Round 1 of National IPA Championship Complete – Last Year’s Champ Loses in the 1st Round!

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments · California Beer, Events, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

You can see the full bracket results here: http://brackets.brewingnews.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=306230

The biggest surprise has to be last year’s champion of the tournament, Green Flash West Coast IPA, losing to Big Dogs Brewing Hop Harvest. There goes my bracket…

Here are results from the NW:
– Big Sky IPA beat out Ithaca Flower Power
– Boundary Bay IPA beat out Lancaster Hop Dog
– Deschutes Inversion IPA beat out a very solid Founder’s Red’s Rye PA
– Full Sail IPA lost to Watch City Hops Explosion
– Laurelwood Workhorse IPA beat out Redhook Longhammer
– Rogue Yellow Snow IPA beat out Lawson’s Knock Yer Hops Off IPA
– Pike IPA lost to Blind Tiger Top Gun IPA

The northwest winners have some tough matchups in round 2:
– Boundary Bay IPA faces the well-known Bear Republic Racer 5
– Rogue Yellow Snow IPA faces the midwest heavyweight of Bell’s Two-Hearted (I picked the Rogue upset here)
– Big Sky IPA faces Mad Anthony Sofa King’s Bitter IPA
– Deschutes Inversion IPA faces Magic Hat HIPA
– Laurelwood IPA faces Avery IPA

I’ll be pulling for all of the remaining NW IPAs, but I’m really hoping that Boundary Bay and Rogue can take down those two favorites and knock off everyone’s bracket…

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