With the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, Beergarden and Tap & Growler will host the 3rd Annual IPA Bracket Challenge Blind Taste Off, this year featuring “Best Imperial IPA in Oregon”. Each location will host 8 established Imperial IPAs from around Oregon, hand selected by teams comprised of their staff members. Each flight will come with the opportunity to vote on which brews move on to the next stage.
More from the press release:
Each team picked four Imperial IPAs in a round robin style selection process to represent their corner of the bracket. The selection criteria for the Imperial IPAs were readily available year round availability or periodical year round availability, between 8-10% ABV, and highly rated/award winning or staff favorites. All picks had to be available within a few weeks of the event to ensure freshness.
The first week will consist of 4 separate blind tastings from each corner of the bracket. Two taster trays will be available at each location the first week, each tray is hand selected by one Beer-tender-team. The top two beers from each tray will move onto the second week, featuring one flight of four brews at each location. Week three brings the top two beers from each location to BOTH Beergarden and Tap & Growler, making the same final four showdown at each location. The final two beers will go head to head at both locations as 8oz pours Saturday, April 1st, through Monday, April 3rd.
Both locations will have IPA brackets for anyone and everyone to fill out and see who can pick the closest bracket! There will be 3 prize baskets for the winners of this bracket contest.
All taster trays are randomized and blinded. The IPAs, teams and flight entries are:
o Gigantic Ginormous
o Hop Valley Alpha Centauri
o Silver Moon Crazy Horse
o Block 15 Sticky Hands
o Wild Ride Hoptagious
o Ninkasi Velocihopter
o Crux Half Hitch
o Barley Brown’s Head Shake
- Team Nathanael (Tap & Growler)
o Fat Head’s IBUsive
o Plank Town Unobtanium
o Boneyard Hop Venom
o Rogue 8 Hop
- Team Patric (Tap & Growler)
o 10 Barrel Dub
o GoodLife Comatose
o Worthy Imperial IPA
o Pelican Beak Breaker
For more info on
Beergarden. and The Tap & Growler and this event please visit
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When: First round of 16: Thursday, March 16th– Wednesday March 22nd
Second round of 8: Thursday, March 23rd – Wednesday, March 29th
Third round of 4: Thursday, March 30th – Friday, March 31st
Championship round of 2: Saturday April 1st – Monday April 3rd
777 west 6th Avenue Eugene, Oregon
The Tap & Growler
5th and Pearl, Downtown Eugene