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This piece was written by Nick Costa.
2019 Chicago Brewery Bracket
Four rounds of our
Vote for your favorite breweries below, and we will tally the votes to select the Top 2 who’ll compete for the championship.Voting concludes Thursday, 4/4 at 5:00pm CST.
NORTH VS. SUBURBS
(1) Half Acre Beer Co. vs. (5) Hop Butcher For The World
North Side darlings, Half Acre, made a return to the bracket’s Final 4 for the first time since our inaugural bracket back in 2016, by overpowering LaGrow, DryHop, Spiteful and Corridor to get here. They will show down with former Bowmanville neighbors–turned-suburbanites, Hop Butcher. Both produce some of Chicagoland’s most unique and sought after beers. This should be a good one…
SOUTH VS. WEST
(8) Open Outcry Brewing Co. vs. (4) Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
The South versus West showdown pits two loyal fan bases against each other. Open Outcry–after just missing the Final 4 last year–won the “Battle for Beverly” against neighbors (and 2016 Champs) Horse Thief Hollow. ‘OO’’s patrons have come out in droves to get the votes in. They will have another tough matchup against fellow acclaimed brewpub/lounge, in Logan Square’s Maplewood. Which of the two nearly-always-packed taprooms will make it to the finals…?
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