The inaugural Brew Battles Bracket Challenge announced


Oshkosh to celebrate Northeast Wisconsin craft beer February 14 – March 30, 2019 while raising funds for Habitat for Humanity Oshkosh

Combining the exceptional craft brewing of Northeast Wisconsin with the excitement of college basketball’s end-of-season bracket, Brew Battles Bracket Challenge will take over Oshkosh’s craft beer establishments this spring for seven entertaining and engaging weekends beginning February 14, 2019.

Twenty-four unique beers crafted here in Northeast Wisconsin will be on tap and in the bracket at ten host sites throughout Oshkosh. Each weekend features another part of the bracket, with patrons voting on their preferred beers. Winners advance and stay alive, while everyone wins celebrating the region’s rich craft brewing industry.

As votes roll in, points accumulate to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Every beverage purchase at host sites (min $3) will contribute points towards the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, with the goal of raising $1000 to support the local affordable housing non-profit.

HOW IT WORKS: Official participating venues will host four craft beers (two for the finals) during a weekend. ALL beverage purchases that weekend ($3+) at the host site will enable you to vote for your preferred Brew Battles beer. The craft beer with the most votes advances. The more votes cast, the more money raised for Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh.

Each weekend beginning February 14, 2019 and continuing through March 30, 2019 will feature another part of the bracket challenge. The Brew Battles Semifinals (March 22 & 23) and Finals (March 29 & 30) will both also feature live music on that Saturday.

BRACKET: The Brew Battles Bracket Challenge bracket will be unveiled on Tuesday, January 23, 2019 here at the Oshkosh Independent. Stay tuned at


  • Ahnapee Brewing (Algoma)
  • Badger State Brewing (Green Bay)
  • Bare Bones Brewing (Oshkosh)
  • Fifth Ward Brewing (Oshkosh)
  • Fox River Brewing (Oshkosh)
  • Knuth Brewing (Ripon)

HOST SITES (dates to be announced January 23, 2019)

  • Bare Bones Brewery
  • Barley & Hops
  • Becket’s
  • Dublin’s
  • Fletch’s
  • Fifth Ward Brewing Co
  • Fox River Brewing
  • The Granary
  • The Ground Round @ River’s Edge
  • O’Marro’s

Brew Battles Bracket Challenge is sponsored by the Society of Oshkosh Brewers, the Oshkosh Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Offbeat Press, the Oshkosh Independent, and participating venues and breweries.


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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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