Beer lovers across the state will have their eyes turned to West Seattle this weekend to see if Washington craft beer can stand up in head-to-head competition against some of the nation’s other fine craft beers. For those of you who love big, hoppy beers, this will be heaven on earth.
Our fellow bloggers over at Seattle Beer News will be hosting the first-ever Washington IPA Challenge at the Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle this Saturday. There will be no less than 12 IPAs on tap!
The fun gets started at noon and continues on through the afternoon. The event will feature an official “taste off” judged by real beer judges and industry experts. The event will also include a blind tasting for us normal folks that will determine a “Customers Favorite.” That’s the part I’m really looking forward to.
We just received further clarification from Geoff Kaiser of the Seattle Beer News. For us regular folks, the Bev will be pouring samples from unmarked taps numbered 1-12. The tasting will be all Washington IPAs. The winner of the Customers Favorite award will be a Washington beer.
For the official taste off competition things will be a bit different. Only half of the beers will be from Washington. This is a serious throw-down. Time to see how our local heroes stand up to the competition.
At 4:30, the votes will be tallied. At 5:00, the winners will be announced. At 6:00, they’ll tap a cask of Pike Double IPA.
Read all about the event at Seattle Beer News.
We will see you there.