The Buckeye State rocks when it comes to imperial IPAs. Ohio breweries dominated the recently concluded National Imperial IPA Competition, with The Brew Kettle in Strongsville taking home the crown and three of the final four beers hailing from the state.
The annual competition, sponsored by the Brewing News, is run similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament with beers being pitted against each other in a judged tasting until there is only one standing.
The Brew Kettle’s El Lupulo Libre (Editor's note: The beer was spelled incorrectly in this original post. Click here to find out why.) topped Fat Head’s Hop JuJu in the finals. Cleveland’s Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA also made the final four.
Brew Kettle brewer Jack Kephart couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Both events were held simultaneously.
How tough was the competition? Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA — a perennial winner at national events — was knocked out in the first round by Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA.
To see all the results, click here.