Oh Mamma! Skip knocked this one out of the park!
Last night we attended the release party for Skip Madsen’s Breakaway IPA. The event was held at Pillagers Pub in Greenwood. Many of Skip’s fellow brewers were in attendance. People like Drew Cluley (Pike), Bill Jenkins (Big Time), Janelle Pritchard (Snoqualmie Falls), and of course Jeff Smiley (Baron/3 Skulls) who just so happens to be the publican at Pillagers.
It should come as no surprise that Skip made an amazing IPA. Afterall, he is/was the genius who concocted Boundary Bay IPA (the “people’s IPA”) back when he brewed in Bellingham. Not to mention Queen Nina IPA while he was brewing for Water Street. The fella knows what to do with a bag of hops, that’s a proven fact.
They were serving two different versions of Breakaway IPA: a dry-hopped cask and a regular draft. The two beers were surprisingly different, but both were absolutely delicious. The cask went quickly.
There are 40-something kegs of Breakaway IPA in existence. We understand that 15 of them have been spoken for. Likely, they’ll find their way to the Seattle-area’s better beer bars.
Talk to your publican. Tell ’em to get hold of Skip and get a keg of Breakaway IPA. If they don’t know how to get hold of Skip, they can contact Jeff Smiley at Baron/3 Skulls or they can contact us here at the beer blog and we’ll get them hooked up.
This is good stuff and is very much worth your effort, especially if you’re an IPA lover (and I know how many of you are).