Drink Up For March Madness - The Best Drinks For Bracket Season

Drink Up For March Madness - The Best Drinks For Bracket Season

It’s tournament time! 

Support local by basing your adult beverages in March on the schedule for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. These drinks are guaranteed to help you have a good time, no matter what happens with your bracket. 

First Four | March 15th and 16th 


Save the best for the first round of the tournament! Graham + Fisk’s Wine-In-A-Can is headquartered in Cleveland, and is the best way to represent Ohio. Plus, canned wine is a welcome change from beer, and is the best wine to break out during tournament time. Order a variety pack to carry you through the whole month. 

First/Second | March 17th and 19th 


Add this rooster to your bar cart! One Foot Cock liquor from Buffalo Distilling Company is just what your cocktail needs. Their bourbon is distilled entirely in Buffalo, NY, is sold in retail stores across the state, and is available for pickup at the distillery. Count us in for their Apple Pie Moonshine. 

First/Second | March 17th and 19th 


Cheers with Bier! Bier Brewing in Indianapolis is an award-winning brewery serving up several different styles of beer including IPAs, pale ales, and session tarts. Their website promises smooth, drinkable beer that is only made with high-quality ingredients. 

First/Second | March 17th and 19th 


Fort Worth has a number of distilleries known for vodka, gin, and whiskey — there’s even a Fort Worth distillery trail where you can sample all of these small-batch liquors! For ordering online, Silver Star has a number of options including a very popular Texas Honey whiskey. 

First/Second | March 17th and 19th 


We love a good canned wine, and UNDERWOOD in Oregon packages some of the best Oregon table wines into beautiful cans. This 4-pack of Pinot Noir is equivalent to two bottles, and the peacocks on the can guarantee sipping in style while supporting Oregon wineries. 

First/Second | March 18th and 20th 


Take your NCAA tournament to a tropical level with rum from Hilton Head Distillery. There’s a rum for everyone in this collection of craft spirits, including white rum, spiced rum, coconut rum, pineapple rum, and even bananas foster rum! One thing is certain — these spirits will lift yours, even if your team is already out. 

First/Second | March 18th and 20th 


Wisconsin has a serious loyalty to beer, and it definitely shows with all of their breweries! For this stop on the NCAA tournament trail, find us drinking one of the many delicious beers from Milwaukee Brewing Company. MKE IPA is even available for purchase at Total Wine in Wisconsin. 

First/Second | March 18th and 20th 


What’s on tap in Pittsburgh? A lot of quality options. If you’re in the area, give Two Frays Brewery a try. Locals can’t get enough of this brewery that serves a number of delicious beers. Plus, you can even pick up 4-packs and 2-packs for watching March Madness at home. 

First/Second | March 18th and 20th 


You might think it’s too early, but it’s always seltzer season in sunny California. Ashland Hard Seltzer is the perfect choice here, with refreshing flavors to cleanse the palette like Lavender Lemonade and Mango Chili. Find it across California and available online. 

Sweet 16/Elite Eight |  March 24th and 26th 


Believe it or not, San Antonio “Hill Country” is wine country, and there’s a lot of good wine coming from Texas. Enjoy both white and red wines from the Lone Star State including award-winning wines from Becker, Llano, and more. 

Sweet 16/Elite Eight |  March 24th and 26th 


With wine country just down the street, it’s almost impossible to narrow down a good glass of vino to celebrate March Madness in San Francisco. But since we started this list… we recommend a California Cab. This Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon is amazingly smooth for the price and ideal for the later rounds in the tournament. 

Sweet 16/Elite Eight |  March 25th and 27th 


What’s better than a Lagunitas IPA? Hardly anything in our opinion. Chicago has some awesome breweries, but few distribute as widely and are as available as the delicious beers from Lagunitas. 

Sweet 16/Elite Eight |  March 24th and 26th 


Make a mean cocktail with the beautiful bottles from Philadelphia Distilling Company. Whether you’re looking for a classic vodka, or you want to branch out for spring and try an elderflower gin, this distillery produces high-quality liquors made for the craft cocktail enthusiast. 

Final Four | April 2nd and 4th 


There are several really great distilleries in New Orleans including NOLA Distillery and Roulaison Distilling Company.  But if you don’t live in New Orleans and want to cheer with a traditional cocktail, try a Sazerac. This drink originated in New Orleans, is considered the first American cocktail, and is the perfect NCAA Tournament nightcap. 

Erin Hooker

Erin Hooker is a writer with experience creating wine, food, and interior design content. She began contributing to Graham + Fisk’s blog in 2021.

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