Friday, January 30, 2009

National IPA Championship Returns

Sponsored by Brewing News Magazine, the 2nd Annual National IPA Challenge is underway. From the emailed announcement:
Join us in celebrating March Madness with a single elimination bracket of 64 IPAs from across the nation going "head to head" to see who has biggest cone-jones! The National IPA Championship (NIPAC) starts with the preliminary round on February 22nd in Syracuse, New York; and then continues weekly up until the Final Four on March 21 in New York City.

Enter your prediction of each round on-line at to qualify for the 2008 NIPAC Winners Contest. 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. The Locker Room is a long page (64 IPA's), but includes vital information for you to make your picks. The deadline for your picks is Midnight, Saturday, February 21, 2009.

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. Be sure to subscribe to our Beer Brackets email newsletter so that we can notify you the moment the results are posted.

We've posted a PDF Bracket to the site as well: 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!

Visit for all the details and to participate. Even though I didn't do well with my picks last year, it was fun to play along. The top prize will be a free case of the 2009 NIPAC championship IPA! Good luck.

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