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Eight beers remail in the Des Moines Register and Iowa Taproom's all-Iowa Beer Brackets. Vote for your favorite Iowa beer now at DesMoinesRegister.com/BeerBrackets. Wochit

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The end is near: A mere four beers remain in the Des Moines Register and Iowa Taproom Beer Brackets.

A field that started with 64 beers, all calling Iowa home, has been narrowed down to the penultimate, the final four round of competition. The round opened Monday and runs through Saturday. A winner in the March Madness-style 2017 Beer Brackets is set to be announced March 28. Want to see results of the previous rounds? Head to DesMoinesRegister.com/BeerBrackets to vote and see how these beers made it to the final four.

How voting works:

  • Click through to DesMoinesregister.com/BeerBrackets. It’s free and requires no registration.
  • Pick which beer in each matchup you want to see advance.
  • Click “vote” at the bottom of the matchup.
  • Repeat daily until a winner is announced at the end of the month.

A breakdown of the final four beers:

Hoppy: No Coast IPA from Knoxville’s Peace Tree Brewing wins the hoppy bracket. A flagship beer from the central Iowa brewery, No Coast is described on the Peace Tree website as having “tons of bitterness and loads of hop flavor.” The beer is available year-round in bottles and draft from the brewery and clocks in at 7.25 percent alcohol-by-volume.

Dark and malty: 10 Day Scottish Ale, a staple beer from Des Moines’ movie theater and brewery Flix Brewhouse, brings home the dark and malty title. The beer registers at 5.4 percent ABV and boasts a tinge of sweet flavor along with dark and malty. The Flix website describes it as “a dark amber ale that focuses on the rich, nutty flavors of the malted barley it is made from.”

Light: Des Moines-born Confluence Brewing Co. brings its Capital Gold lager to the final four round of the Beer Brackets. At 5.1 percent ABV, the Confluence website describes this year-round brew as “satisfying to the experienced craft beer drinker, yet welcoming to those new to the world of craft beer.”

Strong, sour or fruity: Beatnik Sour, the Berliner Weisse from Des Moines’ Exile Brewing Co., brings home the top prize in the strong, sour or fruity bracket. The beer registers at 5 percent ABV and Exile’s website says “tart and acidic, Beatnik Sour is everything your conventional beer isn’t.”

Visit DesMoinesRegister.com/BeerBrackets to vote. Voting for the final four closes Saturday at 10 a.m.

Want free beer? Mark your calendar: The Register and Iowa Taproom want to give you free beer (yes, zero dollars). On Friday, head out to the Taproom (215 E. 3rd Street in Des Moines’ East Village) to sample the final four beers in the tournament and then cast a vote on which you want to see win (but only if you’re of age). The happy hour tasting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m.

The Des Moines Register Beer Brackets launched in 2016 with more than 11,000 votes cast through six rounds of voting. The West Okoboji-based beer CocO Stout from West O Beer took home the top prize. Know which Iowa beer is your favorite? Vote now at DesMoinesRegister.com/’BeerBrackets.

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