If we happen to be chatting, and the NCAA Tournament brackets come up, please don't take it personally when my eyes glaze over and I start to drool into my beer.
It's a defense mechanism. I had a similar reaction in my freshman year in college after accidentally signing up for a probability and statistical reasoning class.
I just don't understand what brackets want from me, and even thinking about all those blank spots and choices makes me panic a little.
Beer, though, I get. It has relevance to my life here in Colorado Springs, and - if you're reading this column and enjoy craft brews - it might in yours, too. With 32 breweries and cideries from Divide to Falcon to Monument serving custom-made creations, and three more poised for grand openings in the coming weeks and months, how could it not?
Which brings us to a tree diagram even the nonsports-inclined should be able to wrap their heads around.
The 2018 Pikes Peak Brewers' Bracket, created by The Gazette's web team, lets readers vote for their favorite breweries or cideries in a friendly, March Hoops-inspired contest that will run through early April. To determine the 16 first-round matchups, the region's beer- and cider-makers were seeded based roughly on their opening dates.
Sign up and make your picks at gazette.upickem.net. Check back often to see how your "teams" are faring and to vote in the semifinal and final rounds each week. Adults 21 and up who register online are eligible for the grand prize, a gift card to Cheers Liquor Mart. A winner will be chosen, at random, after the close of the game.