A much-lauded beer adds Madness to its titles

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Devils Backbone Vienna Lager takes the championship; it’s our judges’ favorite brew in the region.

    Beer Madness Round 4: Hops lose out

    Devils Backbone Vienna Lager and Victory Swing Session Saison will battle it out for the championship.

      Beer Madness Round 3: The Final 4

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      Our category champs represent three states plus the District. Which two will survive to the next round?

        Beer Madness Round 2: Announcing the Elite 8

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        As the panel narrows the bracket, divided loyalties and narrow victories carry the day.

          Beer Madness, Round 1: Finding the Sweet 16

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          Judges make two easy decisions but equivocate over most of the other early matchups in four styles.

            Beer Madness 2014: We unveil the bracket

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            For the second year, it’s an all-local lineup. And this time, readers get the chance to taste every contender.

              WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 2014 - Miles Gray tasting beer for the 2014 Beer Madness contest held at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington DC in March 2014. (Video frame grab by Jason Aldag The Washington Post)

              Introducing our Beer Madness 2014 panelists

              Four experts and four readers include a congressman, a baker, a pastor, a chef and some enthusiastic drinkers.

              A keg of Troegs 'Perpetual' Beer at Meridian Pint in Washington, D.C.

              Beer Madness 2014: Style glossary

              A guide to the craft beers we tasted for this year’s competition.

              WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Beer madness Flying Dog Double Dog photographed at Birch and Barley in Washington, DC. Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post) WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Beer madness Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre photographed at Birch and Barley in Washington, DC. Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Beer madness Wild Wolf Local Wolf photographed at Birch and Barley in Washington, DC. Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

              2013 Winner: Hops rule in Beer Madness

              Flying Dog’s Double Dog triumphs over Legend Pilsner to win our annual taste-off of craft brews.

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Maui CoCoNut Porter by Maui Brewing Company photographed in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

              2012 Winner: Maui Coconut Porter, champ in a can

              The last beer standing from our 32-brew field is Maui Coconut Porter, the first can to win the event edged the defending champ.