March Madness 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Beer vs Bar Snacks: Your Winner!!!

Drumroll, please....

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

These past few weeks have been pretty intense, haven't they? Broken bottles, mussel shells and a variety of dipping sauces have paved the way to this, judgement day. There've been some serious blowouts (our condolences to Faxe and vending machine chips who went down fast and hard) and some incredibly tight matches, most of which included our dearly beloved local brews. We're sad to report the Final Battle was a little lacklustre, especially after the Final Four Weekend which was the most intense three days of food and drink since Thanksgiving. But maybe that's because we all knew who'd come out on top. Regardless, here's how it went.

The third place snack saucepot, chicken wings, elbowed its way to the final after taking out peanuts, onion rings and—in two crazy nail-biters—poutine and nachos. On the beer side, tenth-seeded Bridge Farmhouse Ale eliminated Stella Artois, Garrison Nut Brown, Granite Best Bitter and, in the best showing of the entire tournament, Propeller IPA. That shit was crazy, what a match! Props to both teams for some serious sportsmanship. In the end it came down to the underdog of all underdogs vs an army of two dozen wings that somehow slipped through the competition. In no surprise at all (because, duh, beer rules all) Bridge pummeled the spicy little buggers and their wet naps, 63 to 36. High fives and butt pats to the new kid on the block! We love a Cinderella story. Cue the obligatory dog pile.

That settles it folks, beer trumps bar snacks. Liquid lunches for all! Thanks for humouring us in this strange experiment. Eleven months until our next random bracket...get training!

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Day 17: The Final Four Battle!

Check out these tasty scrappers! Good work everyone—but the battle isn't over.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I can barely contain myself. The final four battle is here and it sounds like a recipe for a great Friday night: Propeller IPA versus Bridge Farmhouse Ale, chicken wings versus nachos. Read here for all the necessary background you'll need to complete your mission, and peruse our updated bracket below while pouring out something for the fallen boozes and bites.

First, let's talk yesterday. Nachos crushed the potato skin competition like so many discarded tortilla crumbs at the bottom of the bag. 76 percent to 23 percent! I have to admit, I thought it was going to be closer than that. But then again, one of the snacks had the word "skin" in the name so...

That crushing defeat brings us our final four. I'm all a-tingle with excitement! Will nachos defeat wings? Will wings raise their tiny fists to heaven in victory? You decide:

The beer category is a local barroom brawl, Propeller IPA versus Bridge Farmhouse Ale. Growlers clash, pints attack and you pick your favourite, old favourite and new favourite?

Polls close on Monday morning, so you have a whole weekend to deliberate, throw your rune stones, pray to the snack gods and bite your lip over your choices.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Day 16: The Elite Eight- Nachos vs Potato Skins


Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Good morning Halifax, and welcome to the final round of the Elite Eight Battle. And what a battle it's been. Finally some tighter matches that have been both finger-licking, and nail-biting. This weekend brings the beginnings of the Final Four showdown and if your staring at this lovely fried-food graphic and wondering, "Is this real life?" you owe it to yourself to click here to read up on what you've missed over the last couple of weeks. Frankly, I'm way too pumped about today's face-off to educate you on the serious world of bracketing.

Yesterday brought another local beer vs local beer duel, with the underdog success story of the tournament, Bridge Farmhouse Ale (which has pummelled its way from tenth seed), taking on Halifax's nostalgia brew, Granite Best Bitter (which entered the tourney as a confident third place bevvy). And yet again, the new kid in the north end came out swinging its ceramic growlers, showing its Belgian roots (whatever that means, are Belgian people feisty? For the purpose of this blog I'm going to assume YES.) And I'm gonna say it, for someone who should've been defending that "Best" title, Granite really didn't show up for this one. It was a 71 to 28 percent spread, with one percent of sportsfans getting lost in the ether.

Now, today. A food fight to place bets on. Number one seeded nachos is looking for another victory, hoping to take out its piled-high competitor, potato skins, a surviving fifth place snack. Which one of these layered-with-cheese delights warms your belly best? Do you fancy a corn chip or spud slice base? Is sour cream enough or do you yearn for a little salsa too? These are hard questions for the appetizer lovers, I know, but let me share a little prediction here: I think it'll all come down to whether or not those bacon bits are real. If they're true, honest-to-goodness, chopped up bits of bacon, potato skins have a chance. If it's actually those weird dehydrated, slightly-burgundy, sprinkled from a can ones—game over. When you're trying to take out number one, it all comes down to details.

