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Drinking the NCAA Tournament: East Regional voting

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Even if ‘Nova flames out in the early rounds like last year, at least they’ll have good beer nearby to keep them warm.

NCAA Basketball: Connecticut at Syracuse Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

As mentioned earlier, we’re changing up our annual “Drinking the NCAA Tournament” feature this year to give the voting power to our Syracuse Orange fan community (and other likely visitors).

To refresh everyone: We provide selections for every NCAA Tournament team’s best brewery (in the actual city they play in) and keep them in the corresponding seeds. Voting will last three days per round. So after round one, we’ll be behind the real bracket, but catch up early next week. You’ll get it pretty quickly, trust me.

The bracket is below. Additionally, we’re honing in on the East region here, with subsequent posts for the South, West and Midwest (the latter two on Friday).

(1) Tired Hands Extra Vanilla Double Milkshake IPA (Villanova) vs. (16) The River Company Apple Brown (Radford)

One of the Northeast’s top breweries, Tired Hands, has perfected “milkshake IPAs” as a style. The River Company is Radford’s brewpub with quality house beers -- including this Apple Brown. Brown ales seem to be a favorite style in that neck of the woods.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Tired Hands Extra Vanilla Double Milkshake IPA
    (42 votes)
  • 20%
    The River Company Apple Brown
    (11 votes)
53 votes total Vote Now

(8) Rising Silo Thunder Snow Stout (Virginia Tech) vs. (9) Druid City Downtown North Porter (Alabama)

Dark beers all around here. Rising Silo’s stout is the best beer in the larger Blacksburg area (including Radford). Druid City’s porter also does the trick right near Alabama’s campus — plus if you go, there’s an impressive selection of LPs to look through as well.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Rising Silo Thunder Snow Stout
    (30 votes)
  • 34%
    Druid City Downtown North Porter
    (16 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now

(5) Mountain State Miner’s Daughter Oatmeal Stout (West Virginia) vs. (12) Perrylodgic Parahop 101 (Murray State)

Appalachia loves stouts/porters/browns, apparently. Mountain State’s Miner’s Daughter is a light representation of the style, not necessarily bringing the weight of similar oatmeal stouts. Perrylodgic’s Parahop 101 is a citrusy IPA that toes the line between the battling New England and West Coast takes on the genre.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Mountain State Miner’s Daughter Oatmeal Stout
    (18 votes)
  • 59%
    Perrylodgic Parahop 101
    (26 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now

(4) Central Standard Drop Top Caddy (Wichita State) vs. (13) The Peddler Fist Bump IPA (Marshall)

Wichita’s upped its craft beer game, and Drop Top Caddy is an interesting take on a sour -- conjuring up an orange soda vibe. The Peddler is Huntington, W.V.’s lone brewery, but has earned local attention for its house IPA, First Bump.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Central Standard Drop Top Caddy
    (19 votes)
  • 54%
    The Peddler Fist Bump IPA
    (23 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

(6) Swamp Head Saison Du Swamp (Florida) vs. (11) Four Mile Allegheny IPA (St. Bonaventure)

Some saisons can come off heavy, but Swamp Head’s manages to be lighter and airier. At Four Mile, their West Coast IPA is exactly my style, with six different hop varietals and packing the punch that used to define American IPAs.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Swamp Head Saison Du Swamp
    (17 votes)
  • 63%
    Four Mile Allegheny IPA
    (29 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now

(3) Triple J Control “Alt” Delete (Texas Tech) vs. (14) Fredonia Pine Cove Porter (Stephen F. Austin)

The field’s lone altbier, lines up against Nacogdoches’s first craft brewery. We’d long derided Stephen F. Austin’s hometown for failing to produce anything other than Clint Dempsey. They finally delivered here.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Triple J Control "Alt" Delete
    (29 votes)
  • 29%
    Fredonia Pine Cove Porter
    (12 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

(7) Fossil Cove Paleo Pale Ale (Arkasnas) vs. (10) Sun King Afternoon Delight (Butler)

Fossil Cove brings some complexity as a pale ale, combining caramel malts and a fruity taste along with it. Sun King’s Afternoon Delight is a barrel-aged Dopplebock that really absorbs the flavors from the aging process and provides smooth notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Fossil Cove Paleo Pale Ale
    (13 votes)
  • 65%
    Sun King Afternoon Delight
    (25 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now

(2) People’s Space Cowboy IIPA (Purdue) vs. (15) The Bruery Black Tuesday (Cal State Fullerton)

People’s Space Cowboy is a piney, tropical DIPA that’s worth drinking immediately. As for the Bruery, I talk them up pretty regularly and Black Tuesday is likely their most well-known beer around the country (and one of the best BA stouts around, in my opinion).

Poll

Which beer advances to the round of 32?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    People’s Space Cowboy IIPA
    (18 votes)
  • 56%
    The Bruery Black Tuesday
    (23 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

Polls close for these first round matchups at midnight Saturday evening.