It’s time to vote on the Sudsy Sixteen round of Minnesota brewery matchups — and you can do so here — but if you’re wondering how we got here ...

 

How the field was determined:

• Readers voted for their top five breweries, giving 5 points to their top choice and 1 point to their last choice. A total of 128 breweries received votes.

• All votes were tallied and the 16 breweries with the highest vote totals made the cut.

• The breweries were seeded 1 through 16, with the 1-seed having the highest vote total and the 16-seed, the lowest among the 16.

• The seeds were arranged into bracket form, NCAA tournament-style.

 

The final point totals of the 16 teams that made the field:

Surly Brewing Co., 654

Bent Paddle Brewing Co., 532

Indeed Brewing Co., 414

Dangerous Man Brewing Co., 406

Summit Brewing Co., 298

Castle Danger Brewery, 289

Fulton Beer, 285

Steel Toe Brewing, 279

Schell’s Brewery, 186

Bad Weather Brewing Co., 156

Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 155

Bauhaus Brew Labs, 152

Lift Bridge Brewing Co., 141

Town Hall Brewery, 135

HammerHeart Brewing Co., 130

Copper Trail Brewing, 127

 

What we learned:

• Surly, by a landslide. Maybe it could have been predicted, but the Twin Cities powerhouse crushed the competition.

• Duluth is coming in strong. For a while, Bent Paddle was closely challenging Surly for the top seed. It settled for No. 2, but was just the headliner of a strong Duluth class of breweries.

• Copper Trail drinkers are extremely loyal. The Alexandria brewery received just 27 votes — fewer than a couple of teams that didn’t make the field — but all but four of those votes were 5’s.

• Others were liked, but not a priority. Modist Brewing (32 votes, 84 points), Urban Growler Brewing Co. (33 votes, 83 points), Fitgers Brewhouse (33 votes, 79 points) and Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. (40 votes, 111 points) got a lot of nods but missed the cut.

• Only 40 of the 128 breweries were tabbed by fewer than five voters.

• 15 breweries received vote totals of 60 points or more: Insight Brewing (121), Tin Whiskers (111), Disgruntled Brewing (100), Angry Inch Brewing (90), Modist (84), Urban Growler (83), Fitgers (79), LynLake Brewery (76), Bang Brewing (74), Badger Hill Brewing Co. (70), Lake Monster Brewing (68), Omni Brewing Co. (65), Excelsior Brewing Co. (67), 612Brew (63) and Bent Brewstillery (61).