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The Final Four of Beer Styles | PorchDrinking Staff Picks

The Final Four of Beer Styles | PorchDrinking Staff Picks

The calendar says April, but for millions of sports fans it’s still March Madness. The 68 teams that qualified for the tournament have been reduced to the Final Four, who will battle in Indianapolis on Saturday. Will you be drinking a beer while watching the game? If so, what beer? Let’s be honest, picking which beer to enjoy can sometimes be tough. That got us thinking: If a there was a beer style competition, what styles would make the Final Four of Beer Styles? Our staff provided their picks — what are yours?

Mathew “BBA” Powers

Okay writers, let me ask you a question. If you held a beer style competition, what beer styles would make your final four? Think about it — and have fun! 

Aaron MJ Gore 

Oooooooooooooh. I tend to be pretty into styles with a good balance between hops and malt, so for me:

  • American Pale Ale
  • Strong Bitter
  • Czech Pilsner
  • Schwarzbier

Brea Reimer-Baum 


  • Pilsner
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Fruited Sour
  • Märzen

Bierstadt Lagerhaus Oktoberfest Märzen Lager

Tristan Chan

I really dig this prompt:

  • Pilsner
  • Barrel-Aged Stout
  • Bretted Table Beer
  • West Coast IPA

Brandon Cohran 

  • Echoing on this one: West Coast IPA
  • Adjunct Stout (pastry/BA)
  • Helles Lager
  • American Pale Ale

Katie Camlin 

I love this!!! Mine would be:

  • Quadruple
  • Pilsner
  • Barrel-Aged Stout
  • American IPA


Mathew “BBA” Powers

I suppose I should give my answer, too. This will be tough. Okay, here goes:

  • American Pale Ale
  • Belgian Wit
  • BBA (duh) – Stout
  • Märzen

Elijah Rivera 

This is near impossible for me, but I’d probably go with representation from four of the world’s great brewing traditions.

  • German: Helles
  • Belgian: Gueuze
  • British: Oatmeal Stout
  • American: Red IPA

Kindsey Bernhard 

  • West Coast IPA
  • American Wheat Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Schwarzbier

Eric Griffin 

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
  • Barleywine (also prefer BBA *smile*)
  • Belgian Quad
  • American Wild Ale

Honorable Mentions:

  • Helles-style lager
  • Gueuze Lambic

Nathan Jahns 

  • West Coast IPA
  • NE IPA
  • Brut IPA
  • Triple IPA

I think I have an IPA problem… *laughing*

Seth Garland

  • Dunkel
  • Imperial IPA
  • BBA Stout
  • Spicy Pepper Beer (whatever I don’t care if it’s an official category or not)


Dan Renfro 

  • Hazy Pale Ale (IPA/PA Region)
  • Milk Stout (Dark Beer Region)
  • Fruited Sour (Flavor Bomb Region)
  • Altbier (Wish I Saw it More Region)

Jason Ley 

  • Double (West Coast) IPA
  • Lambic
  • BBA Stout
  • American Barleywine (don’t hate)

David Nilsen 

Brutal, and could easily change:

  • Vienna Lager
  • White IPA
  • Adjunct Stouts
  • Belgian Pale Ale

Scott Johnson

  • Pilsner (Czech)
  • American Pale Ale
  • Strong Belgian Dark Ale
  • Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Karl Kalinkewicz

  • Gueuze
  • Fruited Lambic
  • Double IPA
  • BA Barleywine.

I’m hoping Pastry Stout is upset in the first round by a 15-seeded Kellerbier


Karen Mills

  • Pilsner
  • West Coast IPA
  • Lambic
  • Helles

Emma Wargolet

  • Saison
  • Sour IPA
  • American Wild Ale

Ken, Better on Draft

  • Altbier
  • English Style Brown
  • Dubbel
  • English Mild

Jessica Spengler

  • West coast IPA
  • Black Lager
  • Kölsch
  • Irish Red


Jason Murphy 

  • Pilsner
  • DIPA
  • BA Stout
  • Imperial Sour

Jereme Zimmerman 

Mostly obscure and not so obscure farmhouse / historical styles…

  • Saison
  • Bière de Garde
  • Rauchbier
  • Sahti

Abby Schmeling

  • West Coast IPA
  • Mexican-Style Lager
  • Gose
  • German-Style Pilsner

Scott Grossman

Loving all the responses!

  • Helles
  • Saison
  • Jalapeño Beer (I’m with Seth on that one!)
  • Bock

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