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How to Throw a (Pumpkin) Beer Bracket Party

Every year I throw a gathering that focuses on pumpkin beer and tasting it. Since that is not fun enough, I usually throw in some assessing activities (ranking, voting, etc). The past two years, which you can read about here, and also here, focused more on evaluating each beer through many criteria (pumpkin spice taste, overall flavor, drinkability, etc).

This year, however, we kept it simple: two beers match up against each other! The voters are blind to which beers are matched up against one another! Winners progress through a bracket format!

And I enjoy food themed brackets.

It’s the 2015 Pumpkin Beer Blind(ish) Bracket!


Organizing it and implementing it requires a bit of work, but it is very fun in the end.

Read below to see how to organize your very own food/drink bracket party.

Go to the bottom to see the winners of this year’s pumpkin beer bracket!

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Snack Bracket: FINAL FOUR!

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Reigning champion Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter cups will face off against Girl Scout winner Samoas. The winner of the sweets will face off against the winner of White Cheddar Popcorn vs. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter.

Now, your comments:


First, my favorite comment:

Elizabeth Brinton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Brinton) was able to sell more than 10,000 boxes of girl scout cookies in the 1985 selling season. Why do you think that is? Her stupid uniform? Her Girl-Scouty good manners? Her good-ol’ American determination and sense of Manifest Destiny? Hell no. Samoas sell themselves. The combination of bright coconut, soft caramel, and rich chocolate make them something special, something magical. Dare I even say inspiring? Yes! I do dare! Samoas are inspiring! If PB Cups are a heavy favorite to win this tournament, all I can say is, so was Georgetown in 1985. And we all know how that story ended. In glory. For the Wildcats, and for Elizabeth Brinton, apparently. I submit that this year’s story shall not only end in glory, but in caramel and coconut as well.


Also, this hate toward Cadbury eggs comes in a close second (this was all from one person) :

Cadbury eggs are gross. No one EVER gets excited about cadbury eggs. The fact that they change the colors of the yolk to make it look real is an ever more offensive affront to mankind.
I will work for the overthrow of this monstrosity. Right here. Right now

I got your huevos right here!

“Hey man, have you ever seen deez before?”
“Deez what?”
“Deez Cadbury Balls!”

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of cadbury eggs.

Cadbury Eggs? More like Can-I-bury-these-nasty-eggs!!!


Get your gross chocolate mini-testes out of here!

F you, Lord Cadbury!


And the rest, which are gold…


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2015 Snack Bracket Round 2

Vote here for Round 2

Thank you to those who participated in the first round of the Snack Bracket 2015! Over 85 people voted, and there were some tight races that went back and forth over the past few days.
And it’s time to vote for Round 2 (share this link with friends to vote: http://goo.gl/forms/NoAopk3Q3t  )
Some Round 1 Highlights:

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2015 Snack Bracket!

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Check out the bracket here!

The Snacket, some call it. I have too much time on my hands, others would call it.

Why a bracket-like tournament for snacks? It’s completely unimportant and silly, but it’s fun to think about and even more fun to discuss with friends, family and loved ones. I mean, why not?
Will Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups win two years in a row, or will Nacho Doritos get vengeance? Will new-comers Ginger Snaps and Pizza Bagel Bites have a strong showing? Will a fruit, nut or vegetable advance in the newly instated Healthy Region?
Also, these rankings are super scientific and legit. Do not question them. 
Pass this voting link ( http://goo.gl/forms/wAw0xHg7ff ) along to friends, enemies, and that co-worker you like but always needed a fun and accessible topic to use for a conversation starter.
Round 2 voting will commence in about a week!

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Snack Bracket: Sweet 16


Snacket 16


After my friends have voted, we are now in Round 3 of our (super serious) Snack Bracket.

See the original 60 snacks here.

The distinction we are making when voting is not what is necessarily the better snack but the more addicting snack.

Read on for some thoughts on this bracket.

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Snack Bracket – Round 1

In honor of March Madness and all things being turned into brackets, I asked friends about food related brackets we could come up with and thus determine the “best (insert thing here) ever!” once and for all. All worthy (read: inane, inconsequential) topics should be discussed via bracket form.

We determined to come up with the Snack Bracket (Snacket for short).



But the qualifier here is “addicting”. Some snack that you just could not get enough of, that no matter how unhealthy or gross, you just kept reaching your hand in the bag/toward the plate and automatically and mindlessly shoved more things in your face.

Something you can’t stop thinking of when someone mentions it.

Something that when you actually get it you are filled with satisfaction with a dash of self-pity and regret–but only a dash.

Something that you can’t stop consuming, once you start; things that you cycle back to desire as soon as you finish.

We all know those snacks.


After polling my friends, I came up with 60 items divided into four “regions”: Sweet Bite Sized, Sweet Cookies and Other, Salty Chips and Crackers, and Salty Other.

We have many Trader Joe’s items that if you have never tried I highly recommend you check them out. But there are tons of classics (M&Ms, Oreos) and some ridiculously generic and very processed yet super addicting things like Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles.

I present to you, 2014’s Snack Bracket!

If you would like to weigh in, please feel free. I will provide updates as my social circles vote.


Healthy snacks? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Healthy AND addictive snacks? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA