Schell’s makes ‘Ale-ite Eight’

NEW ULM — Schell’s Brewery made it to the “Ale-ite Eight” in the Star Tribune’s 2019 Ultimate Beer Bracket Challenge and are squaring off against Summit Brewing for a spot in the “Foamy Four.”

Every year the Star Tribune sponsors the Beer Bracket Challenge where people vote online for their favorite Minnesota breweries. Voters and beer enthusiasts alike begin by picking a field of 64 breweries and as of Tuesday have shortened the field to eight.

In the previous “Sudsy Sixteen” round Schell’s flattened Fulton advanced to the No. 4-seed.

No.-5 seed Summit, an established St. Paul brewery, is closely nipping at Schell’s heels.

In the other divisions No. 1-seed Castle Danger is laying siege to No. 8-seed Indeed Brewing Company.

Bent Paddle is rowing up a fight against Fair State and a brawl is brewing in Minneapolis between the Twin Cities’ Surly and Dangerous Man breweries.

People can vote for their favorite breweries until 5 p.m. Tuesday at Star Tribune’s website.

The next round begins Friday, March 29.

Last year, Schell’s made it to the “Ale-ite Eight” before being defeated by Fulton. Schell’s won the bracket competition in 2017.

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