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Welcome to Brewery Madness 2021

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Since we missed out on the pinnacle of the college basketball season last year, it's been a while since we've gotten to enjoy the NCAA tournament! But, we're back with 2021's Brewery Madness! As a quick refresher, here's how things operate:

We're pitting our 64 most checked-in breweries of 2021 against each other in a head-to-head battle of the beers. It's bracketology, Untappd style. From now until April 5th, use the Untappd app to check-in as many beers from your favorite participating brewery as possible. During any given round, the brewery in each matchup with the most check-ins will move forward. You can track the progress of the tournament here.

At the end of the tournament, the winning brewery will receive a special sponsored badge package, courtesy of Untappd.

At the end of each round, we'll publish a bracket update to check in on notable performances, big-time upsets and see if any brewery makes a deep tournament run despite not being one of the higher-seeded teams!

Plus, if you're looking for more ways to enjoy the NCAA tournament, our friends at Hop Culture Magazine have put together a bracket pool! Good luck!

Round 1 Matchups to Watch


No. 8 Goose Island Beer Co. vs. No. 57 Wicked Weed Brewing

Goose Island comes in as the No. 8 seed and Wicked Weed comes in as the No. 57 seed. However, don't sleep on the brewery out of Asheville in this opening round matchup!

Goose Island has more check-ins, but Wicked Weed edges out the Chicago staple in brewery rating.

Goose Island Beer Co. logo

Goose Island Beer Co.

Subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch

Chicago, IL United States

Macro Brewery

Total (?) 7.62M+

Unique (?) 1.16M+

(3.87)

4,876,913 Ratings

1101 Beers

Wicked Weed Brewing logo

Wicked Weed Brewing

Subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch

Asheville, NC United States

Macro Brewery

Total (?) 2.05M+

Unique (?) 354,609

(3.94)

1,565,965 Ratings

534 Beers

No. 24 Tröegs Independent Brewing vs. No. 41 The Bruery

These breweries have combined for nearly six million check-ins on Untappd! Troegs offers a nice spread of beverages in central Pennsylvania, while The Bruery packs a punch with experimental and barrel-aged beers.

Tröegs Independent Brewing logo

Tröegs Independent Brewing

Hershey, PA United States

Regional Brewery

Total (?) 3.48M+

Unique (?) 477,595

(3.79)

2,032,842 Ratings

86 Beers

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The Bruery

Placentia, CA United States

Regional Brewery

Total (?) 2.4M+

Unique (?) 333,261

(4.07)

1,840,015 Ratings

343 Beers

No. 14 Tree House Brewing Company vs. No. 51 Terrapin Beer Co.

Who reigns supreme in this high-profile matchup? Tree House Brewing Company, led by a King Named Julius, will take its 4.35 rating on Untappd into an interesting first-round showdown against Terrapin Beer Co. and the over 56,000 Untappd users that have liked their brewery page.

Remember: check-ins for each round only count when the round is active and of course, drink socially and responsibly!

Tree House Brewing Company logo

Tree House Brewing Company

Charlton, MA United States

Regional Brewery

Total (?) 4.71M+

Unique (?) 248,000

(4.35)

2,905,539 Ratings

339 Beers

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Terrapin Beer Co.

Subsidiary of Molson Coors Beverage Company

Athens, GA United States

Micro Brewery

Total (?) 2.12M+

Unique (?) 449,232

(3.75)

1,482,281 Ratings

507 Beers

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