Interested in winning a case of the best IPA in the country? Yeah, I thought so.
The annual Brewing News National IPA Championship (NIPAC) is open for you to make your picks. This is a fun “March Madness” style competition that pits IPAs from all over the country against each other in head-to-head matchups. There are 128 competitors in the IPA category and another 96 beers competing in the Imperial IPA category. The matchups were randomly chosen. The winner of each matchup will move on to the next round. Judging will be done by brewers and qualified “hop lovers” at several locations around the country.
The deadline to make your picks is this upcoming Saturday, February 14 at 9am PST.
What’s the payoff? The person with the best bracket wins a case of the winning beers!
It looks like there are 13 IPA entries from WA breweries and another 10 Imperial IPA entries. Best of luck to those that entered.
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The Eighth Annual NIPAC is here! And the Third Annual NI-IPAC!
Once again, we’ve assembled 128 competitors to vie “head to head” for this year’s NIPAC championship and 96 to compete for the NI-IPAC crown! It all starts this coming weekend in Buffalo, New York and continues weekly up until the Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship round in mid-March. The brackets let you watch the competition unfold; first round match ups are below.
Remember, the best part about our Beer Brackets is that you get to compete too! And the winner of each bracket’s predictions will win a case of the championship beer, as well as some serious bragging rights.
It all starts at the NIPAC url below with an explanation of the contest…you then click to go to the locker room. After confirming your age, you will be able to review the beers and proceed to our on-line contest. Most brewers have submitted their stats, the better to inform you as you decide who to root for.
We realize the Locker Room can seem a little intimidating, but it’s full of vital information for you to make your picks. For those who want eve more, look for the “previous competitions” link.
Once ready, choose the “Predict It!” link and you will be taken to our brackets software, where you can enter your picks for the entire tournament. Making your preditions may take a while(Please Note: NI-IPAC has byes facing some breweries in the first round. Please choose the bye’s opponent to win. Unfortunately, this cannot be automated!)
Make sure your predictions are complete!
The deadline for your picks for NIPAC is Noon EST, Saturday, February 14, 2015.
The deadline for your picks for NI-IPAC is Noon EST, Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Want to know if your favorite IPAs advance to the next level? Follow their progress on-line using the link provided in the Locker Room. Winners are posted to the web site within 24 hours of each round. Be sure to subscribe to our Beer Brackets email newsletter so that we can notify you the moment the results are posted!
Now go and make your picks. Root for your favorite brewery and be sure to let your friends know to make their picks too—it’s fun to compare your picks and see who gets bragging rights!
Thanks for participating!