14th Star Brewing Company, Alchemist Brewery, Bobcat Cafe & Brewery, Covered Bridge Craft Brewery, Crop Bistro & Brewery, Drop-In Brewing Company, Fiddlehead Brewing Company, Foley Brothers Brewing, Grateful Hands Brewing, Harpoon Brewery, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse, Kingdom Brewing, Lawson's Finest Liquids, Long Trail Brewing Company, Madison Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing Company, McNeill's Brewery, News, Northshire Brewery, Otter Creek Brewing, Rock Art Brewery, Switchback Brewing Company, Trapp Lager Brewery, Trout River Brewing Company, Vermont Pub & Brewery, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
Yesterday saw the end of the Round 1 matchups in the Vermont Brew Bracket, presented by Three Penny Taproom, and once again, there were no shocking upsets. Some of the biggest names in local brewing, including Long Trail, Switchback and Wolaver’s, handily defeated overmatched opponents. The only brew to defeat a higher-seeded rival was Hill Farmstead’s Twilight of the Idols, which took down Trout River Rainbow Red 60 percent to 40 percent. In another close-ish matchup, Zero Gravity TLA IPA beat Long Trail Double Bag by 16 percentage points.
Now, we’re on to Round 2, where the matchups will presumably be tougher to decide. The Alchemist vs. Lawson’s Finest Liquids? Switchback vs. Zero Gravity? The choice is yours, drinkers. Voting for this round will be open through midnight on Thursday. After this round, voting periods will be open for longer than two days.