More Madness Than Ever

The WaPo’s Beer Madness craziness continues. The second round brought a whole new panel of judges to taste, and the upsets continued. Both Pilsner Urquell and Troegs Hopback lost this round, meaning I definitely have to find Nogne O Pale Ale. I currently have Ephemere (out, and from tasting it again, I see why: like mixing beer with green apple Jolly Rancher), St Louis Framboise (out also, not surprised since fruit beers are a tough sell), and Xingu Black Beer (still in it, could be the dark horse, get it, DARK horse?) in the house. Frankly, I have no idea how it will play out from here, but I’d love to see a non-lager win it.
As for the other Madness, there is no one more shocked than me to see my Spartans in the Final Four for the second year in a row. I picked them to lose to Maryland in my bracket. Then I thought they’d lose to Northern Iowa, and then Tennessee. And yet, they keep finding a way to give me heart attacks and pull out one more win. They are sure to be underdogs again against Butler, and then in the final whomever they play. But how can you count them out? I’m just glad that I will be able to watch any remaining games, rather than scrambling to try to find a pub or hotel in Ireland to watch the games.
March is a fun time of year.