It seems as if March brings out the bracketologist in a lot of people. Whether it’s basketball or beer, everyone’s throwing their two cents into who’s the best of the best, whittling down the competition until a champion is crowned.
The other day, I wrote about how Thomas Creek is the only brewery representing South Carolina in DRAFT Magazine’s Beer Bracket 2013. And now, Westbrook is South Carolina’s sole representation in another bracket-centric competition: Paste Magazine’s Top of the Hops IPA Challenge .
The online music magazine, which already does pretty good coverage of the craft beer culture, is pitting 64 American IPAs against one another and going through the surely unrewarding task of blindly tasting every one of them. (Side note: Can I get paid to do that?) Like the NCAA tournament, the beers are broken up into regions: Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast. Geography be damned, however, as the Southeast region – which includes Westbrook – stretches from Maryland to Texas.
You can view the full bracket here. No word on when the first round of Southeast results will be posted, but get your hop-shaped pom-poms ready.