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Introduction to March Brewness 2011

Selection Sunday is tomorrow and I thought that it might be fun to hold a brewery tournament. For the next week and a half or so I will post the brewery match ups for each round of the tournament. We will follow the same rules as March Madness; 64 teams and single round elimination. As the field gets smaller we will get closer to crowning our champion brewery.

The 64 breweries represented in this tournament range from small to very large. Some aren’t even in the craft category. I divided the country up into four different regions while picking the breweries so that no particular area had a bias. The regions where; East, South, Midwest, and West. Brewery selections were made from my own knowledge of each areas, production outputs, and brewery quality according to various beer review websites.

In this tournament each region will not be competing against it’s local breweries, rather a random ranking system was used to mix the breweries together. A brewery located in the East may face any of the four regions. Make sure to stop back each day to vote for your favorite brewery and to see how it fairs verses other breweries.

If you run a craft beer blog please share a link on your site so that we can get a high level or participation in this tournament. The first matchups will begin in one week 3/19 at 12:00 PM!  The 64 breweries and their regions are below.

In no particular order we have each region with 16 of the best or most recognizable breweries from those regions.

| East | West | Midwest | South |

East

  1. Boston Beer Company
  2. Victory Brewing Company
  3. Dogfish Head Brewing Company
  4. Allagash Brewing Company
  5. Magic Hat Brewing Company
  6. Flying Dog Brewing Company
  7. Harpoon Brewing Company
  8. Clipper City Brewing Company
  9. Smuttynose Brewing Company
  10. Brooklyn Brewing Company
  11. Brewery Ommegang
  12. Southern Tier Brewing Company
  13. Troegs Brewing Company
  14. Long Trail Brewing Company
  15. Flying Fish Brewing Company
  16. D.G. Yuengling & Son

West

  1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  2. Stone Brewing Company
  3. Anchor Brewing Company
  4. Pyramid Brewing Company
  5. Full Sail Brewing Company
  6. Deschutes Brewery
  7. Rogue Ales
  8. Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
  9. Kona Brewing Company
  10. Bear Republic Brewing Company
  11. Alaskan Brewing Company
  12. Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  13. Lagunitas Brewing Company
  14. Russian River Brewing Company
  15. Big Sky Brewing Company
  16. Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Midwest

  1. New Belgium Brewing Company
  2. Breckenridge Brewery
  3. Coors Brewing Company
  4. Great Divide Brewing Company
  5. Left Hand Brewing Company
  6. Odell Brewing Company
  7. Three Floyds Brewing
  8. Bell’s Brewing
  9. Founder’s Brewing Company
  10. AB InBev
  11. Boulevard Brewing Company
  12. Great Lakes Brewing Company
  13. Miller Brewing Company
  14. New Glarus Brewing Company
  15. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
  16. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

South

  1. Spoetzl Brewing Company
  2. Old Dominion Brewing Company
  3. Starr Hill Brewery
  4. Abita Brewing Company
  5. Cigar City Brewing Company
  6. R.J. Rockers Brewing Company
  7. Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  8. Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
  9. Santa Fe Brewing Company
  10. Lone Star Beer
  11. Pabst Brewing Company
  12. Real Ale Brewing Company
  13. Flagstaff Brewing Company
  14. Southern Star Brewing Company
  15. Bayou Teche Brewery
  16. Yazoo Brewing Company

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