March Madness IPA Blind Taste-Off Challenge in Eugene

Eugene, Oregon beer bars compete in the March Madness IPA Challenge, you decide the winner.

Press release: Each year, the teams at beergarden, Tap and Growler and PublicHouse duke it out to see who drafted the best IPA.  This year’s event will feature Eugene’s IPAs.  The breweries decided which IPA to enter in the competition, some are hazy and some are West Coast style, all between 6-8% ABV.  Your vote decides the favorite.  

More from a press release:

The 3 week event features 4 blind flights of four, 2 flights at beergarden and 2 at Tap & Growler, comprising the Sweet 16 IPAs. The four corners of the bracket represent the 4 teams from beergarden, Tap & Growler and PublicHouse. You’ll have two weeks to taste all 4 flights and cast your vote for the tastiest brews in a blind taste off from March 18- March 29th.

The Final 4 will take place at PublicHouse March 30th through April 5th. The favorite IPAs from the original Sweet 16 will move on to the final 4, and the voting will conclude on April 5th. The votes will be tallied to reveal the winner.

Pick up a March Madness 2020 Passport at any of the 3 pubs, and try each one of the flights to receive a stamp. Once you’ve completed the entire flight series, turn your passport into PublicHouse. You’ll be entered to win one of 4 raffle packages, including gift certificates to the pubs and food purveyors!

Flights Available at beergarden. 

  • Team Beergarden Flight
    • Oakshire- Reclaim the Fame
    • Ninkasi- Prismatic
    • Elkhorn- Bracket Buster IPA
    • Gratitude- On the Request Line
  • Team Beer Hall Flight
    • Hop Valley- Bubble Stash
    • ColdFire- Kite String
    • Claim 52- West Side
    • McMenamin’s High Street- Grandma Betty’s Quilted IPA

Flights Available at Tap & Growler.

  • Team Tap & Growler Flight
    • 3 Legged Crane- 3 Legged IPA
    • Plank Town- Lost City IPA
    • McKenzie- W. 6th Springtime IPA
    • The Wheel- Haze Your Face IPA
  • Team Whiskey Lab Flight
    • Manifest- For the Belt IPA
    • Falling Sky- Pub Life IPA
    • Viking Braggot- Hazy Northwind IPA
    • Long Timber- Stump Hopper

For more information on beergarden, Tap & Growler, PublicHouse and this event, please visit: and and and

When: Wednesday, March 18th through Monday, April 6th, 2020
Where:  beergarden, 777 W. 6th Avenue, Eugene’s Whiteaker Neighborhood / Tap & Growler, 207 E. 5th Avenue, Downtown Eugene / PublicHouse, 418 A Street in Downtown Springfield

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