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Beer Madness: Readers’ vs. judges’ picks

Greg Kitsock and the Beer Madness judges taste and record their thoughts on this year’s field of brews. (Instagram user Carannk)

But while judges appear to be on the same page with their picks, readers have disagreed with a few of the panel’s decisions.

In the first two rounds, readers voted against Maui Coconut Porter, selecting both Lucky 7 (in Round 1) and Allagash Black (Round 2) over the porter. Sierra Nevada Stout has suffered the same fate. Despite six votes from the panel in the first round, the Sierra Nevada product lost to Schlafly Oatmeal Stout among readers.

Greg Engert of Church Key tallies the judges’ votes during Beer Madness. (Instagram user Carannk)

In the first round, Bell’s Lager crushed Fordham Helles Lager, 1329-786 in online voting, despite losing in the judges’ final tally. Three Philosophers likewise dominated Siamese Twin, 1190-344, but couldn’t convince the judges to pick it over the lemon grass-flavored Siamese Twin.

In the second round, Eliot Ness triumphed over Fordham among online voters without advancing to the final eight among judges.

Have you agreed with our panel’s verdicts? Tell us in the comments below and cast your vote for the ultimate brew in our interactive bracket.

More on Beer Madness:

Hometown brew makes it past second round

Defending champ Fordham Helles Lager survives first round

A style guide to this year’s field

Beer Madness: Craft brew descriptions

Meet the Beer Madness judges

Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.


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