Last week, Willamette Week and N.W.I.P.A. assembled a panel of beer experts to pick Portland's best IPA.
The whole project took a crazy amount of work—we acquired a growler of every single IPA made within the city limits over the course of one marathon day. And then we drank them.
Our tasting crew included N.W.I.P.A.'s own Jackson Wyatt, Sarah Pederson of Saraveza, Kyle Stone-Chilla of McMenamins, filmmaker John Lovegrove and N.W.I.P.A's most beloved customer, "Baller Chris" Hanks. Our in-house beer events columnist Parker Hall and his brother John joined in, as did John "Five Loco" Locanthi.
This hardy crew soldiered through an ounce or two of every damned IPA made within city limits. That was 73 in total. We tabulated the results to pick the top 10, and N.W.I.P.A. tracked down kegs of each.
Now, it's your turn.
The 10 best IPAs in the city—there is a zero-point-two percent chance anyone else out there has already sampled all 10—will be on tap this Saturday at N.W.I.P.A. on Southeast Foster Road. The taste-off runs from 11 am to 6 pm.
You get a glass and 10 tokens for $16. That also buys you the chance to vote for the city's best. The Facebook event page is here.
You can also get some grub from Chicken & Guns, which just might be the best new food cart of the year.
We'll announce Portland's best—and worst— IPAs on February 24.