Nerves are no doubt on edge for much of the country this month. But for fans of college basketball’s #1 seeds, the month of March is an emotional roller coaster. If you’re rooting for Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, or North Carolina to win this year, you might need a little something to help take the edge off. We put together a list containing the top brewery in each of the #1 seeds’ hometowns which you can visit to resolve your anxiety this month — or at least make it a bit more manageable.
Durham, NC — Duke University
Less than a 10-minute drive east of campus sits Fullsteam Brewery. They proudly brew Southern-style beer that displays the agricultural pride and prosperity of North Carolina. By buying local and brewing local, they aim to improve the quality of life for the locals and stimulate their hometown economy. With 20 beers on tap and a full food menu available until 10 p.m. — Fullsteam Brewery is the perfect spot to watch the Blue Devils and celebrate the farm and food traditions of the American South well after the final whistle.
Next game: Sunday, 3/24 @ 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time vs. UCF
Charlottesville, VA — University of Virginia
Located merely a mile from the center of campus is Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub: South Street Brewery. If you’re having trouble deciding which of their delicious beers you’d like to try, they offer 12-beer flights for just $12 or 6-beer flights for $6. To complement their robust craft beer selection, they offer a variety of pub pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and starters. Sample the Central Virginia beer scene while supporting the Cavaliers from one of Charlottesville’s top-rated breweries.
Next game: Sunday, 3/24 @ 7:45 p.m. Eastern Time vs. Oklahoma
Spokane, WA — Gonzaga University
No car? No problem. Spokane’s No-Li Brewhouse is within walking distance of the Gonzaga University campus. They pride themselves on providing an authentic craft brewery experience and serve guests on a first-come, first-serve basis — so you’ll want to get there a bit before tipoff. While they don’t take reservations, they have plenty of seating — including a scenic patio along the banks of the Spokane River. With 12 available beers and a full menu offered all day, there will be plenty of flavors to explore while you’re watching the game. If you fall in love with a beer while you’re there, they offer to-go bottles, cases, growlers, and kegs.
Next game: Saturday, 3/23 @ 4:10 p.m. Pacific Time vs. Baylor
Chapel Hill, NC — University of North Carolina
From the University of North Carolina, you don’t have to wander far down Franklin Street to run into Carolina Brewery. Since their opening in 1995, they’ve been awarded over 100 medals for their brewing excellence. In addition to their seasonal beer selection, they offer a wide array of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and specialty menu items that are sure to hit the spot at any time of the day. If being the fifth-oldest brewery in the state isn’t enough to get you to stop in the brewery, it might help to hear that their owner is a third-generation UNC alumnus and a dedicated supporter of the Tar Heels.
Next game: Sunday, 3/24 @ 2:40 p.m. Eastern Time vs. Washington