Saturday, October 11, 2008
Port Brewing Hop 15 Takes Alpha King Challenge
A Friday tradition at the Great American Beer Festival is an event called the "Alpha King Challenge." Held in the basement of the Falling Rock Tap House, this event has no formal standing with the Brewers Association, but it attracts serious attention from hop bomb brewers who want to one up the competition when it comes to IBUs.
In the 10th Alpha King Challenge, Port Brewing's Hop 15 captured the glory, beat about 75 competitors from around the country. Hop 15 also won the title back in 2004 and becomes the second beer to have taken the crown twice.
The event is co-sponsored by Hopunion LLC, Brewing News & Three Floyds Brewing Co. The Alpha King Challenge is designed to recognize beers that are extremely hoppy, yet show balance. No barley wines are allowed in the competition and beers should be 60 IBUs or above.
Past Alpha King winners include:
2007: Pliny the Elder Double IPA, Russian River Brewing Co.
2006: Boundary Bay Imperial IPA, Boundary Bay Brewing Co.
2005: Torrey Pines IPA, Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Co.-Vista
2004: Hop 15, Pizza Port
2003: Deuce Imperial IPA, El Toro Brewing Co.
2002: Moylander Double IPA, Moylan's Brewing Co.
2001: Moylander Double IPA, Moylan's Brewing Co.
2000: Sockeye Red IPA, Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
1999: Two Hearted Ale, Bell's Brewing Co.