Westbrook shoots to be Top of the Hops


It seems as if March brings out the bracketologist in a lot of people. Whether it’s basketball or beer, everyone’s throwing their two cents into who’s the best of the best, whittling down the competition until a champion is crowned.

The other day, I wrote about how Thomas Creek is the only brewery representing South Carolina in DRAFT Magazine’s Beer Bracket 2013. And now, Westbrook is South Carolina’s sole representation in another bracket-centric competition: Paste Magazine’s Top of the Hops IPA Challenge .

The online music magazine, which already does pretty good coverage of the craft beer culture, is pitting 64 American IPAs against one another and going through the surely unrewarding task of blindly tasting every one of them. (Side note: Can I get paid to do that?) Like the NCAA tournament, the beers are broken up into regions: Northwest, Southwest, Northeast and Southeast. Geography be damned, however, as the Southeast region – which includes Westbrook – stretches from Maryland to Texas.

In the first round, Westbrook IPA is pitted against Abita Jockamo IPA. If they make it to the second round, they’ll face either Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA or Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA.

You can view the full bracket here. No word on when the first round of Southeast results will be posted, but get your hop-shaped pom-poms ready.


One thought on “Westbrook shoots to be Top of the Hops

  1. NC beer has some tough second-round matchups. Mother Earth Sisters of the Moon against Cigar City Jai Alai? Yeesh.

    All the same, this actually seems like a great idea to keep tabs on a bunch of IPAs. I don’t think I’ve had a lot of these, so it’ll be great to read about them, at least.

    Cheers to living vicariously!

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