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 Nick Costa.
Four rounds of voting amongst 16 teams are behind us, and a champion has been decided in our inaugural THR Chicago Brewery Bracket Challenge. The final round pitted South Side Beverly brewpub, (4) Horse Thief Hollow, against North Side brewpub-turned-behemoth, (1) Revolution Brewing.
The championship round tallied 7,062 final votes, amounting to a grand tournament vote total of 27,537. We witnessed several ‘upsets’ and surprises (stalwarts Goose Island and Lagunitas go down in Round 1?), and in the end, plenty of South Side pride. In short, Beverly came out en masse to proclaim support for their beloved brewpub, and frankly, surprise many Chicago beer drinkers–ourselves included. We’d be lying if we said we saw this coming, but we’re happy to give credit where credit is due, and these folks make some fine, fine brews. The numbers (and awards hardware) don’t lie…
The 2016 Chicago Brewery Bracket Champion is:
Congrats to HTH on taking down four opponents to claim the Championship!
Horse Thief Hollow’s Path to Victory
57% over Lagunitas Brewing
62% over Pipeworks BREWING
83% over Off Color Brewing
90% over Revolution Brewing
Congrats again to the South Side’s Horse Thief Hollow, for claiming the inaugural Hop Review Chicago Brewery Bracket Challenge! All the more reason to drop by Beverly for some pints.
Header image from Horse Thief Hollow’s Facebook.