We recently passed the midpoint in October and that means the Beveridge Place Pub has announced the Elite Eight in their annual Hoptoberfest Tournament. For the past two weeks patrons have sampled a wide variety of Washington IPAs and voted for their favorites, with each pubster allowed just one vote per day. Hundreds of ballots have been tallied and the top eight vote-getters now advance to the semifinals.
- 2 Beers Brewing Evolutionary IPA
- Big Al Brewing IPA
- Black Raven Brewing Trickster IPA
- Boundary Bay Brewery IPA
- Diamond Knot Brewing IPA
- Harmon Brewing Pt. Defiance IPA
- Schooner Exact Brewing 3 Grid IPA
- Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Wildcat IPA
From this group of eight, three finalist will advance to the finals and eventually a champion will be crowned. The winning beer will be the house IPA for 2011–the one IPA guaranteed to always be on tap at the Beveridge Place. Each year the winner is announced at the Beveridge Place Pub’s IPA Cask-O-Rama, a three day event (Thurs, November 4th – Sat, November 6th) that features no less than 24 Washington cask-conditioned IPAs served from firkins lined up on the bar.
No doubt, winning the Hoptoberfest Tournament is an honor, but it also translates into a significant number of guaranteed sales. Read our story from last week to learn more about the Hoptoberfest tournament.
Below is a video from last year’s Cask-O-Rama, when the Hoptoberfest winner was announced.
Them’s Fightin’ Words!
Last week we heard rumors (now substantiated) that Boundary Bay Brewery was sending out the proverbial Bat Signal and planning a “Guerilla Brewers Night” this evening (Monday, Oct. 18), bringing folks down from their home base in Bellingham and calling out their many Seattle-area fans to descend upon the Beveridge Place Pub to stuff the ballot boxes.
Next, we heard that the crew over at Black Raven Brewing, whose Trickster IPA is the reigning champion, found out about Boundary Bay’s intentions. We have a sneaking suspicion that they will have a contingent at the pub tonight attempting to countermand Boundary Bay’s insurrection. Furthermore, we’ve heard rumblings that Diamond Knot Brewing may be planning the same thing. And speaking of rumblings, let’s hope people remain civil throughout the evening and leave the chains and knives at home.
Who knows what will materialize tonight. I will say this, we stopped by the Beveridge Place last night and things seemed oddly quiet. We did hear a faint whisper that a group of Schooner Exact fans were formulating a plan of their own.
Tonight may well end up being just another Monday at the Beveridge Place, but it’s sounding like it might be a night that lives in infamy.