Breakaway IPA – a Big Hit

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).



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11 comments

  1. I was super bummed to have missed out on the release at Pillager’s. It would have been a two-for last night: first time at Pillager’s, and first taste of a Madsen IPA.

    My disappointment quickly gave way to pure excitement as I discovered a keg at the Old Towne pub in Ballard. After quizzing bartender, it sounds like Dray is also scheduled to receive shipment as well–thankfully, since I love the place.

    Since it sounds like you have a connection with hop-master, feel free to pass on my enthusiasm for not only his beer–a big, well-balanced IPA–but for the most righteous tap handles ever conceived. My perception may be a bit biased since I played hockey for over 15 years, but homemade handles made from old sticks and real pucks–genius!

    Looking forward to what’s to come.

  2. Thanks for the great reviews on my beer, it is good to be brewing again! THANK YOU Kate and Jeff at Baron Brewing! ( By the way, for those of you wondering why the cask and draft were different at the release party, there was an initial mixup of the draft beer , the beer coming out of the breakaway draft handle was actually a different beer, not mine!)
    The problem was resolved and the Beer is flowing at Pillagers Pub and other Ale houses in Seattle, with much more Breakaway IPA to come! Contact [email protected]
    Skip

  3. Last night a good friend and IPA Guru and I wondered into one of our favorite beverage locations (The Dog & Pony) and found this wonderful Breakaway IPA on tap……..Holy Sh%t…..one of the best IPA’s I have had in years! Great Job Skip!

  4. Last night a good friend and IPA Guru and I wondered into one of our favorite beverage locations (The Dog & Pony) and found this wonderful Breakaway IPA on tap……..Holy Sh%t…..one of the best IPA’s I have had in years! Great Job Skip!

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