Wednesday, February 6, 2008

National IPA Championship

I received an email from the folks at Brewing News alerting to the National IPA Championship:
Join us in celebrating March Madness with a single elimination bracket of 32 IPAs from across the nation going head to head in a battle to see who has biggest cone-jones! The National IPA Championship (NIPAC) starts with the preliminary round on February 23rd in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Enter your prediction of each round on-line at to qualify for the 2008 NIPAC Winners Contest. All contestants that correctly predict the winners of every round and the final champion will be included in a NIPAC Contest Winners Drawing. Prizes include a full case of beer from the 2008 National IPA Champion, tee-shirts, posters and brewery merchandise.

Visit our on-line Locker Room for full descriptions of each of the IPA competitors. After confirming your age, you will then be able to review the beers and then proceed to our on-line contest . Want to know if your favorite IPAs advance to the next level? Follow their progress on-line using the link provided in the Locker Room. NIPAC winners are posted to the web site within 24 hours of each round.

Print a bracket sheet to put in your office, beer bar, homebrew shop...anywhere! Get hopped up - join the fun on your own, or in an office or bar pool!

The judging rounds will be held in four cities with the final round in on March 8 in Atlantic City, NJ. I didn't see any information on how the judging of the beers will take place, who the judges will be, or if the judging is open to the public. Nonetheless this sounds like a lot of fun and will surely spark some interesting debate among fans of IPAs. You can download bracket sheets and enter your predictions online at

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