St. Louis vs. Colorado
While the big breweries pulled these two cities with their long histories of beer making, thier recent histories might hurt their cities to move to the championship.
The behemoth of a brewery in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, just sold out to Belgian-Brazillian company Inbev. But, I'm willing to look past this to see if the gateway to the west has a new beer culture that extends beyond the clydesdales. There is a website soley devoted to the St. Louis beer scene, called STLhops.com. Their maps shows a cluster of breweries and places that are devoted to serving quality beer. And, the guys at O'Fallen Brewing Company are some mean beer pong players. However, if it weren't for thier former brewer making a bonehead move, they might have taken the title from Team Mycoskie.
Denver, Colorado also has a giant brewery that has been scooped up by a multi-national brewing conglomerate. South African Brewers bought the merged company of Miller-Coors and is now the second biggest brewing company in the world. But there are a ton of small breweries around the area that are making high quality beer, two of which stood out in this year's Great American Beer Festival. Great Divide won medals for Yeti Imperial Stout, Hoss Rye Lager, and Old Ruffian Barley Wine. Dry Dock Brewing Company won Small Brewing Company of the Year.
New York vs. Boston
Is the beer rivalry just as big as it is in sports? You bet you bottle caps it is! When the New England Patriots met the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, Brooklyn Brewery and Boston's Harpoon Brewery went at it. Whoever's team lost had to carry the other's beer in their tap room.
The head brewer of the Brooklyn Brewing Company, Garrett Oliver, is one of the driving forces behind craft beer in the country. He wrote the Brewmaster's Table, a guide for pairing food with beer, and has appeared on many TV shows featuring beer (including being a judge on Iron Chef for the beer throw down). There are also some other hidden gems in the city if you check out the New York Beer Guide.
Boston's most famous brewery is Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams. Today, it is the largest American owned brewery. If it EVER sells out to one of the big brewing conglomerates I will be very disappointed. But there is much more to Boston than just Sam Adams. Harpoon and Shipyard Brewing Companies also call it home. And, the city hosted last year's Craft Brewer's Conference.
This is almost a toss up, but because Boston has the largest American owned brewery...
Championship: Colorado vs Boston