The end of March is imminent, and so comes the season when the country fixes its collective gaze upon NCAA college basketball. This year, however, it seems pointless to devote too much time and effort to the annual sports phenomenon. That's because Kentucky, undefeated throughout the season, currently with 37 consecutive victories, dominates the draw. Last night the team doubled the score of its respectable opponent, throttling West Virginia by a 38 point margin in the round of sixteen. Several nights earlier, the Brooklyn-based gypsy brewing team of Grimm Artisanal Ales released their Double Negative; it's a stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and so well pedigreed to be our beer of the week. Since we can't dedicate this one to the boys on the floor -- most of them are under drinking age -- I propose a toast, instead, to the stubborn folks who think any other team stands a chance. They're going to need a stiff drink of reality.
Grimm Artisanal Ales Double Negative in the Barrel