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Sync Craft Beer Tournament Readers’ Choice Final Four

It seems like only yesterday Shea and I were narrowing our picks for the 32 brews competing in the 2014 Sync Craft Beer Tournament.

Now, the Readers’ Choice Bracket is down to the Final Four. Judging by these picks, y’all certainly like your local brews. Three of the four are Arkansas natives.

Thanks to everyone who has been voting online. Voting for the next round kicks off Tuesday, March 25 (aka tomorrow) and will end on Thursday, March 27. If you haven’t yet, register and vote at syncweekly.com/beer. Sign up to vote, and you’re entered to win a full-size kegerator.

And remember, if your favorite brewery or beer didn’t make the Final Four here, Shea and I have the Sync Craft Beer Staff Choice Bracket going as well. Our Final Four will be revealed in the latest issue of Sync, on stands March 26.

Readers’ Choice Final Four

Easy Drinking: Fossil Cove Paleo Ale

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Hoppy: Boulevard Double-Wide IPA

Dark and Rich: Vino’s Lazyboy Stout

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Wild Card: Core ESBRead more >

Sync Craft Beer Tournament 2014: How we picked

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By now, you’ve probably heard that we’re hosting a March Madness-style bracket throw down to determine the reigning craft beer champ in the Little Rock area. (If this is news to you, go here to vote, or start following me on Twitter, where I’ve been blabbing about it for days).

The brackets come in two forms: The people’s choice, where readers and beer lovers can cast their votes and staff’s choice, where Shea Stewart and I put our beer love to the test of narrowing the 32 beers down to a final four. Then, with a panel of area beer experts, we’ll crown a staff’s choice winner.

But how did we pick the 32 in the first place? Good question.

We drank some beers and picked what we liked.

Well, not really. But it was a completely editorial decision on the part of me and Shea. We recognize that taste in beer is subjective, and our preferences may not line up with every reader. But the choice was in our hands.

All beers had to meet a few criteria: Available in central Arkansas and brewed in a state in Arkansas’ orbit, aka the Mid-South/Midwest.

We started off concentrating … Read more >