Go teams go! Stay tuned tomorrow for the introduction of your Final Four.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day 15: Granite Best Bitter vs Bridge Farmhouse Ale

North end microbreweries face off in quarter-final!

Posted on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

We're into the second round of the semi-finals, folks, and the beer's flowing something fierce. In case you've been on a Lenten hiatus or for some reason have been tee-totalling and have no clue what we're talking about, here is the backgrounder for all the hilarity.

Yesterday, over in the first snack quarter-final, Chicken Wings just barely slipped past the Canadian favourite, Poutine, and let's all say a silent prayer in the memory of our 4am drunken mistake of embracing liberté, égalité, fraternité or sovereignty or whatever the fuck we were going on about when we thought three orders of gravy-ed-up Poutine was a great idea on top of the 14,000 mixed drinks we had had earlier in the evening.

Anyway, on to today's matchup of two north end favourites, both small in stature, but huge in flavour. In one corner, we have Granite, which has bounced around town for decades, a loyal following, er, following, from Hollis Street to south Barrington to Gingers to, now, up on Stairs Street as a retail outlet only. And in the other corner, we've got the upstart Bridge, still wet behind the ears, so new you can smell the new-beer packaging, but hitting the beer fashion world like the bikini hit the beach fashion world in the Atomic Age: BOOM! Talk about trendy! It's hipster heaven over at the Agricola Street brew dispensary, but this is clearly no one-time fad: this very, very decent beer will be here for generations, no matter the result of today's contest.

Polls stay open until Friday morning.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 14: The Elite Eight - Chicken wings vs Poutine

The ultimate question of meat versus potatoes finally gets its answer. Makin' history.

Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 10:44 AM

This is it, shit's starting to get real, folks. Don't get too scared now. All you salt-mongerers and beer garglers cut our list of tasty treats down to eight and this is what's happening now. Did you just fall off the bus? We're marching through madness over here, read this for for the low down. And check out the updated bracket to see the way things have been toppling.

Before I get into the whosits and whatsits of today let's take a minute to grieve the loss of that brew-battled renegade Keith's, it went down with barely a fight, collapsing with 19 percent of the vote while Propeller IPA happily danced a jig on its grave, commanding a neat 80 percent of the vote (don't question my math, dammit, I have an English degree) and going down in history as the Keith's assassin—the indie brew that finally brought the monster down. Now what will your dad drink? Heavy stuff, bro.

But today, today is where the real deals get made, where the age-old question of meat versus potatoes really comes a-callin'. On the one hand you've got the illustrious chicken wings, so beloved by snackers of all ages, that they have more than one day a week devoted to gobblin' them on the cheep (haha see what I did there?). And on the other hand you've got potatoes all dressed up and fancy-like, fried to a crisp perfection, drowning in your favourite part of turkey dinner and paired with the ultimate heavy weight—cheese. Don't mess with cheese, you'll only get burned. What's it going to come down to? Protein or carbs? There can be only one. (But, really there shouldn't, consider your food-pyramid health.)

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Day 13: Meet the Elite Eight

Propeller IPA vs Keith's. This battle is no joke

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

The elite eight have been chosen! From now until Thursday, things slow down a bit—only one match up per day—but let's give a drunken round of applause to the strongest competitors, nachos, potato skins, chicken wings, poutine, Granite Best Bitter, Bridge Farmhouse Ale, and today's warriors, Propeller IPA and Keith's. Have no idea what is happening here? Read this for precious, precious context. And check out the updated bracket over yonder.

Before we start today's hype man spiel, let's talk about the weekend. While you were stuffing your face with ham and chocolate, poor, poor Granite and Oland were having the battle of a lifetime, Azumi-style, in which two friends (I'm assuming) had to fight to the death. Why, master, why??? In the end, Granite delivered the finishing blow to Oland, 58 percent to 41 percent. Snacks were a similarly close battle, with potato skins smothering mussels 52 percent to 47 percent. Mussels had romance on their side, but I'll tell you who I wouldn't like to meet in a darkened alley: MELTED CHEESE.

