Nine Washington Beers Advance to Second Round of the Brewing News National IPA Championship

February 14th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Beer Reviews, Washington Breweries

Nineteen Washington IPAs competed in the first round of the Brewing News National IPA Championship this weekend, and the results are in. Nine Washington IPAs survived to fight on in the second round, which will take place this Saturday, February 19. The results from the first round are below, as well as the second round matchups for our local breweries. Congrats to Flyers and Boundary Bay, who each advance two beers into the second round! As for those breweries that did not advance this year, better luck next year…

First Round Results for WA Breweries
Winning Washington breweries are in bold, and I have crossed out those that did not advance to the second round.

Elysian Brewing Co Idiot Sauvin vs. Six Rivers Brewery IPA
Schooner Exact Brewing Co 3-Grid IPAvs. SweetWater IPA
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co Wildcat IPA vs. Mad Anthony Brewing Company Good Karma IPA
Black Raven Brewing Company Trickster IPA vs. Michigan Brewing High Seas IPA
Rock Bottom Brewery- Bellevue Hop Bomb IPA vs. Big Dog’s Brewing Co Hop Harvest Ale
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse Hoptrocity vs. Three Heads Brewing The Kind India Pale Ale
Trade Route Brewing Hoppy Bitch IPA vs. Marin Brewing Company Marin IPA
Pike IPAvs. Tallgrass Brewing Company Oasis
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery Hop Duster IPA vs. Oaken Barrel Brewing Company Super Fly
Snipes Mountain Zombie Killervs. Tyranena Brewing Company Bitter Woman IPA
Boundary Bay IPAvs. Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s Pale Ale
Boundary Bay Cascadia Dark vs. Pumphouse Brewery Summit IPA
Ice Harbor IPA vs. Avery India Pale Ale
Lazy Boy IPA vs. Great Lakes Brewing Commodore Perry IPA
Diamond Knot IPA vs. The Brew Kettle Production Works White Rajah
Flyers Restaurant and Brewery Afterburner IPA vs. Orlando Brewing Pompous Ass
Hale’s Ales Supergoose IPA vs. Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company Hoppin’ To Heaven IPA
Fremont Brewing Company Interurban IPA vs. Stone IPA
Harmon Brewing Commencement Bay I.P.A. vs. Hop City Brewing Company Happy Hour Premium Ale

There are some disappointing and somewhat surprising losses from the first round, but that goes with the territory when you don’t know much about some of the opponents.

Second Round Matchups for Washington Breweries

Naked City Hoptrocity vs. Grand Canyon Brewing Black Iron IPA
Trade Route Brewing Hoppy Bitch IPA vs. Left Coast Brewing Trestles IPA
Flyer’s Hop Duster IPA vs. Big Dog’s Brewing Dirty Dog IPA
Snipes Mountain Zombie Killer vs. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Boundary Bay IPA vs. Lakefront IPA
Boundary Bay Cascadia Dark vs. Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
Lazy Boy IPA vs. McNeil’s Sunshine IPA
Flyer’s Afterburner IPA vs. Empire Brewing IPA
Harmon Comencement Bay IPA vs. Stone IPA

The Brewing News National IPA Challengepits 128 IPAs (with a max of 7.5% ABV) from around the country against each other in a head-to-head style match-up in a “March Madness” type of format. Several panels of brewers will blindly evaluate the beers and pick a winner each round, but the public can get in on the fun as well.


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