(Philadelphia, PA) Boundary Bay Brewery made it to the Sweet 16 in this year’s National IPA Championship (NIPAC) but suffered a painful, unexpected loss in the third round to Deschutes Inversion IPA. The match-up took place on March 7th in Philadelphia, PA.
After defeating an outmatched Lancaster Brewing Hop Hog IPA in the first round, the Bellingham Behemoth squeaked out a victory against Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA in the second round. Many people believed Racer 5 to be the toughest competitor in this year’s tournament. After that impressive win, it looked like Boundary Bay would have smooth sailing into the Great Eight and the Final Four. Then, last weekend, something went horribly, horribly wrong and the judging panel mysteriously determined Deschutes to be the better IPA.
Although nobody from Boundary Bay was willing to go on record, we did find someone willing to speak anonymously. “The fix was in and the whole thing was rigged,” the mustachioed mystery man said. “They obviously paid-off the judges. Phil Knight (the Nike tycoon) has deep pockets and he wants to see Oregon win at any cost.”
The fix does indeed seems to be in for the Oregon Brewers Guild. Along with Deschutes Inversion IPA, Laurelwood Workhorse IPA and Rogue Yellow Snow IPA also made the final eight.
Of course we’re kidding and wish our friends from Oregon nothing but the best of luck.
To see the brackets, go to http://www.brewingnews.com/