Welcome to Brewery Madness 2021
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!
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.
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.
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!