Monday, March 25th, 2019

Tournament of Beer: Northwest Pilsners bracket released

Ron Swarner


Peaks and Pints has unveiled the official bracket for its Tournament of Beer: Northwest Pilsners, a voter-based public tournament seeking to crown the best pilsners brewed in the Pacific Northwest. Patterned after the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Tournament of Beer features 64 pilsners from Washington and Oregon, all seeded by public vote in February, and separated into four geographical regions: Seattle/Greater King County, Washington state, Portland/Greater Multnomah County and Oregon with one pilsner per brewery.


These top 64 vote getters — the cream of the crisp — will compete Monday through Friday at, April 5-27. Through online voting, Northwest pilsner drinkers will pick daily winners until the best pilsner in the Northwest is crowned. It’s just like March Madness, only with way more Saaz hops.


The Tournament of Beer: Northwest Pilsners grand champion will be announced at the Tournament of Beer Party, April 27, at Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., in Tacoma’s Proctor District. The final two pilsners will battle live pouring from the bottle shop, taproom and restaurant’s Western red cedar tap log with the champion brewery receiving a permanent handle through the spring and summer 2019.

Bracket hard copies for your refrigerator are at Peaks and Pints.

Look for the first round of Northwest pilsners battles beginning Friday, April 5 at

LINK: 2017 Tournament of Beer: Washington IPAs

LINK: 2018 Tournament of Beer: Northwest Porters