
In the battle royale, Maine Beer Company’s Dinner took down Allagash’s Curieux by twenty-nine votes.
In today’s Sweet Sixteen, last year’s winner Maine Island Trail Ale (Rising Tide) is up against the aforementioned Dinner. The other match-up I’ll be keeping a close eye on is Oxbow’s flagship Farmhouse Pale Ale up against Bissell Brother’s flagship The Substance.
During yesterday’s voting, the well-stocked Bier Cellar on Forest Ave tweeted, “Completing these brackets really makes you realize how stacked our beer scene is in the 207.” I couldn’t agree more.
The Sweet Sixteen contains some of the best beers I’ve ever had, regardless of what area code they’re brewed in. These beers sing. We’re lucky to live in Maine.
Note: Voting for the Sweet Sixteen round has closed. (Check out the complete results of the last round)