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

Your morning dose of hops and grease


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?

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