For those of you unaware, charlottesgotalot is doing a NCAA style beer bracket for Charlotte and surrounding areas covering a range of styles to eventually go down to a final winner. It has been going on for a little while now but it’s not too late to jump in and cheer on your favorite brew.

The Charlotte region’s brewery scene is overflowing, to say the least. There are currently 38 breweries up from the 27 last year In the 16 counties that fall within the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority alone, and more than a dozen on the way.

With great breweries come great beers. And with March and April come March Madness or, as we like to call it, “bracket season,” and North Carolina Beer Month. The opportunity to combine the two was just too good to pass up.

But with so many varied offering of beers in Charlotte covering everything from seasonals to sours, is there every really a way to compare them all? The answer is no, not even close. But we were able to pull together some of Charlotte’s well-known beers as well as a few Cinderella picks into four bracket divisions: Seasonal/Specialty, IPA, Pale Ale and Porter/Stout. The order of the seeding was randomly generated.

But with so many varied offering of beers in Charlotte covering everything from seasonals to sours, is there ever really a way to compare them all? The answer is no, not even close. But we were able to pull together some of Charlotte’s well-known beers as well as a few Cinderella picks into four bracket divisions: Hoppy, Malt/Roast, Crisp, Funky/Fruity. The order of the seeding was randomly generated.

Each week, we invite you to vote for your favorites as we whittle down a field of 32 craft beers to just one. The last beer standing will be crowned the CLT Clash of the Crafts champion.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for tournament updates and cheer on your favorites using #cltontap.

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Sam Rozzi
Give me a stout or sour on the surface of the sun. The darker and stronger the beer the better. Of course I'll gladly take my favorite liquor anytime, a good Rum and Coke. Founder and creator of craftcarolina.com with a goal to just have fun covering what makes sense and is interesting.