Round 2 of the challenge is complete and we can see in the brackets what’s been happening in St. Louis the past few years. A changing of the guard is happening, and the new breweries on the block are taking over.
The old favorites, beers like O’Fallon 5 Day and Schlafly APA, which have both done well in past tournaments, have been eliminated. Ten of the sixteen beers remaining are represented by 3 breweries: 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, and Perennial. 2nd Shift alone has four beers remaining. Each year that passes, these newer breweries are getting more and more popular around town, and it shows in the brackets.
Amazingly, we see a rematch of last year’s championship matchup in the sweet 16, with Schlafly AIPA going up against 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis. The other half of the IPA bracket has 4 Hands Divided Sky vs. 2nd Shift Brew Cocky. It will be interesting to see which one of these four will be left standing next week.
Over in the Belgian bracket, 2nd Shift Katy won a very tough matchup against 4 Hands Cuvee Ange and now has to face off with Perennial Saison de Lis. And in the wildcard bracket, you have to choose between two great summer beers: Schlafly Kolsch or O’Fallon Weach.
Check out all the matchups below and help your favorites continue on.
Round 3 – Thu March 28
Round 4 – Mon April 1
Final Four – Thu April 4
Championship – Mon April 8
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