Time for another round.
After more than 23,000 votes in the first round of Malt Madness, the Sweet 16 of Sacramento-area craft breweries is set.
The first round saw a couple of “upsets” – matchups where a lower seed beat a higher seed. But most of the region’s bigger, well-known brewers survived.
The most interesting action came in the Porter Bracket, where Crooked Lane Brewing of Auburn beat Moksa Brewing Company from Rocklin. Nearly 3,400 votes were cast in that matchup and the outcome was decided by just 29 votes.
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There was also huge voter interest over in the IPA Bracket, where long-time Sacramento brewer Hoppy – which recently announced it’s moving to midtown after nearly two decades in East Sacramento – defeated Fieldwork. Some objected to Fieldwork being in the bracket in the first place because it is based in the East Bay. But its midtown tasting room has made it a popular part in the local scene.
While we’re on the topic of who did and did not make the bracket, this seems like a good opportunity to issue a major palm-in-the-face apology to Knee Deep Brewing Company. It was an oversight on our part – and a big one at that – to leave the Auburn brewery off the list.
To solve that, we’ve decided to have Knee Deep tap into the tournament. They’ll take the place of New Helvetia, whose founder, David Gull, asked to be removed from the bracket over concerns it would pit local craft brewers against one another. Fair enough, David.
So with that, off to the Sweet 16.
Voting for this round will run from Tuesday through midnight Wednesday, narrowing the Sweet 16 to an Elite 8. You’re welcome to share Malt Madness and each head-to-head poll on Facebook and Twitter, but you can’t vote more than once from this device.
Three more rounds of voting will culminate with a champion April 2. Watch for the next round Friday, March 23.
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