Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blitz Ladd Inaugural Brewers Challenge

Last night was the first brewers challenge at Blitz Ladd. Though not too far away, I usually avoid Blitz because I am not a fan of sports bars. But, that being said, we had a pretty good time last night, and enjoyed some great live music from The Insomniacs. The theme for last night's challenge was IPA. The tasting tray was $5 a head, and you got to sample 12 different IPAs. The list was:

Fearless IPA - 5%ABV
Fish Tail IPA - 6.7% ABV
Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker - 7.5% ABV
Eclipse IPA from Bend Brewing Co. - 7.6% ABV
El Torrero IPA from Alameda Brewhouse - 7.1% ABV
Old Salt IPA from Cascade Brewing - 5.8% ABV
Inversion IPA from Deschutes - 6.8% ABV
Grandson of Spot IPA from Full Sail - 6.0% ABV
Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. - 6.5% ABV
Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing - 6.7% ABV
Grifter IPA from Mac Tarnahan's - 6.2% ABV
Hop Stoopid IPA from Lagunitas - 7.7% ABV

The Grifter IPA won the judge's choice award, while the Hop Stoopid won the people's choice award. Our two favorites were the Union Jack, and the Old Salt. Our least favorites were the Fearless, and the Eclipse.
I hope they make this first time challenge a yearly event, it was fun. According to the taster sheet, they are having a Winter Brewers Challenge. Stout?? Hmmm, I hope so. I will be sure to check it out.

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