Tournament of Beer: West Coast Flagships - Down To The Final Four

24 April, 2020

If you were to open a brewery in 2020, chances are you wouldn’t settle on a flagship beer, but a never-ending rotation of experimentation and trend spotting. That makes the 64 flagship beers the public nominated into the Tournament of Beer: West Coast Flagships all the more valuable. May they never fade away.

Naturally, yesterday’s beer voting action set the mark for the highest vote count for a single day so far in the Tournament of Beer: West Coast Flagships. And favorites fell. They fell hard. In the 1980s Region, number one seed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale fell to number two seed Deschutes Black Butte Porter by 128 votes. Down in the 1990s Region, 5th seed Pelican Kiwanda Cream stunned Tacoma advancing to the Final Four with 53 percent of the votes over second seed E9 Brewing Tacoma Brew. Across in the 2000s Region, number eight seed Chuckanut Pilsner stopped 15th seed Double Mountain Hop Lava IPA’s flow with a 57 percent victory. And, in the 2010s Region, 11th seed Kulshan Bastard Kat IPA batted around a quiet fifth seed Breakside IPA, eventually winning by a 33 vote margin.

What flagship royalty will move onto the Final Four?

The barrel roll please (we know you just read them but we hired a drummer) …

Thanks to your votes, we’ve narrowed down the Tournament of Beer to these four flagships:

2. Deschutes Black Butte Porter

5. Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale

8. Chuckanut Pilsner

11. Kulshan Bastard Kat IPA

Let’s remember that every flagship beer that made it into the tourney is worth a sip. Still, there has to be winners. We started with 64 of the best flagship beers the West Coast has to offer. Now, these four remaining boss flagships face-off for the ultimate glory — malt-to-malt battles to determine the best flagship to come out of Washington, Oregon, and California in the last four decades. Which flagship has the moxie to nail down the championship? Whose flagship will win it all?

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