The Battle

Battle of the Beers

Looking back at 2002

Battle of the American beers

- Complete results.

Alaskan celebration
Alaskan Brewing employess celebrate their victory. Read what they had to say about winning.
We had no idea what might happen when we kicked off the first Battle of the Beers last February. We picked 32 American beers, chosen to represent the diversity of styles available in the United States as well as various regions of the country.

The first match pitted Alaskan Smoked Porter and the slightly better known Coors Light. Smoked Porter won with 79% of the vote. We knew then that this was going to be an interesting tournament, though we didn't suspect that the Alaskan beer would go on to win the whole thing, edging Rogue Shakespeare Stout in the semifinals and Great Lakes Eliot Ness Lager in the finals.

The choices were seldom easy — Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' met in the first round, for instance — and readers provided terrific commentary.

Battle of the Imports

- Complete results.

We fudged a little for the Battle of the Imports and included 42 beers, with some first round votes matching three and even four beers. During the American competition, readers asked that we match like styles, so the Imports were paired into Ale and Lager brackets.

Guinness Stout emerged from the Ale competition, while Spaten Ur-Märzen edged Pilsner Urquell for the Lager title. Guinness claimed 51.4% of the final vote to claim the championship.

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Great places
to try these beers

Monk's Cafe
263 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Falling Rock
1919 Blake
Denver, CO.

547 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA.

Cafe Saint-Ex
1847 14th st NW
Washington, DC