Cincinnati’s favorite local beer: Here’s the 2021 bracket


After a full week of reader/drinker nominations, the field of 32 beers for our 2021 Cincinnati’s Favorite Beer championship has been set! Just like the NCAA Tournament (well, normally), the top brews have been seeded and placed on the bracket for round-by-round, head-to-head matchups.

You can VOTE HERE on Round 1 matchups March 8-9.

🍺An extra taste for subscribers: Beer writer Matt Koesters breaks down all 16 Round 1 matchups and gives his predictions with some beeracketology. Tell him how wrong he is about everything HERE.

[ View and print a larger version of the full bracket here! ]

Round 1 voting guide:

• Voting begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 8, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

• You can vote once per matchup, per round.

• Sweet 16 voting will begin on Thursday, March 11, with winners from Round 1.

The Dates:

Nominations: Feb. 22-28. 

Round 1: March 8-9. 

Sweet 16: March 11-12. 

Elite 8: March 15-16. 

Final Four: March 18-19.

FINALS: March 22-24.

Winner announced Sunday, March 28.


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