Here at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine we’re always striving to stay abreast of the latest and greatest breweries in our craft beer-rich Blue Ridge region. Usually our research consists of drinking said beer whenever and wherever we can get our hands on it, but this week we’re taking our efforts a bit further by launching our 4th annual craft beer contest.

This year, we present “State of the Hops“, an exciting online contest showcasing 64 breweries in North Carolina and Virginia made possible by the support of Nelson County, VA Tourism. Not only do these two states have the greatest number of craft breweries in our 10 state footprint, but they are also home base to the two offices of Blue Ridge Outdoors (coincidence?).

In a bracket-style format, some of our favorite breweries and their loyal patrons will battle it out to see who rises to the top in 2016. The contest starts today and runs through Tuesday, August 2nd. Each bracket round lasts one week with voting ending at 9:00 am EST every Tuesday. Voting will resume at 12:00 noon on the same day for the breweries that advance to the next round, and you can vote once every 24 hours from any device! The champion brewery will receive an article on as well as exposure in the October issue of the magazine.

So rally your craft beer loving friends by getting the word out and sharing the news that your favorite brewery is in the running!