Today shows two hometown favourites going at 'er, Propeller IPA versus Keith's. One is the strong (certainly in alcohol content), silent type, likely pretty decent at fixing a dripping tap, capable of making a mean carbonara and the other is the life of the party, bubbly, slightly goofy and manages to look oddly attractive in cargo shorts. Who will be your beer boyfriend, guys? Dish:

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Day 12: Oland Export vs Granite Best Bitter and Potato Skins vs Mussels

Two north end-brewed beers battle it out while snacks have a greasefest.

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Is this getting exciting or what? Beer. Bar snacks. For a dozen days in row. There's plenty of gut-patting going on in The Coast office, and we're betting in living rooms all over town. Yum. Haven't a clue what we're talking about? Read this for the full story, if need be, or like Buddy over at the dive bar, just order 14 more beers and jump into the conversation willy-nilly. They'll love ya, promise.

Before getting into today's serious business, let's review last night's drunken hilarity. Over in the beer category, folks were bellying up to the bar all night long, matching pint for pint, pint for pint, pint for pint. There were many elbows bended, and a few thrown in foul. It was a horrifically ugly night, and by closing time, the contest was decided by one measly percentage point, with Keith's just edging out Corona, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent. This will be a game remembered for all of history. Or would've been, if people hadn't gotten so sloppily drunk. On the grub side, it wasn't even close: Chicken Wings slaughtered Onion Rings, giving the slimy vegetable a taste of its own tear-inducing misery.

Now for today's bouts. The beer contest pits two local favourites against each other: Oland Export, coming off a beer label-thin victory of Japan's Sappora, will face Granite Best Bitter, which last week convincingly walloped O'Doul's. These two beers are brewed within blocks of each other in Halifax's north end—Oland at the gigantic Agricola Street brewery, Granite just across Robie Street on Stairs Street. We predict drunken hooliganism throughout the contest, possibly within camera-shot of the ATV studio. Will Cindy Day take the beer bong challenge? Will Steve Murphy make a cameo, down a few dozen cold ones and condemn one of the contestants for having a french accent? Only time will tell.

On the snack side, we've got an old-fashioned grease vs grease snack attack. Neither side can even pretend to nutrition. I mean come on, Potato Skins ain't even the good part of the potato, just the dirty rind leftover from the indignations of a thousand field hands. Mussels, yea well, sure, find some actual seafood in there somewhere, and call the people who catalog the discovery of new planets circling Star Beta 4,000, because the meat-to-grease ratio in so-called "Mussels" is astronomically small. But hey, have at it:

The polls will be open until Monday morning. And don't miss a thing, get your daily reminders here.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 11: Keith's vs Corona and Chicken wings vs Onion rings

The highly underestimated Corona tries for another upset and wings hit rings in a rhyming battle of flavour.

Posted on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM

There's been upsets aplenty in the last couple days and possibly only more to come, are you on the edge of your seat yet? Read back if you need a little context from this post but really, you're a little late to the game aren't you?

First things first, we gotta talk about yesterday and how ol' Farmboy (seeded 10, may I remind you) that new, but not faking it, wish I could get some, too popular for its own good, Bridge Farmhouse Ale, busted out on the field, pitchforks at the ready and handily defeated other local hero, Garrison Nut Brown (seeded 2, we really thought they were going all the way) in an epic battle of glass shards and plaid shirts. Meanwhile, it was nachos vs sliders on plate, and do we even need to talk about it? How could miniature almost-burgers ever dream of competing against the melted layers of chips and cheese? They couldn't. Nachos busted their buns like it wasn't even the last day of Burger Week.

Today it's all about the surprise upset Corona (seeded way back in 12) battling out yet another Canadian brew, Keith's (seeded 4). Will Corona go gentle into that good night, or will they bring out the sun worshipers for another surprise win? Only time will tell.

And, when it comes to tummy grumblings, it's an epic match up, the great O takes on saucey dead bird arms—both contenders who easily defeated their last battle are now getting serious. Will it be deep fried with ketchup or wet-napped and sticky that takes home the win?

The polls will be open until tomorrow morning. And don't miss a thing, get your daily reminders here.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 10: Bridge Farmhouse vs Garrison Nut Brown and Nachos vs Sliders

This is where it gets interesting.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

We've done it. We've passed the half-way mark in the tournament and, surprisingly, without too many tears. But now that we've cracked the second round of face-offs, anything could happen. If you're wondering what in the world I'm rambling about it's about time you get your head in the game, so please consult this previous post.

