We started the Great NJ Craft Brewery Bracket in March using data collected from Untappd.com to select the top 32 NJ breweries based on number of ratings. We organized each brewery into one of four regions: North, Central, South, and Jersey Shore and you voted. Now we are announcing the overall champion!

With over 35,000 votes between the two finalists, we now are set to crown a champion! It is Devil's Creek Brewery in Collingswood! I wanted to highlight the winning brewery and why it's worth a trip, or at the very least, worth keeping an eye open for their brews.

The 2017 NJ101.5 Brewery Bracket Winner

How did a brewery that isn't even a year old make it to the finals? They thought outside the box that's how.

For starters, they opened up in Collingswood, an old Quaker borough that has been a dry town since 1873. Being the only game in town, people welcomed them with open arms. Now it was possible to grab a growler of fresh beer before heading into one of the many local restaurants for dinner.

Taking their name from local lore and rumors of Jersey Devil sightings at the Newton Creek watershed, Devil's Creek set out to make beers that nobody else was making. Styles such as old English ales, smoked ryes, black IPAs, and cherry stouts to name a few. Or maybe you want to try their Nessie a strong Scotish ale coming in at 8.4% ABV.

It's definitely not your typical line-up and I think people are always excited to try something they've never had before. If you can make something that's new but also a great beer in its own right, then you really stand out.

So there you have it, out of 32 of the top NJ craft breweries, you voted and the 2017 title goes to Devil's Creek Brewery! A big congratulations to them, but also to the runner-up, Departed Soles Brewing Co. and of course all the other breweries that battled it out over the past two months.

Thank you all for producing amazing craft beers and putting New Jersey on the map as a serious beer state!

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