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NHL Playoffs Expressed by Beer

April 15, 2010

For a bit of fun I thought I do an NHL playoff bracket but use a beer brewed in the team’s city in place of the team.  Two cities didn’t have any breweries or brewpubs (San Jose and New Jersery [Newark specifically]).  I tried to pick the most popular (aka most reviewed on the two big review sites).  Let’s break it down, then look at some shitty image I cooked up with my limited Photoshop skills.

In the West we got;

    Phoenix vs. Detroit Red Wings.

I think this will be the closest match-up in the first round.
For Phoenix I chose Four Peaks Brewing’ Kiltlifter Scottish Style Ale. There has gotta be some unwritten brewing rule that every other Scottish styled ale must be named Kiltlifter.
For Detroit they got Atwater’s Vanilla Java Porter.

    San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche

A new San Jose team, so for their sakes they better not choke as usual.
San Jose get Gordon Biersch Märzen. The one brewery/brewpub in San Jose has like 5 reviews total, so I went with a neighbour, and rather large brewer, of Gorden Biersch.
Colorado get Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout.

    Vancouver Canucks vs Los Angeles

Canucks are going to destroy LA.
I chose R&B Hoppelganger IPA (Hop Goblin IPA) for Vancouver. It was hard being local to pick something.
LA was tough to find a beer. No much is made with an Los Angeles address. So I gave them Stack High Gravity Smooth Lager.

    Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators

Chicago was easy to pick for – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.
Nashville’s most popular is Yazoo Dos Perros.

Now on to the East;

    Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators

Pittsburgh got East End Brewing Gratitude.
Senators were paired up with Heritage Traditional Dark.

    New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey was tough. They ended up with Climax Brewing Extra Special Bitter Ale.
Philadelphia got Yard’s Philadelphia Pale Ale. It has a nice ring to it.

    Montreal Canadiens vs Washington Capitals

Montreal was paired up what’s ranked as Canada’s best beer, Péché Mortel.
Washington was paired up with a beer I thought was fairly aptly named Capitol City Brewing Prohibition Porter.

    Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres

Boston got Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Where you expecting something else?
For Buffalo I gave them Flying Bison Aviator Red.

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