This content was originally published by The Hop Review, a digital magazine that joined the Hop Culture family in March 2020.
This piece was written by Jack Muldowney.
It’s that time of year again so eloquently referred to as “March Madness”: three weekends of alma mater disappointments, busted office pool brackets, and Cinderella stories. For 2017 we went all out with 64 breweries (now down to 32) from the city and surrounding suburbs. We have divided the city into four regions: North, South, West and Suburbs, and seeded them 1–16. Seeds are not-so-scientifically-based on size, reputation, years of operation, and current hype. With Round 1 already offering some intriguing matchups, will this year produce another underdog champion or will the 1 seeds steamroll the smaller guys all the way to the Final Four?
Round 1 saw over 86,000 votes, with plenty of intriguing outcomes. Vote for your favorite breweries across Chicago, below, and we will tally the votes in order to select a ‘Sweet 16’ for the next round. Voting for Round 2 has closed.
VOTING FOR RD. 2 IS CLOSED, BUT PLEASE HEAD HERE TO VOTE FOR THE SWEET 16 SELECTIONS.
Current bracket: Rd. 3 (16 Breweries). Last updated: 3/19/17