Mash Madness 2024

The results are in for the 2024 installment of Rhode Island’s brewery bracket showdown! Thirty beers from 27 RI breweries faced off for bragging rights as the RIFT tournament champion.

This year we had four style regions: light ales (pale ales, IPAs, etc.), lagers, dark ales, and specialty. The early rounds were judged by teams of three tasters who rotated to a different style/region each round. The criteria was simple: which beer do you like better?

The final four and championship round had reshuffled and expanded voter rosters, and the winner was… Smug Brewing’s Tropical Winter, a guava-passion fruit sour ale, edging out the Moniker/Shaidzon collab Monikel On, a Dortmunder Gold lager. Congrats!