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We asked brewers and beer drinkers for the labels they loved in 2015. Allowing for one label per brewery, CNBC separated the breweries into to four regions of 16, (roughly, though not always, according to geography). The matchups within each region were done by random draw.
Voting in the first round will be live until March 16 at 10 a.m. ET. (Vote here.)
Reminder: This is not about which beer you think tastes the best. Ultimately, if the beer inside the bottle is subpar, it doesn't matter what's on the outside. However, the goal here is to celebrate and showcase some of the creativity being done on labels and cans by breweries and artists nationwide.
While the label creativity gets more inspired with each passing year, there are a few entrants that for a variety of reasons should be formidable competitors. Here are three labels to watch as the 2016 Battle of the Beer Labels gets underway.