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IPA Month

January 1, 2016 - January 31, 2016

beer tasterJanuary is IPA Month at the Hophouses!

As usual, we will curate a blind taste test of 12 different IPAs. Pick your favorite – the most popular beer gets put on Tap One all year round at both Hophouses.

Past winners have been – Pallet Jack, Barley Brown. RPM, Boneyard (2 yrs). Vortex, Fort George.

This is how the Top 12 Oregon IPAs got chosen –

We talked to Hophouse staff and Hophouse patrons over the past month or two about their favorite IPAs. We balanced the list off between some old stalwarts like Workhorse and some new breweries called Drinking Horse (notice the NE Portland Horse theme, in case you missed it). We eliminated some of the beers we usually use because they didn’t do as well in years past. Admittedly, there are forty or so IPAs in Oregon that could have been on this list.

So the beers chosen this year (in random order) are:

  • pFriem IPA
  • Ex Novo Eliot IPA
  • Boneyard RPM
  • Breakside IPA
  • Buoy IPA
  • Barley Browns Pallet Jack
  • Gigantic IPA
  • Crux Cast Out IPA
  • Laurelwood Workhorse
  • Ft George Vortex
  • Double Mountain Hop Lava
  • Drinking Horse IPA
Not only do you pick your favorite (blind), but you correspond the beers you think you know with a list, and the best beer tasters win prizes.
Here is how it works:
You’ll get a flight of 6 IPAs, and a separate list of all 6 beers including the hop varietals used in each, as disclosed by the brewers. You may get to smell-test some dried hops. You try to match the 6 with a list of 6 beers. Then you get a second flight, and repeat with a second list.
If you get 10-12 matches right, you get a free mug club membership (sweeeeet!!!). There will be lesser prizes awarded as  the contest progresses.
All lists will be graded at the end of each week. You’ll learn how many you got right, and if you earned a prize.
Cost to enter the contest is $12/person. Prizes include tshirts, mug club memberships, growlers, gift cards, etc.



January 1, 2016
January 31, 2016
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