Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Peaks and Pints Tournament of Beer: NW Double IPAs April 15

Ron Swarner

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Peaks & Pints bartenders Bethany and Sarah Jane discuss the Second Round of the Tournament of Beer: NW Double IPAs.

Peaks and Pints Tournament of Beer: NW Double IPAs April 15

SARAH JANE: For the last two weeks Peaks & Pints presented you with a compelling question: Who brews the best double IPA in the Pacific Northwest? And you have responded in multitudes. Sick days have been used. Friendships have fallen apart. Maltsters and hop farmers living together — mass hysteria!

BETHANY: We’re into day two of the Second Round. Our Tournament introductions are shorter. We’re secretly drinking sours under our announcer desk. We’re running low on get-ups to wear.

SARAH JANE: So, please, read up on yesterday’s action, and then vote on the next four Second Round games. It’s in your hands, mouth, and stomach. Do us proud people.

Wednesday, April 14, Second Round NW Double IPAs Games Results

GAME 1, NORTHERN WASHINGTON REGION

Holy Mountain Astral Projection (#1 seed) vs. Black Raven Wisdom Seeker (#8 seed)

SARAH JANE: There comes that sharp knowing point where you realize you can buck your own trend and overthrow your own inner dictator and hack into your own gnarled mainframe and instead realize it’s OK to enjoy modern dance and organic vegetables and read better books and rarely watch TV and lightning will not strike you if you suddenly decide to vote for a number one seed double IPA because you want to surround your life with Galaxy and Citra hops.

BETHANY: That’s right, Sarah Jane, Holy Mountain Astral Projection won by 20 votes and moves into the Sweet 16. It was an unbelievable battle.

GAME 2, SOUTHERN WASHINGTON REGION

Silver City Ripe N Juicy (#7 seed) vs. 7 Seas Double IPA (#2 seed)

SARAH JANE: Rachyl Fojtik had a helluva day. The @beersandbedtime beer blogger was a bartender and social media manager at 7 Seas Brewing, where she promoted and drank a bunch of Double IPAs. Six month ago, she became the social media manager at Silver City Brewery, where she now promotes and drinks a bunch of Ripe N Juicy Double IPAs.

BETHANY: Her bedtime probably came late last night. 7 Seas Double IPA won by a sliver — 51 percent of the vote — to advance to the Sweet 16.

GAME 3, NORTHERN OREGON REGION

Great Notion Juice Box (#1 seed) vs. Baerlic Trickle Drops (#9 seed)

SARAH JANE: Great Notion kept the lead all day with ferocious play from their Juice Box Double IPA, with assist after assist from Great Notion Juice Jr. That one-two juice punch was too much for Trickle Drops. Juice Box secured 63 percent of the vote and moves into the Sweet 16.

GAME 4, SOUTHERN OREGON REGION

Sunriver Resin Nation (#10 seed) vs. Block 15 Sticky Hands (#2 seed)

BETHANY: Right now Block 15 Sticky Hands in Corvallis, Oregon, is throwing a Block party as it extinguished Resin Nation with 58 percent of the vote. Sticky Hands moves into the Sweet 16.

NICOLE: Let’s weed through the hops. The following are advancing to the Sweet 16:

Holy Mountain Astral Projection

7 Seas Double IPA

Great Notion Juice Box

Block 15 Sticky Hands

SARAH JANE: OK, Let’s dive into more Second Round action featuring four double IPA battles. Please vote for one beer per game. Voting for today’s double IPA battles ends at 11:45 p.m. The winners will be announced tomorrow morning around 10 a.m., followed by four new Second Round games.

NICOLE: Ladies and gentlemen, please join in the singing of our national anthem.

SARAH JANE: Thank you Demi Lovato! OK, let’s get to voting!

Thursday, April 15, Second Round NW Double IPA Games

GAME 1, NORTHERN WASHINGTON REGION

Rainy Daze Only The Tip (#12 seed) vs. Structures Double IPA (#4 seed)

SARAH JANE: Rainy Daze and Structures had impressive First Round wins against Cloudburst and Skookum, respectively. Structures has to be concerned that Rainy Daze might use more than Only The Tip. Rainy daze must be worried about, well, Structures.

BETHANY: This is too close to call. Vote now.

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GAME 2: SOUTHERN WASHINGTON REGION

Wet Coast Two Flights Up (#6 seed) vs. Sig Terraformation (#14 seed)

SARAH JANE: Full disclosure – I use to tend bar at Wet Coast Brewing in Gig Harbor. I know Wet Coast owners Molly and Bryan Copeland and April and Aaron Johnson treat their staff well. I know Two Flights Up double IPA is delicious. So, I should probably excuse myself from this game.

BETHANY: Technically, it’s too late haha. … Both breweries have huge followings, impressive for Sig Brewing since they haven’t been around as long as Wet Coast. There is also a rumor that Wet Coast Sales Executive Paul Whitcomb and Sig Brewing Sales Executive Dante Hernandez will face off in what is being called “WWEt Coast SigMania” today. Will this affect the outcome? What I do know is both breweries need to rally the troops as this is going to be a barn burner.

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GAME 3, NORTHERN OREGON REGION

Laurelwood Megafauna (#5 seed) vs. pFriem Double IPA (#4 seed)

SARAH JANE: What’s there to say that everyone doesn’t already know? Laurelwood Public House & Brewery restaurant has long been one of the anchors of Portland’s craft beer scene, reliably producing beers since 2001 that have so woven themselves into the fabric of the city’s beer culture that it’s easy to forget how damn tasty Megafauna Imperial IPA really is.

BETHANY: From the moment you walk through pFriem Family Brewers’ front door, everything at the waterfront pub in Hood River seems perfect — from the craft beer to the staff, from the view to the firepit, from the kitchen to Farmer Matt’s Academy Award-winning brewery tours. If the Double IPA makes a rare appearance on their 20-tap tower, then you must have a pint of the dank and piney perfection.

SARAH JANE: As you can see, this game isn’t an easy decision.

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GAME 4, SOUTHERN OREGON REGION

Barley Brown’s Forklift (#6 seed) vs. Crux Half Hitch (#3 seed)

SARAH JANE: Gold Rush Malt, a malt house in downtown Baker City, delivers malt 10 blocks away by forklift to craft brewery Barley Brown’s. What Barley Brown’s does with the malt is combine it with Simcoe, Columbus, Citra, Chinook, Amarillo, and Ahtanum hops for a West Coast, slap-you-in-the-face 9 percent Forklift double IPA.

BETHANY: Any brewery that combines an almost barleywine character double IPA with a giant yard with all the lawn games deserves to have its double IPA taken very seriously indeed. No matter how you twist it, Crux Half Hitch is a contender.

SARAH JANE: I imagine Oregonians will make the 230-mile drive between the two breweries to sip them both.

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Friday, April 16, Peaks and Pints Tournament of Beer: NW Double IPAs action …

Game 1: Georgetown Meowsa (#7 seed) vs. Reuben’s Brews Double Crush (#2 seed)

Game 2: Bale Breaker Bottomcutter (#1 seed) vs. Narrows Come Play With Us (#9 seed)

Game 3: Gigantic Ginormous (#6 seed) vs. Fort George Skies of Wonder (#3 seed)

Game 4: Pelican Beak Breaker (#5 seed) vs. GoodLife Comatose (#4 seed)

LINK: Peaks and Pinks Tournament of Beer: NW Double IPAs previous games

LINK: Tournament of Beers: NW Double IPAs explanation

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