The fighting in CHOW’s Best Brewpub in America Bracket‘s first round of 16 contenders was anything but sweet. Now, 8 have emerged to brawl again. Congratulations to the winners, and let the voting for week 2 begin!
The local matchups in the last round produced four new battles spanning broader regions. On the West Coast, it’s Portland’s Cascade Brewing Barrel House facing down San Francisco’s Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery. The Southwest showdown pits Eske’s Brew Pub & Eatery in Taos against North by Northwest in Austin. Up near the mighty Great Lakes, Chicago’s Revolution Brewing is throwing it down with Appalachian Brewing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And Atlanta’s Wrecking Bar is locked in an Eastern Seaboard death tussle with Cambridge Brewing on Harvard’s home turf.
The voting for this round closes April 30, and there’s no rule against casting a ballot every day of the round. Running tallies appear as percentages on the bracket, so you can see how the voting is going.
Ready? Go vote. And may the best brewpub kill it!
Photograph by Jennifer Yin / SF Beer Week