The Battle of the Breweries (2023)

The Battle of the Breweries (2023)

The Battle of the Breweries – 2023

The Battle of the Breweries – 2023

Let’s do it again! Round 3 – FIGHT! We started this tradition in 2021 and continued it in 2022, and now its 2023’s turn to get in at it and have the breweries duke it out. And this time, on top of potentially angering the NCAA with our “March Madness” tournament, we’re also hoping to anger FIFA by stealing an idea from the World Cup.

Every year I like to change up how we do our version of March Madness – The Beer Thrillers Battle of the Breweries. First year we had 48 breweries compete for the prestigious championship, then in the second year we had 128 breweries battle for supremacy, this year, instead of doing a linear tournament, we are going to have a starting group stage similar to that of the World Cup, followed by a ‘knockout’ tournament or normal linear tournament structure. This year we are also beefing it up to 160 breweries fighting for the honors, the glory, the fame, the prestige, the big she bang, The Battle of the Breweries Champion!

The group round will be the same structure as the World Cup’s – the top two “teams” (ie. breweries) with the most points (ie. most votes) move on to the tournament. The big difference is that each group will be five breweries instead of the four teams in the World Cup.

The tournament structure is pretty straight forward. Four conferences of 16 breweries. The groups will be kept for the conferences, so each conference will have 8 groups that are locked in for that conference. After the group round ends, and the breweries advance, I will seed them based on their Untappd scores. (So a 4.04 Untappd rating will most likely result in a 1 Seed, whereas a 3.31 Untappd rating will most likely result in a 16 seed.)

The tournament then runs linear similar to NCAA’s March Madness and other similar bracket tournaments. 16 vs. 1, 15 vs. 2, 14 vs. 3, 13 vs. 4, etc. The winner of each conference will then face off in a fatal four – way to determine the true champion of The Beer Thrillers’ Battle of the Breweries (2023).

Past Tournament Announcements

See our announcement and rules articles for the past tournaments here:

Past Champions

In 2021 we had 48 breweries compete to determine our first inaugural champion. Instead of doing a 64 competitor tournament or 32, we decided to do a crazy thing like pick 48, which resulted in a Triple Threat to determine the winner.

The initial tournament finals consisted of The Isle of Que Brewing vs. Rubber Soul Brewing Company vs. Troegs Independent Craft Brewing Company.

The Isle of Que Brewing emerged victorious.

In our second tournament, we decided we would raise the stakes a bit. Instead of going from 48 to 64 – which would be the logical conclusion – we decided instead to go all the way to 128 competitors. Four conferences of 32 breweries each divided into divisions of 16 (two divisions per conference). Its like I thought we were the NFL or MLB or something.

At the very end we had the four conferences face off in a fatal four – way match up, that saw Von C Brewing vs. Bunnyman Brewing Company vs. Axemann Brewery.

Von C Brewing company emerged victorious from the fatal four – way with barely scraping by Bunnyman Brewing Company in a very close and hard fought battle. (Both breweries amassed over 3,000 votes!)

You can read about the winners here:

The Rules

There’s gotta be some kind of rules to this madness right? This madness of March (and well, this year the end of February as well… and yes… also a bit of April as the tournament goes into that month as well). So… what are the rules involved?

To pull straight the initial March Madness / Battle of the Breweries post:

So how’s this going to work? Who all is invited? What all breweries are going to be in it? How many breweries? How’s voting going to work? Who decides whose in and whose out? Whats the seeding? Why is Rick such a jerk to Morty? Why is Jurassic Bark the saddest episode of Futurama ever? Why is it also B. Kline’s favorite episode? What does that say about him? Why is the sky blue?

Ok…. enough with the questions!

March Madness (2021) – The Battle of the Breweries (2021)

Firstly, the only way for a brewery to be eligible for the Battle of Breweries… is quite simple – be a brewery that a member of The Beer Thrillers has visited in person. So that means all 160 breweries involved were visited by myself – B. Kline, Amy, Josh, Leela, or Scarlet. (And yea… there’s gonna be quite a bit of overlap there with Leela and Scarlet.)

