I spent another day refreshing the voting page as I watched the Elite 8 shake out yesterday. Hundreds of votes poured in and now we have our Final Four match-ups.
The defending champion, Maine Island Trail Ale from Rising Tide, faces a surprising opponent in Patina Pale from the young nano brewery Austin Street.
And in a battle of Maine Beer Company brews, the American pale ale Mo does battle with Lunch, its India Pale Ale counterpart.
After yesterday’s voting raised some concerns, I want to encourage voters to embrace their scruples and only vote once per device for every day of the Final Four voting. While I greatly encourage spreading the word on social media and getting people to vote for your favorite beer, I highly discourage any internet malarkey in tampering with the purity of this beer tournament that seeks only to celebrate Maine beer. (Check out all the pairings and results that led up to this.)