Robert Allen and Brian Manzullo Detroit Free Press
Published 10:23 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019
Cheers to 2019 Michigan Brewery Madness!
For those in the March Madness spirit but not necessarily looking for a sports bracket, we decided to give the concept a twist: We picked 64 of Michigan’s best breweries, dropped them into a college basketball-style bracket and created a pretty slick system for you to vote your favorites into the next round.
Bell’s Brewery and Founders Brewing Co. are in there, of course. But so are much smaller, newer breweries with loyal followings such as HOMES Brewery, Hop Lot Brewing Co. and Speciation Artisan Ales.
At more than 330 breweries, Michigan has the fourth-most in the country. Entries for the bracket were selected based on size, ratings, past awards and popularity.
How it works: First-round voting begins now and will end at noon Monday. The second round will begin Monday afternoon with a new round of polls. After that, new rounds will begin around noon every Thursday and Monday until we determine a champion.
Did we snub anyone? Unfortunately, we couldn’t add everyone to the bracket. If we left out your favorite Michigan brewery, please feel free to give it a write-in vote in the comments.
Let the Michigan Brewery Madness begin!
(Want to print the bracket? View the full-size JPEG here.)
1) Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids) vs. 16) Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth)
8) Axle Brewing Co. (Ferndale) vs. 9) Austin Brothers Beer Co. (Alpena)
5) Brew Detroit (Detroit) vs. 12) One Well Brewing (Kalamazoo)
4) Petoskey Brewing Co. (Petoskey) vs. 13) HOMES Brewery (Ann Arbor)
6) Roak Brewing Co. (Royal Oak) vs. 11) Stormcloud Brewing Co. (Frankfort)
3) Keweenaw Brewing Co. (Houghton) vs. 14) Tri-City Brewing Co. (Bay City)
7) Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. (Warren) vs. 10) The Mitten Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids)
2) Dark Horse Brewing Co. (Marshall) vs. 15) Black Lotus Brewing Co. (Clawson)
1) Atwater Brewery (Detroit) vs. 16) Hop Lot Brewing Co. (Suttons Bay)
8) Latitude 42 Brewing Co. (Portage) vs. Witch’s Hat Brewing Co. (South Lyon)
5) Cheboygan Brewing Co. (Cheboygan) vs. 12) North Peak Brewing Co. (Traverse City)
4) Rochester Mills Beer Co. (Rochester) vs. 13) Creston Brewery (Grand Rapids)
6) Greenbush Brewing Co. (Sawyer) vs. 11) Baffin Brewing Co. (St. Clair Shores)
3) Odd Side Ales (Grand Haven) vs. 14) Drafting Table Brewing Co. (Wixom)
7) Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. (Muskegon) vs. 10) Speciation Artisan Ales (Comstock Park)
2) Perrin Brewing Co. (Comstock Park) vs. 15) Brewery Terra Firma (Traverse City)
1) Short’s Brewing Co. (Bellaire) vs. 16) Beards Brewery (Petoskey)
8) Dragonmead Microbrewery (Warren) vs. 9) Ore Dock Brewing Co. (Marquette)
5) Brewery Vivant (Grand Rapids) vs. 12) Grand River Brewery (Jackson)
4) Blackrocks Brewery (Marquette) vs. 13) River’s Edge Brewing Co. (Milford)
6) Arcadia Brewing Co. (Kalamazoo) vs. 11) Ellison Brewery (East Lansing)
3) Old Nation Brewing Co. (Williamston) vs. 14) Eastern Market Brewing Co. (Detroit)
7) Grand Armory Brewing Co. (Grand Haven) vs. 10) Tapistry Brewing Co. (Bridgman)
2) New Holland Brewing Co. (Holland) vs. 15) Cedar Springs Brewing Co. (Cedar Springs)
1) Bell’s Brewery (Kalamazoo) vs. 16) Brooks Brewery (Shelby Township)
8) Wolverine State Brewing Co. (Ann Arbor) vs. 9) Rockford Brewing Co. (Rockford)
5) Right Brain Brewery (Traverse City) vs. 12) Midland Brewing Co. (Midland)
4) Saugatuck Brewing Co. (Douglas) vs. 13) Batch Brewing Co. (Detroit)
6) Arbor Brewing Co. (Ann Arbor) vs. 11) Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. (Ann Arbor)
3) Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter) vs. 14) Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgman)
7) Mountain Town Brewing Co. (Mount Pleasant) vs. 10) Motor City Brewing Works (Detroit)
2) Griffin Claw Brewing Co. (Birmingham) vs. 15) Silver Harbor Brewing Co. (St. Joseph)
2019 Michigan Beer Madness map
Spirits of Detroit columnist Robert Allen covers craft alcohol for the Free Press. Contact him: [email protected] or on Untappd, raDetroit and Twitter, @rallenMI and @SpiritsofDET.
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