After the 160 breweries were picked, they were then randomly placed in each of the conferences. (Random number generator.) They were then once again random number generated (RNG) into their different groups. Once we come out of the group stage, they will be seeded based on their Untappd global average rating (as of February 24th, 2023). In the case of ties (ie. a 3.63 and a 3.63), I will flip a coin to see who gets the higher seed; in the case of multiples (for example three breweries with a 3.63), I will roll for it or use a random number generator. Remember – I was once (…ok, still am) a huge nerd, so I have D3’s, D4’s, D6’s, D10’s, D12’s, and D20’s. (I even have a D100 laying around somewhere in my office.)


Each day you will be able to come to the site to make your votes in the polls. It will be set-up by IPS, so it limits you to voting just once per day per vote. You can vote as many times as you want per round, but only once per day.

Rounds will be last one week (ending on Sunday nights at 11:59:59 PM EST) and the new week of voting starting up the next day (Monday) when I get the articles posted (usually around 8:30 – 9:30 AM EST).

The first round – the group stage – will begin Monday February 27th, 2023. This will most likely be around 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM. There will be more details in each voting page’s article. There will be an individual post for each conference.

The last week – the fatal four-way will be two weeks. This will give adequate time for voting for the championship.


In the past two years I used the names of professional wrestlers (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, The Rock, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, etc.) for each conference, but I think this is a bit confusing, and will instead switch it up. I know using ‘hop’ names is the typical go to for other tournament brackets around this time, but it does seem the most straight forward and keeps it with the ‘beer’ theme. So for this year, we will be going with hop names.

Those hop names and thus the conference names are:

  • Chinook
  • Nugget
  • Saaz
  • Walhalla

I chose four different varieties that I grow at home / (aka The Beer Thrillers Headquarters). Each of these conferences will have 8 groups of 5 breweries each, after the group stage each conference will have 16 breweries in a tournament.

Let’s take an early look at what breweries are in what conferences:


  1. Hackensack Brewing Company
  2. Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company
  3. Compass Mill Tap Room
  4. Acclamation Brewing Company
  5. Forbes Trail Brewing
  6. Bronx Brewery
  7. Dancing Gnome Brewing
  8. Vanish Farmwoods Brewery
  9. Bright Path Brewing Company
  10. South County Brewing Company
  11. Capitol City Brewing
  12. Tattered Flag Brewing
  13. Wrong Crowd Brewing
  14. Valhalla Brewing
  15. River Horse Brewing
  16. Harper’s Ferry Brewing
  17. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  18. Sly Fox Brewing
  19. Bolero Snort Brewing
  20. Steinhardt Brewing
  21. River Trail Brewing
  22. Breaker Brewing
  23. Bucket Brigade Brewing
  24. Burley Oak Brewery
  25. Black Flag Brewing
  26. Mudhook Brewery
  27. Boom City Brewing Company
  28. Pineknotter Brewing Company
  29. Sapwood Cellars
  30. Rusty Rail Brewing
  31. Rough Edges Brewing
  32. Flood Zone Brewing
  33. Little Fish Brewing
  34. Chilly Water Brewing
  35. Hop Farm Brewing
  36. Schaylor Brewing
  37. Cox Brewing Company
  38. Attaboy Beer
  39. Cushwa Brewing Company
  40. Ever Grain Brewing Company


  1. Brix City Brewing
  2. Willow Creek Brewing
  3. Elder Pine Brewing and Blending
  4. Inner Groove Brewing
  5. ZeroDay Brewing
  6. Masthead Brewing
  7. Hitchhiker Brewing Company
  8. Mellow Mink Brewing
  9. Ten Eyck Brewing
  10. Lost Mined Brewing
  11. Victory Brewing
  12. Imprint Beer Co.
  13. Sterling Pig Brewing
  14. Bog Turtle Brewing
  15. Von C Brewing
  16. Loakal Branch Brewing
  17. Bunnyman Brewing
  18. J.J. Ratigan Brewing
  19. Liquid Art Brewing
  20. Shy Bear Brewing
  21. Aslin Beer Co.
  22. Wheatland Springs Farm and Brewery
  23. 7 Mile Brewing
  24. Burnish Beer Company
  25. Jailbreak Brewing
  26. Susquehanna Brewing
  27. Bullfrog Brewery
  28. Eclipse Craft Brewery
  29. Hysteria Brewing
  30. Big Dog Craft Brewing
  31. Columbia Kettle Works
  32. Saucony Creek Brewing
  33. Jackie O’s Brewery
  34. Sun King Brewery
  35. Allusion Brewing
  36. Black Forest Brewing
  37. Chatty Monks Brewing
  38. Idiom Brewing
  39. Yellow Bridge Brewing
  40. Troegs Independent Craft Brewing


