National IPA Championship crowns a winner

The winner has been determined in this year’s National IPA Championship – the nationwide competition organized and operated by the Brewing News. Congratulations to Lawson’s Finest Liquids Triple Play IPA, the winner of the 2011 NIPAC.

In the final four, Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery Organic Hopworks IPA was defeated by Big Dog’s Brewing Company Dirty Dog IPA, and Ithaca Beer Company’s Flower Power IPA fell to Lawson’s Finest Liquids Triple Play IPA.

Last time I checked, Vermont had the most craft breweries per capita of any state in the U.S.A. Of course the population of Vermont is very small, so even if they only had a dozen breweries (I think that’s about right) they would hold the title. One of those breweries is Lawson’s Finest Liquids.

Vermont, eh? As time goes on, my interest in visiting that part of the world just continues to grow.

I cannot profess to be an expert on Vermont’s craft breweries. Based on the limited information I can find out there on the Interwebs we can chalk this one up as a victory for the little guy.

Cheers to that. Congratulations to Lawson’s Finest Liquids.

From Sean Lawson’s blog:

I am thrilled and honored that our little brewery took the crown! The Triple Play IPA is one of our new recipes, and is based on my Double Sunshine IPA (8%), only with additional hop varieties, and a lower alchol content (6.5%). The beer is brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops and features a tantalizing floral aroma, layers of juicy tropical hop flavor, and just enough malt backbone to stand up to a triple punch of bitterness.

I’ve had lots of fun with this name, which fits into my love of baseball theme….such as Triple Play IPA – goes all the way! And “No batter beer!” – which you’ll find right on the label. Many cheers to you all, and thanks for joining on us on this fun ride!

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