Listerman Friar Bacon
Host city: Dayton, Ohio
Dayton's star has risen as the host city for the tournament's play-in games and one of the site's for its East regional match-ups, but it still has a long way to go to catch up with Ohio's other brewing towns.
Home to a huge Boston Beer (SAM) Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati and the home of powerhouse craft brewers such as Great Lakes Brewing, Ohio knows its beer. Unfortunately, Dayton is still kind of feeling its way around. Listerman has been fighting the good fight as a small brewery since 1991, though, and has supplemented its income by selling home brewing equipment since 2008.During that time, it's also produced this smoky rauchbier that gets its roasted flavor straight from the grain and malt, pulls a little more maple flavor out of said malt and hits a drinker with just a little hoppiness at the finish. At 7% alcohol by volume, this amber beauty is going to be downright beastly for fans who enjoy their beers light, fizzy and bought in pairs during game breaks. But it's a must-drink brew that's a great -- if gimmicky -- example of Dayton's brewing potential.