The Walt Disney World Beer Tournament – Second Round

March 15th, 2012 by in Beer Culture

For the past three days, 64 beers have faced off in the first ever Walt Disney World Beer Tournament. Through your votes, 32 beers have been eliminated from the competition. The second round of the tournament begins today and will run until 3:00 PM CDT on Sunday, March 18, 2012. First, let’s take a look at the bracket (click to enlarge the full bracket) and then we’ll go region by region for a closer look at each matchup.

All four number one seeds made it through the first round, and just like the college basketball tournament there were some close matches, some upsets, and some blowouts. Let’s start with the Mickey region!

In the first round, Altenmünster Oktoberfest handled Saratoga Lager pretty easily with 83% of the vote. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale did nearly as well, earning 74% of the vote over Unibroue Maudite. Will this be another easy victory for one of these beers, or will the vote be much closer?

Altenmünster Oktoberfest or Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale?

  • (8) Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale (60%, 27 Votes)
  • (1) Altenmünster Oktoberfest (40%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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Second seed Abita Purple Haze made it through the first round over Terrapin Rye Ale with 70% of the vote, while Widmer Drifter Pale Ale had a slightly tighter margin in its win over Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale. These two popular beers face off in the second round!

Abita Purple Haze or Widmer Drifter Pale Ale?

  • (2) Abita Purple Haze (54%, 22 Votes)
  • (7) Widmer Drifter Pale Ale (46%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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The other Abita beer in the Mickey region, Abita Amber, prevailed over Kronenbourg 1664 with 66% of the votes. Meanwhile, Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale upset Bell’s Oberon in the battle of the Bells, 74% to 26%.

Abita Amber or Bell's Two-Hearted Ale

  • (3) Abita Amber (50%, 20 Votes)
  • (11) Bell's Two-Hearted Ale (50%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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The final match in the Mickey region features the five seed Guinness, who received 75% of the vote over Southampton Double White, and hometown hero Orlando Brewing Pale Ale who upset Dos Equis Lager, 61% to 39%. Can the hometown magic keep Orlando Brewing Pale Ale going against another beer deeply entrenched in Walt Disney World?

Guinness or Orlando Brewing Pale Ale?

  • (5) Guinness (63%, 25 Votes)
  • (13) Orlando Brewing Pale Ale (38%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Now let’s look at how the Minnie region turned out.

Number one seed Safari Amber took 77% of the vote against Kirin Ichiban in its first match. Meanwhile, Steamboat Pale Ale from Big River Grille & Brewing Works also got 77% of the vote over Carlsberg in a slight upset.

Safari Amber or Steamboat Pale Ale?

  • (1) Safari Amber (59%, 22 Votes)
  • (9) Steamboat Pale Ale (41%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Hövels, the Minnie region’s two seed, had a close match with Guinness Extra Stout but came away with a 57% win. Unibroue Blanche de Chambly fared a bit better against Shock Top with a 64% to 36% victory.

Hövels or Unibroue Blanche de Chambly?

  • (7) Unibroue Blanche de Chambly (72%, 26 Votes)
  • (2) Hövels (28%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Six seed Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale got 74% of the vote over Unibroue Don-de-Dieu. Fourteen seed Samuel Adams Imperial White pulled off a big upset over the three seed Chimay Red, 55% to 45%.

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale or Samuel Adams Imperial White?

  • (6) Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale (68%, 27 Votes)
  • (14) Samuel Adams Imperial White (33%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Two beers served all over Walt Disney World went down to set up this next matchup. Widmer Hefeweizen got 69% of the vote over Blue Moon, while Unibroue Éphémère blew out Bud Light , 84% to 16%.

Unibroue Éphémère or Widmer Hefeweizen

  • (5) Unibroue Éphémère (67%, 26 Votes)
  • (13) Widmer Hefeweizen (33%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Moving on to the Donald region!

Schöfferhofer Weizen took on Wowser’s Wheat in the first round and won with 76% of the vote, while Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA squeezed out a win over Birra Moretti with 58% of the vote.

Schöfferhofer Weizen or Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA?

