In April 2017, Peaks and Pints will host the Tournament of Beer: Washington State IPAs. Chosen through a public nomination vote, 64 Washington state IPAs — the cream of the hops — will compete Monday through Friday on our website, April 7-29. Through online voting, Washington state India Pale Ale drinkers will pick daily winners until the best IPA in Washington is crowned. It’s just like March Madness, only with way more alpha acids.
Peaks and Pints will take the top 64 IPAs voted by you and seed the tournament according to most votes, in the state’s four regions — King County, Northwest (North Sound and Peninsula), Eastern Washington and Southwest (includes South Sound) with no more than the top two IPAs per brewery, if a brewery is fortunate to receive ample votes for more than one of its IPAs. We’ll announce the 64 nominated Washington IPAs Sunday, March 26.
The IBU-to-IBU battle of Washington IPAs grand champion will be announced at the Tournament of Beers Party, April 29, at Peaks and Pints in Tacoma’s Proctor District. The final two IPAs will battle live pouring from our Western red cedar tap log with the champion brewery receiving a permanent handle at Peaks and Pints through the spring and summer 2017.
Look for the first round of Washington state IPA battles on the Peaks and Pints website April 7.