March is almost here, and you know what kind of madness that brings!
Yep! We are on a mission – again – to find Cincinnati’s Favorite Beer. With a year ravaged by the pandemic, the Cincinnati craft beer community has come together to support each other like never before. So, let's keep that going and have a little fun, eh?
[ VOTING OPENS HERE at 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22. ]
We encourage those of legal drinking age to use this competition as a good excuse to get out there and try some beers you've never given a shot before, perhaps find a brewery you've never even heard of. Order some beer delivery, craft an order for pickup or head to a taproom for a socially distanced sip or three. You might just find a new favorite.
Last year's winner was the crisp and roasty Backbeat Coffee Blonde Ale from Big Ash Brewing. The inaugural winner in 2019 was Taft's Brewing Company's juicy, hoppy Gavel Banger IPA. Who will take home the trophy in 2021? It's up to YOU!
Here's how it works:
Using the beer site Untappd, we rounded up the most popular brews at all the breweries we know of in town for you to peruse. Now we need you to nominate your favorites.
When the nominations round ends, we will take your top 32 picks, seed the winners and plug them into our NCAA Tournament-style bracket. You'll then be able to vote for winners, round by round, until we reach the finals.
Nomination round voting guide:
- Voting begins at 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, and ends at 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
- Find the voting page at Cincinnati.com/ThingsToDo.
- Vote for one beer per brewery on as many breweries as you want.
- You can submit one ballot per day.
- The top 32 vote-getting beers will make it onto the bracket, to be revealed in early March.
Nominations: Feb. 22-28.
Round 1: March 8-9.
Sweet 16: March 11-12.
Elite 8: March 15-16.
Final Four: March 18-19
FINALS: March 22-24.
The winner will be announced Sunday, March 28.