Wow. After an intense two days, the Sweet, Sweet Beer 16 has now been whittled down to the Elite IP8. No upsets in the Southwest Regional as both Newcastle and Sapporo advance easily over High Life and Ichiban. Excellent guard play really carried both teams and will make for an excellent matchup in the Elite IP8. In the East, Fat Tire cruised to an easy victory over Mid-Southwestern Atlantic Hops Conference champions Colt 45, and will now face Heineken in the next round. In the first huge upset of the tournament, Modelo outlasted Chimay to earn their first ever bid in the Elite IP8. Their date with destiny now must go through a senior-laden Stella Artois team that is motivated and battle tested. The Midwest bracket also produced plenty of fireworks as Guinness managed to edge upstart Becks 5-4. They now face a grueling quarterfinals matchup against Pacifico's three point barrage.
Ladies and gentlemen, here are your Elite IP8 matchups:
#1 Newcastle vs. #2 Sapporo
#1 Fat Tire vs. #2 Heineken
#2 Stella Artois vs. #4 Modelo
#1 Guinness vs. #3 Pacifico
Voting for the Elite IP8 is open through Saturday evening, with the winners to be announced Sunday morning (or whenever I eventually wake up from my stupor). The winner of the Southwest Regional will advance to face the winners out of the Midwest, and the darlings of the East will face off against the Northeast champions. To vote, simply write a comment to this post with the beers you would like to see advance. There is no love lost amongst these beers, but needless to say, I love them all.