Heady Topper Wins the Vermont Brew Bracket for the Second Time | Bite Club
Pin It
Favorite

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Heady Topper Wins the Vermont Brew Bracket for the Second Time

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

click to enlarge round6.jpg


Congratulations are in order for the Alchemist once again: Heady Topper is the winner of the 2013 Vermont Brew Bracket, presented by Three Penny Taproom.

Heady Topper's road to victory was a little bit bumpier this year. Last year it bowled over Switchback in the Final Pour, and Lawson's Double Sunshine IPA in the championship. But Switchback proved a much more formidable opponent in 2013. The vote was a nailbiter all weekend, as a few lead changes ultimately ended with Heady Topper squeaking out the win over Switchback, 51 percent to 49 percent. The margin was fewer than 100 votes out of 2822 total.

With its second straight Vermont Brew Bracket title, Heady Topper remains the only winner the tournament has had — which is a pretty incredible accomplishment when you consider the brewery's brush with mortality during Tropical Storm Irene. Hope there's room in the Alchemist's trophy case — Heady Topper is also the most highly rated beer on BeerAdvocate and in the top four on Untappd.

But votes throughout the tournament were closer this year. And with surprising runs from upstart breweries like 14th Star and Drop-In, plus Switchback's spirited run in the championship round, it seems it's tougher than ever to declare a favorite Vermont brew. Not a bad problem to have. This year 35,748 total votes were cast in the tournament — thanks to all who chimed in. 

Can Heady Topper make it a threepeat next year? Or will Switchback avenge its by-a-hair loss? Or will another brewery, like best-brewery-in-the-world Hill Farmstead, make a championship run? We'll find out in 2014. Until then, keep drinking local brews.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It
Favorite

About The Author

Tyler Machado

Tyler Machado

Bio:
Tyler Machado was the digital media manager at Seven Days. He mostly worked behind the scenes making sure the website, email newsletters and social media feeds stayed in tip-top shape.

More by Tyler Machado

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

More on Beer

Latest in Bite Club

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation