We really, truly love this time of year. And not just becuase it’s Valentine’s Day, but because it’s time for the annual National IPA Championships (NIPAC)! Last night, in Buffalo, New York, IPAs from across the nation went head to head in the first round of a 1:1 elimination tournament. In Round 1, we had our much loved IPA as well as a rare style for us, our Cascadian Dark and we are proud to announce that BOTH of our beers took down their competitors and are advancing to Round 2!
Next Saturday, February 19th, the NIPAC judging moves to Syracuse, NY and our IPA goes up against Lakefront IPA by Lakefront Brewery while our Cascadian Dark takes on Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA. The Lakefront IPA, according to Lakefront Brewery “pours a hazy orange with a rocky white head that lasts, and leaves soft lace on your glass as you sip this refreshing beer. American Cascade and Chinook hops dominate the aroma, yielding a citrusy, floral bouquet. The hops give a nice bitter bite to the flavor, but this beer is surprisingly well balanced with a full body and smooth malty flavor to back up the hops. It finishes smooth and crisp with a lingering hop flavor reminiscent of fresh ruby red grapefruit.” Dark Horse describes their Crooked Tree IPA as “Heavily dry-hopped to give a big aroma of pine and citrus, the flavors are big but very balanced between fresh hops and malt. Often described as “grapefruity” our hops give this beer an excellent flavor that finishes dry, crisp, and clean.”
There were 19 beers from Washington State in the first round of NIPAC, but they’ve been whittled down to just 9 Washington beers still standing in Round 2. We’re thrilled to be among those 9 and proud to represent the unique, bold flavors of Washington craft beer. Cheers!