Published March 17th, 2020 at 6:00 AM
Hops Hysteria, perhaps the only bracket left in the age of coronavirus, is now down to its Sweet 16. There are still nine of the original 31 breweries left in the competition.
Some huge upsets started piling up during the Thirsty 32 round. Four of 16 match-ups saw the lower-seeded beers win. Two top-seeded beers were beaten.
The upsets were: 9 seed Counterculture IPA by BKS over 1 seed Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard; 6 seed Orange Gose by Crane over 3 seed Oatmeal Stout by Free State; 8 seed Tessellation Wheat IPA by Double Shift over 1 seed Single-Wide IPA by Boulevard; and 10 seed RAD AF by City Barrel over 3 seed Stormchaser IPA by Free State.
On to the next round. Elite 8 voting runs from now through Thursday, March 19, at noon.
1 seed Tank 7 by Boulevard vs. 4 seed Hefeweizen by KC Bier Co.
3 seed Yakimaniac IPA by Free State vs. 2 seed 80-Acre by Boulevard
9 seed Counterculture IPA by BKS vs. 4 seed Alpha Pale Ale by Torn Label
6 seed Orange Gose by Crane vs. 2 seed Dunkel by KC Bier Co.
1 seed The Calling by Boulevard vs. 5 seed House Brew by Torn Label
3 seed Hard Way IPA by Martin City vs. 2 seed Ad Astra Ale by Free State
8 seed Tessellation Wheat IPA by Double Shift vs. 5 seed Farmhouse IPA by Crane
3 seed Stormchaser IPA by Free State vs. 10 seed RAD AF by City Barrel Brewing Co.
Thanks for following along with Hops Hysteria during such an uncertain moment in our lives. We hope you’ll take a moment during your social distancing to keep voting online for your favorites and sharing with your friends.
Voting rounds start every Tuesday and Friday until March 31, when our first Hops Hysteria champion will be announced.
May the best beer win! Be safe out there, Kansas City.