  1. Old Ox Brewery
  2. Selin’s Grove Brewing
  3. Strange Roots Brewing
  4. Southern Tier Brewing
  5. Wacker Brewing
  6. Noble Beast Brewing
  7. Lydian Stone Brewing
  8. AleCraft Brewing
  9. Liquid Hero Brewing
  10. Covered Bridge Brewhause
  11. Free Will Brewing
  12. Warwick Farm Brewery
  13. Levante Brewing
  14. Human Robot Beer
  15. Big Bottom Brewery
  16. Tall Tales Brewing
  17. Mustang Sally Brewing
  18. Hemaur Brewing
  19. Fat Bat Brewing
  20. Robin Hood Brewing
  21. Ocelot Brewing
  22. Fetish Brewing
  23. Cape May Brewing
  24. RAR Brewing
  25. Ripestine’s Brewpub
  26. Benny Brewing
  27. New Trail Brewing Company
  28. Three Beards Brewing
  29. Slate Farm Brewing
  30. Our Town Brewery
  31. Raney Cellars Brewing
  32. Gearhouse Brewing
  33. Urban Artifact Brewing
  34. Land – Grant Brewing Company
  35. Levity Brewing
  36. Pour Man’s Brewing
  37. Appalachian Brewing Company
  38. Fourscore Beer Co.
  39. Logyard Brewing
  40. Pizza Boy Brewing Company


  1. Funk Brewing
  2. Mad Chef Brewing
  3. Boneshire Brew Works
  4. Lost Rhino Brewing
  5. Oakbrook Brewing
  6. VooDoo Brewing
  7. Abjuration Brewing
  8. Bespoke Brewing
  9. Canton Brewing Company
  10. Lost Barrel Brewing
  11. Big Truck Farm Brewing
  12. Scrubby’s Craft Brewery
  13. Other Half Brewing Company
  14. Old Forge Brewing
  15. Braeloch Brewing
  16. Dew Point Brewing
  17. Punch Buggy Brewing
  18. Dewey Beer Co.
  19. Crooked Run Fermentation
  20. The Alementary
  21. Smoketown Brewing
  22. Axemann Brewery
  23. Adroit Theory Brewing
  24. Collusion Tap Works
  25. Gusto Brewery
  26. Cult Classic Brewing
  27. The Isle of Que Brewing
  28. Therapy Brewing
  29. Wolf Brewing Company
  30. LoveDraft’s Brewing Company
  31. Jackass Brewery
  32. Hell in a Bucket Brewing
  33. Brewery Fire
  34. Morgantown Brewing Company
  35. Braxton Brewing Company
  36. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company
  37. Juniata Brewing
  38. Snitz Creek Brewing
  39. Ministry of Brewing
  40. Abolitionist Ale Works

Note, these were randomly assigned to the conferences (rolled D4s to get them in their places). I will then use D8s to roll them into their groups for the group stage round. The above listing is no indication of their Untappd score or placements.

Wrapping Things Up Here

This article has taken me the better part of my entire evening last night after work, and all of this morning. It is seriously no simple task getting these groups into places. Tomorrow I will roll for the groups, and make the announcements on Facebook, maybe a blog post as well. Thank you all for the support with this big under taking.

Thank You For Reading

Ok, Amy and I are about heading out for our trip down to the Maryland border and hitting some breweries. We were supposed to do this trip last week, but the stomach bug hit Amy so we stayed home. We are also planning on then going to the Harrisburg Heat game tonight for their alumni night (Scoop and Wilsbach are being inducted into their Hall of Fame). So I gotta wrap this up so we can get going to our several breweries and then Heat game. I started this article last night after work and our plans, so I started this around 9:45 PM, and worked on it until about 1:30 AM, before going to bed. Scarlet has been a fussy mess all morning, and I’ve been up since 5:30 AM trying to work on this and help her at the same time. But its now finally done nearly at 10:30 AM.

Ok, thanks for reading. Any questions, comments, suggestions, etc, please leave in the comments. Or e-mail us directly at

Thank you All!

Cheers All!

  • B. Kline

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