Geez, how do Sierra Nevada and Stone end up in the same bracket? That's two 1-seeds. Group A
Stone Group B
Really hard to vote NOLA out, and they would have easily made my top 2 in Group B. I had to break it down by beer versus Stone and Sierra Nevada. As much as I like NOLA Irish Channel Stout, I'd pick Stone's Imperial Russian Stout and Sierra Nevada's Narwhal over it. Hopitoulas is a good IPA, but Stone and SN make better IPA's. Mechahopzilla is pretty good, but Ruination is better and Hoptimum is equal. NOLA wins the Saison category, as well as the brown ale. Stone's special releases are better than Sierra Nevada's, so they get 1 vote. The homer factor gives NOLA the edge over Sierra Nevada, but it's a tough call.
Group B was easy with Ommegang, then it was a toss up. NOLA and Sierra Nevada would have easily beaten out the other 3. Brooklyn doesn't have enough depth to beat Green Flash and Saint Arnold. Saint Arnold is really top heavy with Endeavour, Pumpkinator and Bishop's Barrel and Green Flash is solid all around, but I'd pick NOLA and Sierra Nevada over both of them in a heartbeat.
Hard to believe I voted Sierra Nevada out. The selection committee sucks!