Before I get into what may be one of the most exciting match-ups thus far, let me reflect on yesterday's battles. On the booze court, the hometown team Propeller IPA pulled out all the stops and handily defeated the brawny-but-lead-footed Guinness, 69 to 30 percent. And greasy fingers picked poutine over sweet potato fries with a 61 to 38 percent split, proving that apparently a tiny cup of curry mayo just isn't enough.

Today, you may—like myself—find yourself divided on which jersey to pull out for the beer battle. Old reliable Garrison Nut Brown, a second place seed, is geared up to take on the newbie north ender Bridge Farmhouse Ale. Will the seasoned vet win over the energetic, young blood? Home team versus home team? We'll be watching this one through our fingers.

And, on the solids side the number one nachos (with extra jalapeños, please) takes on the eighth-ranked dwarf burgers—er—sliders. This as a no brainer and I would bet my side of fries on it. Come on. Think of the cheese. Think of the guac! But you know this city and its beef, anything could happen.

The polls will be open until tomorrow morning, so after you listen to this bad boy, get clicking. And if for some reason you're only falling in love with this bracket now, get your daily reminders here.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 9: Propeller IPA vs Guinness, poutine vs sweet potato fries

That deep fryer is going cray, y'all.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Halfway through March Madness I can't help but get the feeling the people are hungry (and thirsty) for an upset. If this is all very strange and foreign to you, read up here for a bit of background. In short, we've chosen 16 beer varieties and 16 popular bar snacks and they are duking it out like the tasty little inanimate objects they are. See the complete bracket below:


Let's recap yesterday. Oland Export barely eked out a win against the Japanese powerhouse, Sapporo. 50 percent to 49 percent. How do those numbers even work? Don't ask me. すいません/Sumimasen, Sapporo. It was a valiant fight.

The snack match-up was less of a nail-biter, with mussels snapping up the win 68 percent to olives' 31 percent. But did you guys forget about those olives that are stuffed with almonds? What about the ones stuffed with GARLIC? What's that you say? Garlic butter? Ah, as you were.

Today is a real heavyweight match, India versus Ireland, with Propeller IPA facing off against Guinness. Choose your poison, city.

The snack side has turned out remarkably same-y. Fries against fries. I could opine on the differences, but when sweet potato poutine is as common these days as bottled water, I won't waste your time. This comes down to salty versus sweet, plain and simple. I am a salt fan, all the way but what say ye?

Voting closes tomorrow (Wednesday), good luck to the contenders and if you have a hankering for daily updates, click here and have at 'er.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 8: Oland Export vs Sapporo and Mussels vs Olives

Will the local no-nonsense beer and seafood prevail, or have Haligonians gotten a taste for the foreign?

Posted on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

It's Day 8 and we're really hitting the comfort zone of beer and snack Nirvana. Just enough beer to be at social ease, but not so much for future embarrassment; just enough snacks to satisfy, not so much as to have awkward, er, emissions. What are we talking about? Here's a backgrounder, but the short of it is that, Inspired by the NCAA, and Jezebel we're going full March Madness with a duel between 16 beers and 16 bar snacks. But unlike that other March Madness, you, readers, get to play.

Before we get to today's contest, let's review yesterday's results. Despite the best cheerleading effort of two Coast staffers, ahem, readers went easily with home town favourite Keith's over Colt 45. Still, let's give Colt a pat on the back for giving it the old college try, and for keeping it close through the first half, anyway. On the food side, those slobs in the Coast production office were grossing people out with their egg roll slurping, but once again, readers went the more conventional route, giving Onion Rings a blow-out victory, with 75 percent of the vote to Egg Roll's 24 percent. Where's the other one percent? Seems one reader has already been ejected from the contest for, well, let's just say he's had a hard time handling his beer and snacks, and leave it at that.

