Laurelwood Workhorse Wins the National IPA Championship

This Year's NIPAC champion from Laurelwood Brewery in Portland, OR.
This Year's NIPAC champion from Laurelwood Brewery in Portland, OR.

As we reported earlier, Boundary Bay IPA did pretty well in this year’s National IPA Championship (NIPAC) – a competition pitting the 64 “best” IPAs from across America in a series of head-to-head match ups. Ed Bennett’s Bellingham Behemoth made it to the sweet sixteen before suffering a disappointing loss to Deschutes Inversion IPA. While Boundary Bay was the last Washington IPA standing, Oregon brewers sent three beers to the elite eight – Deschutes Inversion IPA, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, and Laurelwood Workhorse IPA. In the final four, Rogue and Laurelwood were both still standing and met in a heated match up of cross-state rivals. After dismissing Rogue, Laurelwood Workhorse IPA had an easy path to victory and won the NIPAC trophy, defeating Big Sky IPA in the final match up.

Congratulations to the hard working folks at Portland’s Laurelwood Brewery. We acknowledge that they make good beer in Oregon, but we still think the whole thing was rigged. Here is Laurelwood’s description: Workhorse is a true West Coast IPA, featuring over-the-top hop flavor and aroma. Three separate dry hop additions in the fermenter. 7.5% ALC by Volume, 17º Plato O.G., 3º Plato T.G., 80 IBU.



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