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Beveridge Place coronates Lucille as Queen of the Pub, this Thursday

This Thursday, January 8th, the Beveridge Place Pub officially inaugurates Lucille IPA as the House IPA for 2015. The event serves as a Georgetown Brewing brewers night and the celebration includes other G-town favorite treats along with Lucille, including Lisa’s Chocolate Stout, Camp George Dunkelweizen (collaboration with Portland’s Basecamp Brewing), and the elusive Tombourbon. Who knows what else might happen.

What do I mean when I say House IPA? The 36 taps at the Beveridge Place Pub rotate regularly, with just a few beers remaining constant. Among them, the house IPA, which outsells the rest of the regular offerings. A typical week at the pub sees the crowd consume up to five or six kegs of the House IPA — the “always on tap” IPA.

How do they determine the House IPA? Each year in October, Beveridge Place Pub celebrates Hoptoberfest, a month-long celebration of IPA that includes an NCAA-style, bracketed tournament to determine the next year’s House IPA. Any Washington-brewed IPA is eligible for the tournament and pub patrons nominate their favorites. Eventually the pub taps the top vote-getters and the beersĀ  face off in head to head competition with pubsters voting for their favorite, a winner is determined and named the House IPA for the following year.

For the winners, it’s a lucrative honor to be the House IPA at the Beveridge Place. The crowd knows a thing or two about IPA, so if you win it means you’re brewing a good one. Also, lots of guaranteed keg sales. Five kegs a week for a year is nothing to sneeze at.