Brew Battles Bracket Challenge breweries, dates and venues announced

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Bracket Challenge to take place over over weekends beginning February 14, 2019

The field has been set for the 2019 Brew Battles Bracket Challenge, with 24 participating Northeast Wisconsin craft beers participating in the field. Ten venues across Oshkosh will host the craft brew matchups, with winning beers advancing to the next round.

Round 1 @ Fletch’s, FEB 14-16:

  • Two Stall Chocolate Milk Stout (Ahnapee Brewing, Algoma)
  • Cowbell Milk Stout (Fifth Ward Brewing, Oshkosh)
  • Redhouse Amber (Knuth Brewing, Ripon)
  • Marble Eye Scottish Ale (Fox River Brewing, Oshkosh)

Round 1 @ Bare Bones, FEB 14-16:

  • Grassy Place Hazy IPA (Badger State Brewing, Green Bay)
  • Haze It or Love It (Fifth Ward Brewing)
  • Helles Lager (Ahnapee Brewing)
  • Hive Mind Honey Blonde Ale (Fifth Ward Brewing)

Round 1 @ O’Marro’s, FEB 21-23:

  • Dread Porter Roberts (Bare Bones Brewing, Oshkosh)
  • Coffee Stout (Knuth Brewing)
  • Little Soldier Amber (Ahnapee Brewing)
  • On Wisconsin Red Ale (Badger State Brewing)

Round 1 @ Fifth Ward Brewing, FEB 21-23

  • Dog Daze IPA (Bare Bones)
  • Optic IPA (Fox River Brewing)
  • Green Chip Session IPA (Badger State Brewing)
  • Blu Bobber (Fox River Brewing)

Round 1 byes:

  • Vader’s Imperial Stout (Fox River Brewing)
  • Fuzzy Badger Coffee Ale (Badger State Brewing)
  • Vaters Dedächtnis (Fifth Ward Brewing)
  • Amber (Bare Bones Brewing)
  • Ahnapee IPA (Ahnapee Brewing)
  • Mega Munich Doppelbock (Fox River Brewing)
  • Farmhouse Ale (Knuth Brewing)
  • Pawsome Pilsner (Bare Bones Brewing)

Here’s the host venues with dates:

  • Fletch’s Tap House (FEB 14-16 and MAR 22-23)
  • Bare Bones (FEB 14-16)
  • O’Marro’s (FEB 21-23)
  • Fifth Ward (FEB 21-23)
  • Dublins (FEB 28 – MAR 2)
  • Fox River Brewing (FEB 28 – MAR 2)
  • The Ground Round @ River’s Edge (MAR 7-9)
  • The Granary (MAR 7-9 and MAR 15-16)
  • Barley & Hops (MAR 15-16)
  • Beckets (MAR 29-30)

Live Music: Live music is planned for Fletch’s on March 23 and at Beckets on March 30, with bands TBA in late February.

Voting: Each beverage purchase at the site, including purchases of the competing craft beers and others, includes one vote for the patron (min $3). Voting begins at 4pm on day 1 and concludes at 10:30pm on each Saturday.

Sponsors: Brew Battles is sponsored by Offbeat Press, the Society of Oshkosh Brewers, the Oshkosh Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and the Oshkosh Independent.

Official Bracket: Will be unveiled Saturday, January 26, 2019.

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