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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Tripel_Threat, May 3, 2020.
Never thought I'd vote against Aorta Ale! Damn you Ester eight......damn you!!!
That felt like one of the easier rounds. But I guess when the clear and correct champion *cough* autumn ale *cough* is already out what does it matter? For real though, publican v cuppajoe was the only one I had to think about
Any one of these eight would make a good champion, and looking at past numbers I can't predict 75% of the match ups.
Cup of Joe v Publican Porter is like choosing between your children.
Some data for everyone to chew on while we vote on THE ESTER EIGHT....
171 total votes
Not Answered 9.94
Not Answered 4.09
Got 5 30.99
Not Answered 6.43
Not Answered 13.45
Key Lime 73.10
Not Answered 2.34
Not Answered 10.53
Not Answered 5.85
Not Answered 4.09
Make what you will of the numbers! In the meantime, make sure you participate in the Ester Eight!
*******LINK TO VOTE HERE********
I think it'll come down to Spruce and Cup A Joe. I was hoping for Turtle Stout though since I've never had that one (out of the 346 Short's Brews I've rated on BA).
I'd be happy with either Aorta, Spruce, Publican or Joe. I'm shocked that Key Lime, Julie, Rye and Chief made it this far!
I, too, was hoping for some of the older ones to make it farther for the same reasons (which is why I'm kind of happy Rye is still in it).
Not that I'm anxious to do this again (or at least too soon) but I wonder what it would look like if the styles were mixed from the beginning and brackets were determined strictly by BA Rating (counting off by fours). Maybe some time down the road.
Yeah it sucks one has to go home.
All right, Short's Fans. Here's the link to the ESTER EIGHT. Get in while you can.
This round will run until 11 pm TONIGHT May 30. After that we go to the Final Gravity Four.
Link to vote below!
Teaser: The are already three very clear favorites and one race that could go either way still....
15 minutes until the poll is closed. Remember, the winner of IPA/PALE will take on FRUITY/SOUR/SPICY and the winner of DARK/TOASTY /ROASTY will take on the EURO/MALTY winner in the Final Gravity Four.
I hate to post and run but it's been a ridiculously long day. I'll give some data tomorrow but for now I'm posting the link to the FINAL GRAVITY FOUR. This round will end Tuesday night at 11 pm
LINK TO VOTE BELOW
Spruce v. Joe? Cruel world, I hate you!
Was hoping this would be the final match up!
That was my thought too. Whoever wins this matchup is going to be an unbelievable favorite and finals.
Agreed, spruce v joe is the only logical finals match up. That said, I'm pulling for spruce now. Tons of great coffee beers all over the place these days but so few people know the absolute glory that is a well done spruce pilsner/pale lager.
I would absolutely love to see a mixed 12 of the final gravity four though. I mean it's missing some heavy hitters but it would be pretty sweet.
This is a really good point. So much so that it swayed me from what I was gonna vote. Spruce it is.
Pint cans of Spruce Pils would be nice!
That would be awesome, I'll settle for a non sampler pack release at this point.
Um... how is Key Lime in the Final Four? It's seriously the worst Short's beer I've ever had. Great in theory, but horrific in execution.
You never has Cinnabilly then?
Haha, I was waiting for this one. I'm gonna be that guy and quote myself...
I'm off with the family for the day, but before I go I wanted to say that Key Lime, Spruce, and Cup of Joe were huge winners, all with more than 80% of the votes in their match ups. Rye Not? won with a little over 54% of the vote. Now that we have radically different brews matched against each other, I'm very curious to see how it shakes out
I personally thoroughly enjoy Key Lime Pie. The one I'm amazed about is Rye Not still being in it and beating a great brew like Chief Hopper. Rye Not was bottled once like 7 years ago, amazed it's still here.
The thirst for more rye beers is real and growing
Founders doing a MI-only Red's Rye release made me quite happy
Well, it's true! I can see people liking it for sure. It's just not my thing!
Oh I has it, but I feel like that was so long ago I can barely remember it.
One day and six hours to go in THE FINAL GRAVITY FOUR. I would gladly call any one of these brews a champion, but I can't. Only one may stand.
Get yer votes in while you can!
FIVE hours to go in THE FINAL GRAVITY FOUR. Get your votes in while you can!
Get yer votes in while you can!
Okay, ladies and gents, here are the results for the FINAL GRAVITY FOUR:
Spruce Pilsner 86.87
Cup of Joe 13.13
Rye Not? 22.22
Key Lime Pie 77.78
The GREAT 2020 SHORT'S BREWING TOURNEY CHAMPIONSHIP will begin shortly......
Wow, I personally voted for Spruce, but did not expect it to spank Cup of Joe the way it did.
Here it is, the end. Rounds of voting. Weeks of waiting. Thanks to everyone who has made this one fun, wild ride. Makes me glad to know I'm not the only one who has a love for the creative folks at Short's. They've had their hits and misses, but I think this tournament has shown there's been more hits than misses.
Again, thanks to you BAs for participating, suggesting, arguing (with good humor!) over the results. This Tourney wouldn't be half as fun without you guys.
Here's the contenders in no particular order:
"Made with fresh limes, milk sugar, graham cracker, and marshmallow fluff, we were able to recreate this popular dessert into a heavenly drinkable version. The prominent flavors are immensely sweet, yet tart, with subtle hints of graham cracker coming through in the nose and remain on the back of the palate. A Gold Medal Winner at the 2010 GABF."
" India Spruce Pilsner is an Imperial Pilsner, fermented with local, hand-picked blue spruce tips. The spruce presence, rooted in historical brewing practices, is enormous and gives the beer a refreshing gin quality. This beer is impressively light-bodied, considering the immense spruce flavors and the prodigious additions of hops."
*******LINK TO VOTE BELOW*******
Voting will run through Friday, June 5 at 11 pm.
Yeah, that one's a shocker! I voted for Spruce until this last match-up. Maybe I should have stuffed the ballot box for Joe.
I think I will be happy when Spruce wins, forcing Shorts to distribute the wonderful beer to their entire distribution footprint.
I will be voting for Spruce, but would welcome six packs of both of these brews! And Cup of Joe.
I got Spruce taking 90% of the votes.
This feels, as a current outsider, like a bit of old school Short's (circa 2010-12, when I was last living in MI) vs. New school Short's (started noticing it on visits to family circa 2014/15?)
Always they made interesting brews using novel ingredients but it seemed like it was often plays on unusual styles, now it seems like a lot of the odd ball stuff I see (mostly on here, but also when I visit) is these "dessert" beers aimed at emulating particular known foods.
No judgement either way just an observation
Also, spruce all the damn way! I would rent a private jet and fly direct to Bellaire for a mixed case of spruce pilsner and autumn ale (winner of the Spiderman Award for Obviously Being Wrongfully Terminated Early due, no doubt, to Voting Shenanigans)
Spruce Pilsner needs to be distributed in its own 6 pack again. Not more brew pub only or variety packs. The people have spoken and are continuing to speak. Do it!
Yes! It's getting tiring every year running around to different places that break up their sampler packs in order to get more than a couple of them.
As I have said many times before, variety packs are like satellite/cable packages. You pay alot for the one beer you want and a bunch of others that you are not sure about. Why can’t I just buy the one I want and leave the others behind. I don’t want the Hallmark Channel IPA