THE BITTER BATTLE TO BREW THE

WORLD’S BEST HOPPY BEER.

THE BITTER BATTLE TO BREW THE

WORLD’S BEST HOPPY BEER.

What Is

Alpha King

The history of the Alpha King Challenge dates back to more than two decades ago, when hop and brewing industry veterans Ralph Olson and Bill Owens shared the idea of finding the hoppiest beer in America. Ralph Olson was the original owner and general manager of hop supplier Hopunion, which eventually evolved to form Yakima Chief Hops. Bill Owens was a brewer at Buffalo Bill’s Brewery and the publisher at American Brewer Magazine. He is also credited for creating the first craft IPA in 1987.

The

Rules
Rule 1: COMMERCIAL BEER ONLY.
All beer must be brewed by, and available for purchase through, a commercial brewery.
Rule 2: ONE ENTRY PER BREWERY
All competitors are limited to one entry per licensed brewery, not per brewery location.
Rule 3: NO BARLEY WINES
Rule 4: 60 IBU MINIMUM
Rule 1: COMMERCIAL BEER ONLY.
All beer must be brewed by, and available for purchase through, a commercial brewery.
Rule 2: ONE ENTRY PER BREWERY
All competitors are limited to one entry per licensed brewery, not per brewery location.
Rule 3: NO BARLEY WINES
Rule 4: 60 IBU MINIMUM

How To

Compete

How To

Compete
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, the 2020 event was not held in person this year.

In 2020, the competition was held virtually at 3 Floyds Brewery with an official LIVE stream announcement of the winners on Oct 16th at 4pm CDT.

During the competition, all beer entries were 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

How to compete:
  • Register beginning August 2021
  • Registration will be limited to 150 entries.
  • ONE ENTRY PER BREWERY, not per brewery location.
  • Either bottles/cans: 6 x 12 oz, 4 x 16 oz, or 3 x 22 oz (no growlers)
  • Include one copy of your registration confirmation in your shipment.
  • Late entries may be disqualified.

2021 shipping details to be determined

The Reigning

King

The Reigning

King

KENNETH TREASE

BURKE-GILMAN BREWING | FRESH HOPOTHEOSIS DIPA