Now, on to today's pairings. Again, we have Maritime favourites going up against foreign interlopers. One the beer side, is north end Hali homeboy Oland Export versus Japan's Sapporo. We don't think this one's even going to be close. Dudes walk into dive bars all over the peninsula asking for Vitamin O, and hug those little brown bottles with the red labels like they're the girlfriend they'll never have. But who knows? Maybe north end gentrification is bringing in a more respectable drinker, and you gotta admit, that suave Japanese beer sure goes down smooth. There's always room for an upset. That's why they play the game.

On the bar food side, sure, Mussles ain't exactly fished around here, and they ain't exactly fish either, but they're kinda like fish, and just slimy enough to be considered seafood. So, not a hometown thing, but we can relate, ya know? Is the connection fond enough for Haligonians, or will they go with hoity-toity Olives?

Let's see, a little greasy Maritime-like seafood-y grub washed down with some cheap Vitamin O, or do I have to go pick up some dry cleaning, comb my hair and drain the ATM in order to be seen by all the beautiful people while I'm delicately popping olives and sipping, pinky finger sticking out, from a glass? Hmmm.

Not that we're picking sides.

Voting closes first thing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. If you'd like to be kept in the loop of our March Madness madness, click here for daily reminders.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 7: Keith’s vs Colt 45 and Onion rings vs Donair egg rolls

The hometown brew tries to make you black out the perfect nostalgia in a bottle and a classic steps in the ring with something new

Posted on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM

It's Day 7 and things are really starting to get heated, read up here if you're just coming out of hibernation. Inspired by the NCAA, and Jezebel we're going full march madness with a duel between 16 beers and 16 bar snacks. What will come out on top? Only time will tell.

Before we talk about what's on the docket for today, let's have a look at yesterday's results. Early on in the day it almost seemed like the non-alcoholic I Can't Believe it's Not Beer (Wait, Yes I Can) had a chance, eeking out a 50-50 split before noon, but then you dirty boozehounds came cruising in with your "Wait a minute, what tools are voting for O'Doul's" lunch-time hankerings and let loose the Granite fans kicking it up to an 81-18 split that lasted till this morning. The poor wannabe-beer never stood a chance, leaving O'Doul's fans with nothing to drown their sorrows in besides their own tears. On the quick, get this in my mouth front, loaded up pertaters happily stomped through that little town of fried pepperoni, burning as it went. No amount of honey mustard is going to revive them. I want to say I'm surprised but I'm not.

Today, it's all about loyalty, folks. Seed number four, Keith's, is coming out of the downtown gates strong looking for cheers all the way up to the nose-bleed section but can our seed number 13, Colt 45, draw on a deep-seated nostalgia and army of bros to take home a surprise win? It's up to you.

And on the tasty side of things, we've got the ultimate classic (seed number six), goes good with everything, why aren't I eating it right now? O of deliciousness. Obviously I'm talking about onion rings. One of the only vegetables that managed to beat its healthy roots and take up on the clogged arteries side of town. From beer-battered to greasy paper bag and into your stomach—there's really no stopping it. The mouth-watering giant goes up against new on the scene (at least to me) donair eggrolls. I don't know why they had to mess with a good thing but there's always someone who wants to take the best of both worlds, put 'em together and ruin it for everyone. I don't know, maybe they're not quite as disgusting as they sound, you tell me.

Voting closes on Monday, and if you'd like to be kept in the loop of our March Madness madness, click here for daily reminders.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 6: Granite Best Bitter vs O’Doul’s and Potato skins vs Fried pepperoni

The non-alcoholic underdog attempts a surprise takedown while loaded potatoes go head-to-head with pepperoni done right.

Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

It's Day 6 and it feels like we're just getting started, with nary a surprise so far it really starts to feel like this sunny day is a good omen of upsets to come, read here if this is all gibberish to you. Taking inspiration from the intensity of the NCAA, and the creativity of Jezebel our march madness has 16 beers and 16 bar snacks battling it out for top spot. Can't wait to see what wins? Hurry up and vote, fools.

Before we get into today's pairings, let's have a look at yesterday's results. In an outcome that surprised no one (except me) the nut that tastes good both chunky and smooth fell victim to the disgusting mess that is sauced-up chicken wings. Way to go guys, have fun investing in wet naps, I'll just be over here consoling Mr. Peanut—a true gentleman. Though with exactly 20 percent of the vote we can at least rest easy that we weren't alone. Peanut props, ya'll! Meanwhile, Moosehead (seeded five) went up against Corona (way back in 12 position), and must have been a little too cocky in the jaunt of its antlers because the beloved summertime thirst quencher came out on top. I'm not going to say that the stupid snowstorm we got had anything to do with it, but Haligonians are ready for some sun, dammit.

