Pawsome Pilsner claims first ever Brew Battles Championship title


Bare Bones edges out Knuth Brewing for the title this past weekend at Becket’s

Seven weeks of Brew Battles madness has come to a close, with Pawsome Pilsner from Oshkosh’s Bare Bones claiming the title in the inaugural year of the craft beer bracket-style tournament. The pilsner beat out Knuth Brewing’s Coffee Stout.

The championship matchup was close through the 8:30pm Saturday count, with Pawsome Pilsner holding a two vote lead, 50-48. Knuth’s Coffee Stout wouldn’t see many votes afterwards, adding just 5 in the final two hours. Pawsome put on a late game show, adding another 22 votes for the winning total of 72.

The 72-53 win was a friendly revenge victory for Bare Bones, who had both their Dread Porter Roberts and Amber Ale knocked off by the Ripon brewery’s Coffee Stout.

Jody Cleveland is the head brewer at Bare Bones, which sits just west of Oshkosh at 4362 County Hwy S. As part of their title, Pawsome Pilsner will be on tap at one point in the year at each host site.

The Brew Battles Craft Beer Bracket Challenge kicked off the weekend of February 21-23, 2019. Twenty-four craft beers from Northeast Wisconsin breweries participated in the single elimination, head to head bracket tournament.

In total 721 votes were tallied in the bracket challenge, which was hosted at 10 venues across Oshkosh.

Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh was the event’s beneficiary, with $.25 from each vote going to support the organization for a total of $180.25.

The inaugural year of Brew Battles was sponsored by Offbeat Press, the Society of Oshkosh Brewers, the Oshkosh Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and the Oshkosh Independent.

Participating breweries included Bare Bones Brewery, Knuth Brewing, Ahnapee Brewing (Algoma), Badger State Brewing (Green Bay), Fifth Ward Brewing (Oshkosh), and Fox River Brewing Co (Oshkosh).

Venues, breweries and organizers will be meeting over the next month to determine if the event will return in 2020.


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