New Glarus Spotted Cow

After three years as a No. 1 seed without bringing home the title, New Glarus Spotted Cow is the 2014 Wisconsin Beer Bracket champion.

The beer that made New Glarus famous can put another prize in its crowded trophy case: Wisconsin Beer Bracket champion.

Spotted Cow, the ubiquitous farmhouse ale from New Glarus Brewing Co., got the final nod from voters in the closest final in the three-year history of the March Madness-style beer smackdown. Spotted Cow narrowly defeated Bedlam, a Belgian-style India pale ale from two-time defending Beer Bracket champion Ale Asylum, 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent.

Wisconsin Beer Bracket champion is a title that befits Spotted Cow. It's by far the best-selling beer from a brewery with a sterling international reputation, and it can be found in nearly every tavern in a state known for its embrace of taverns. Adding to Cow's mystique, not a single drop of it is sold outside Wisconsin's borders. 

In its third year as a No. 1 seed, Spotted Cow's run to the Beer Bracket crown included a blistering run through the Yeast regional in which it knocked off both Ale Asylum beers in the field. Spotted Cow defeated 16th-seeded St. Francis Sloth, 83.9 percent to 16.1 percent; No. 8 Lake Louie Tommy’s Porter, 65.6 percent to 34.4 percent; No. 12 Ale Asylum Mercy Grand Cru, 66.7 percent to 33.3 percent; and No. 3 Tyranena Rocky's Revenge, 67.4 percent to 32.6 percent. In the Final Four it defeated fellow No. 1 seed O'so Night Train, 56 percent to 44 percent. 

Voters in the Beer Bracket have been randomly selected to win a host of prizes including a Pelican Pulse 100 X kayak from Fontana Sports; winners will be notified soon.

Got a beer you'd like the Beer Baron to pop the cap on? Contact Chris Drosner at cdrosner@madison.com or follow him on Twitter @WSJbeerbaron.

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Chris Drosner writes the Beer Baron column for the Wisconsin State Journal.