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Boulevard Brewery is piling up victories in three different ‘beer brackets’

Boulevard Brewery’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Boulevard Brewery’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale The Kansas City Star

So, your NCAA Tournament bracket is a mess? You’re not alone.

But one Kansas City business is killing it in three different brackets. Boulevard Brewery is included in three “beer brackets,” and the local team has yet to be eliminated.

Let’s take a look at the particulars:

▪ USA Today’s For The Win has an “Ultimate Craft Brewery” bracket that seeded Boulevard at No. 5 in the Midwest region. It beat Wisconsin’s New Glarus (which has a good Spotted Cow Cream Ale) in the first round. Up next is Bell’s Brewery (from Kalamazoo, Mich.), which is a tough matchup. You can vote here.

▪ The Washington Post’s Beer Madness 2015 has seen Boulevard’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale advance to the Final Four. In the first round, it beat the Hardywood Singel Belgian Abbey-style Blonde Ale out of Richmond, Va. It wasn’t even close: 1,932 votes to 938.

The next victim was Allagash Tripel Ale from Portland, Maine. Tank 7 won 409-318. Chicago’s Goose Island Sofie Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale was blown out in the Elite Eight. Tank 7 won 297-168.

Tank 7 is up against San Diego’s Green Flash West Coast IPA for the right to get to the finals. Voting ends soon, but you can vote here.

▪ Last, and certainly not least, is Draft magazine’s 2015 Beer Bracket. Tank 7 is again the beer competing, and it crushed Mr. Pineapple Wheat (SunTan Brewing in Chandler, Ariz.) 78 percent to 22 percent.

In the next round, Blood Orange Gose (Anderson Valley Brewing in Boonville, Calif.) managed 36 percent to Tank 7’s 64 percent.

Grapefruit Sculpin IPA (Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego) is up next in the Sweet 16. A win by Tank 7 in this bracket would be good for Kansas City:

You can vote in that bracket here.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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