  • (9) Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA (53%, 19 Votes)
  • (1) Schöfferhofer Weizen (47%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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Second seed Radeberger Pilsner won convincingly over Amstel Light in its first round match 77%-23%. Meanwhile Boddingtons English Pub Ale took down Florida beer Orange Blossom Pilsner with 64% of the vote in its match.

Radeberger Pilsner or Boddingtons English Pub Ale?

  • (7) Boddingtons English Pub Ale (74%, 26 Votes)
  • (2) Radeberger Pilsner (26%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

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Kona Longboard Lager and Abita Turbodog both advance to the second round after defeating Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Casa Beer respectively. Kona Longboard had a very tight match, winning with only 52% of the vote, while Abita Turbodog earned 69% of its vote.

Kona Longboard Lager or Abita Turbodog?

  • (3) Kona Longboard Lager (62%, 23 Votes)
  • (6) Abita Turbodog (38%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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Donald’s four and five seeds are also advancing to the second round. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale beat Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale by receiving 66% of the vote while Anchor Steam prevailed over Birra Moretti La Rossa with 70% of the vote.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Anchor Steam?

  • (4) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (61%, 23 Votes)
  • (5) Anchor Steam (39%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Finally, the Goofy region’s second round matchups!

The oldest brewery in America and Goofy’s top seed, Yuengling, won its first round match over Mythos Lager by getting 73% of the vote. Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55 and Stella Artois’s match ended in a tie, so we flipped a coin to break the tie and Stella Artois won and advances to the second round.

Yuengling or Stella Artois?

  • (1) Yuengling (63%, 24 Votes)
  • (9) Stella Artois (37%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Unibroue La Fin du Monde easily beat Sapporo with a 73% victory. Ten seed Young’s Double Chocolate Stout upset Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in a close match with 53% of the vote.

Unibroue La Fin du Monde or Young's Double Chocolate Stout

  • (2) Unibroue La Fin du Monde (72%, 23 Votes)
  • (10) Young's Double Chocolate Stout (28%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Tusker Premium Lager, the fourteen seed in this region, pulled off a huge upset over the three seed Abita Andygator in a tight game (55%-45%). Six seed Bedele also fell to the eleven seed Murphy’s Red Creamy Irish Ale 60%-40%.

Murphy's Red Creamy Irish Ale or Tusker Premium Lager?

  • (11) Murphy's Red Creamy Irish Ale (53%, 18 Votes)
  • (14) Tusker Premium Lager (47%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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To set up the last match of the first round, Key West Sunset Ale received 61% of the vote over Dos Equis Amber. On the other side, Unibroue Trois Pistoles defeated Alfa Lager with 85% of the vote.

Key West Sunset Ale or Unibroue Trois Pistoles?

  • (5) Unibroue Trois Pistoles (56%, 19 Votes)
  • (4) Key West Sunset Ale (44%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Those are all the matchups for the second round! Remember, all votes must be received by 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 18, 2012, and the third round will be posted Monday morning!


  • jamison

    This is by far one of the best brackets I have ever taken a part of. But just like the NCAA I have questions for the committee…
    1)Arrogant Bastard an 8 seed? Really?
    2)Orlando Brewing even MADE the tourney? They must have been automatic bids…
    3)Bud Light a 12 seeded higher then Dead Guy’s Ale??? How is Dead Guy’s not in the top 8?
    4)And Casa tastes too bad to be on the list IMO… but then again the last one I had was during the Marathon so that may have affected the taste.

    Great fun folks… keep it up!

    Reply

    • The Beers and Ears Crew Post author

      Seedings were explained in the first round article and were not done by taste test or some sort of qualitative measure but by the number of hits each beer’s page in the WDW Beer List had. It’s not a perfect way of doing it but for the most part we think it worked out well.

      Reply

      • jamison

        I’m sorry. I had read that, I guess in a poorly worded (and poorly implied) bit of sarcasm I was a)just playing on the fact everyone always complains about “the committee” and b)I am surprised by some of the scoring on the beers.

        Mea Culpa! Keep up the good work!

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  • Disneyweds

    Fantastic idea. Really enjoying the brackets.

    Reply

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