about alpha king challenge

Since 1999, the Alpha King Challenge has crowned the most well-balanced and drinkable beers with 60 IBUs or more — the top IPAs and DIPAs on the market. Founded by Yakima Chief Hops and 3 Floyds Brewing, the competition is named for 3 Floyds’ flagship Alpha King American Pale Ale. Past winners include some of the biggest names in craft beer, including several of the best beers in America, according to a Zymurgy magazine survey. The Alpha King Challenge is limited to commercial brewers and is judged by a team of brewers, industry experts and veteran beer writers.

THE RULES

The purpose of the Alpha King Challenge is to determine the most well-balanced and drinkable hop forward beer. The competition includes but is not limited to IPAs and DIPAs. The only rules that apply are as follows:

  • Beer entries must be 60 IBUs or greater
  • Submitted by a licensed commercial brewery
  • Only one entry per brewery (not brewery location)

The competition is limited to 150 entries, which are fulfilled on a first-come basis. Historically, spaces fill up quickly so brewers are encouraged to plan ahead and submit their registration as soon it is open.

Each year the competition is typically held the Friday of the Great American Beer Festival at Rock Bottom Brewing in Denver, CO. However, we value the health and safety of our global communities and, in light of COVID-19, this event will not be held in person this year.

 

COMING SEPTEMBER 2021

For 2021, the competition will be held virtually from the Yakima Valley with an official LIVE stream announcement of the winners. Tune in to see who is crowned the next Alpha King! Live Link / Date coming soon.

During the competition, all beer entries are judged by a selected team of brewers, industry experts and veteran beer writers. The competition follows a series of elimination rounds to determine a list of top finalists as well as three placed winners. The first-place winner receives the Alpha King crown and a sponsored video.

Head to www.AlphaKingChallenge.com for more details and to sign up

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FINALISTS AND PARTICIPANTS AT THIS YEAR’S ALPHA KING CHALLENGE!

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