Today, we've got the ultimate matchup! Seed number three, Granite Best Bitter—its arrogance proudly displayed in its name—plans to easily squash the beer pregnant ladies and non-drinkers call a poor substitution and everyone else calls pointless. But don't let that stop you from voting for the little guy, and maybe get a little buzz off responsible choices?

Plus, we've got loaded up potatoes (seed numero cinq), the perfect blend of crispy crunch, bits of bacon and melty gooeyness facing off against the only way to eat pepperoni (seeded way back in place 12, what were we thinking?)—straight out of the frying pan and into your mouth. May the odds be ever in your favour.

Voting closes tomorrow, and if you'd like to be kept in the loop of our March Madness madness, click here for daily reminders.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 5: Moosehead vs Corona and Chicken Wings vs Peanuts

A North American beer battle spills over to the carnivore-vegan contest.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

It's Day 5 of March Madness, and Halifax is covered in a blanket of yuck. What better way to avoid the mess than to lose ourselves in beer and bar food, eh? If you have no idea what this is about, read here. Taking inspiration from the intensity of the NCAA, and the creativity of Jezebel we've created a tournament that has 16 beers and 16 bar snacks battling it out until, finally, the top brew will face-off against the most succulent snack. It's brilliant, right?

Before we get into today's pairings, let's have a look at yesterday's results. Hometown favourite tenth-seeded Bridge Farmhouse Ale clobbered seventh-seeded Stella Artois, with a whopping 87 percent of the vote. We're making no predictions, but it looks like Bridge might be a contender for the top spot! On the grub side, sliders comfortably defeated jalapeno poppers. We're thinking Hali just doesn't have the taste for the spicy.

Today, we've got a North American beer battle brewing, with Canada's Moosehead going pint-to-pint against Mexico's Corona. Will the local favourite once again prevail, or is this winter weather having people think about all things Mexico?

And how 'bout a little pollo with your cerveza? Or is that too meaty of a subject for you? On the bar grub side of things, we have a carnivore-vegan battle, with the favoured third-seeded Chicken Wings taking on fourteenth-seeded Peanuts.

Voting closes tomorrow, and if you'd like to be kept in the loop of our March Madness madness, click here for daily reminders.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 4: Stella Artois vs Bridge Farmhouse Ale and Sliders vs Jalapeño Poppers

Your morning dose of hops and grease

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

We're four days into our tasty take on bracketology, and is anyone else craving an upset? If you're new to the game, educate yourself here. Taking inspiration from the intensity of the NCAA, and the creativity of Jezebel we've created a tournament that has 16 beers and 16 bar snacks battling it out until, finally, the top brew will face-off against the most succulent snack. It's brilliant, right?

Before we get to what feats Day 4 has in store, let's talk about yesterday. Day 3 actually made for slightly fiercer competition that the first two days of blow outs. The eighth-seeded queen of darkness Guinness edged out the stone cold ninth seed, Coors Light, 68 percent to 31 percent. And in snackville, one of the toughest match-ups so far—seventh ranked poutine against tenth place (and completely under-estimated in my opinion) deep-fried pickles—saw pickles drowned out by gravy, baby. Poutine was the victor.

Today we've got a battle of the Belg on our hands. The seventh seeded Stella, straight out of Leuven, Belgium, challenges new kid on the block, tenth ranked Bridge Farmhouse Ale. Will the locally-brewed, rich and delicious Belgian-style ale and its ceramic growler have the gusto to knock out Europe's leading lady and her fancy stemmed glass? We have a feeling Stella may walk away from Day 4 feeling old, tired and overdressed.

And get your tummies growling early this morning on the snack side, where the eighth place sliders (AKA burgers that are small) battle with ninth place flavour explosion, the small but mighty jalapeño poppers. It's a pretty fair match-up, pitting bite-size against bite-size, but will the melty, spicy, deep-fried version of Gushers be able to shut out a team of tiny hamburgers and their gourmet aiolis?

Voting closes tomorrow, and if you'd like to be kept in the loop of our March Madness madness, click here for daily reminders.

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