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It's never too soon to plan for March Madness. We’re not talking hoops; we’re talking hops! And the NIPAC —the ultimate IPA tournament.

Brewing News is thrilled to annouce the 7th Annual National IPA Challenge, and introduce the inaugural National Imperial IPA Championship!

Participating IPAs and IIPAs from across the nation will be randomly chosen for a 1:1 single elimination bracket tournament. Winners of the first round will advance to the next. The complete tournament brackets are posted on-line. The judgings will be held in several locations.The judges will all be brewers and qualified hop lovers.

As with last year, hop lovers will be able to choose their winners for each round on-line. They will log onto the web and read a brief description of your beer as well as view an image (be sure to fill out the description on the entry form, as well as send an image or logo via email). Prizes will be awarded for readers with correct NIPAC brackets. The top prize will be a free case of the championship beers.

Results of each round will be posted on-line within twenty-four hours of each round. Final results and winners will be published on-line and in our April/May 2015 issue.


Beer Arrival Deadline: 2/10/2015 end of day
Round 1- Saturday, February 14-th @ Buffalo, NY
Round 2 - Saturday, February @ TBA
Round 3 - Sunday, March 1st @ TBA
Round 4 - Saturday, March 7th @ TBA

Final Rounds & Championship
Monday, March 16, Buffalo, NY

Get your friends involved! Link to NIPAC!

Beer Lovers and Hop Lovers:
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Hop Lovers: Make Your Predictions, You Could Win!
our on-line Locker Room for full descriptions of each of the competitors: After confirming your age, you will then be able to review the beers and proceed to our on-line contest . Want to know if your favorites advance to the next level? Follow their progress on-line using the link provided in the Locker Room. Winners are posted to the web site within 24 hours of each round. Sign up for Beer Brackets email, and we'll notify you once the results are posted.

Brackets Contest Rules: Only ONE bracket per person in each competition. Multiple entries will result in that contestant being disqualified. All entries must be submitted by the entry deadline—February 15, 2015, 12:00 pm EST/9 AM PST. (Attn. Brewery Entrants: This is the PICKS deadline. Beers must arrive at Brewing News by February 11, 2014.) Winners will be determined by the total points earned from each round. Brewing News employees can enter the contest, but are not eligible to win any prizes.

The Judging Process: Judges are organized into panels of 3, and given the task of choosing the best between two beers. The judges will not know what beers they are being served. The majority rules on the voting.

A steward will serve the panel the two beers (Sample "Alpha" and Sample "Beta"). The beers will be served in clean, small cylindrical glasses. Each sample will be a 3 ounce pour. Once the preferred beer is chosen, the panel will move to the next sample. No panel will judge more than six pairs.

At the completion of the judging session, the names of the beers will be revealed to the panels and audience at large. The winners will be posted to the web site within 24 hours. Good luck!

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