Heart of Cascadia began in 2013 as a style competition focused on "Cascadian Dark Ale" and "Northwest Red Ale" - two styles who have taken root in the Pacific Northwest. Now we are doing things a little differently! We are looking for homebrewers to expand their IPA horizons and add a little color! We are embracing the new 2015 style guidelines and opening up the competition to the entire "American IPA" and Specialty IPA" category. Our hope is to receive dozens of entries from all the IPAs outlined below.

American IPA: A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American pale ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through.

Black IPA (Cascadian Dark Ale): The hop character of an IPA combined with the dark color of a porter. Roast character from the dark malts can be present but much more subdued than a stout or porter, the hops still take center stage. Local examples include Deschutes Hop in the Dark, Widmer Pitch Black IPA. 

Red IPA (Northwest Red Ale): Malty flavors of an American Amber blended with the hop characters of an American IPA. Deep red color from darker malts along with slight toasty or dark fruit flavors. Strong hop presence distinguishes this beer from an Amber. Local examples include Hopworks Rise Up Red, Laurelwood Red Elephant. 

Brown IPA: A hoppier version of an American Brown Ale. Retains the light body and drinkability of an IPA without getting too heavy or sweet. Some fruity and toasty malt character will be present and accent the hops. Examples include Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. 

Belgian IPA: An IPA made with Belgian yeast to add fruity, spicy character. Belgian examples tend to be hoppier versions of a Tripel or Belgian Pale Ale. Examples include De Ranke XX Bitter, Stone Cali-Belgique, Piraat Triple Hop. 

White IPA: An IPA brewed in the style of a hoppier Belgian Wit with the additions of wheat to the grain bill and sometimes spices and orange peel. Lighter in color and body than a traditional IPA and sometimes hazy from the wheat. Local examples include Deschutes Chainbreaker. 

Rye IPA: Traditional IPA with the added dryness and spicy notes of 10-20% Rye Malt added to the base malt bill. Examples include Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.

In addition this year, we will be expanding the competition to accept IPAs that fall within the following categories: 

12C English IPA: A hoppy, moderately-strong, very well attenuated pale British ale with a dry finish and a hoppy aroma and flavor.  Classic British ingredients provide the best flavor profile.

28 American Wild Ale: Essentially specialty beers where the styles are defined only by the use of specific fermentation profiles and ingredients.  They are influenced by microbes other than traditional brewer's yeasts.

29 Fruit Beers: Made with any fruit or combination of fruit.  A harmonious marriage of fruit and beer.

30 Spiced Beers: A harmonious marriage of spice/herb/vegetable and beer, but still recognizable as beer.  The spice/herb/vegetable character should be evident but in balance with the beer, not so forward as to suggest an artificial product.

32 Smoked Beers: A smoke-enhanced beer showing good balance between the smoke and beer character, while remaining pleasant to drink.

33 Wood Beers: Specialty beers with a wood-aged character, with or without added alcohol character

35 Special Category: Session IPAs: Specifically for IPAs with an ABV of 5% or less, maintaining flavor and hop-forward character while remaining easy to drink.


If you are interested in judging

contact competition@oregonbrewcrew.org or 

register and sign up on the website.

Best of Show winner will have an opportunity to brew their winning recipe at Labrewatory and receive 2 tickets to Crosby Hop Farm's invite only annual Harvest Party in September!  Runner-up and 3rd place Best of Show will receive prize packages from Crosby Hop Farm, including hops and swag!

Congratulations to 2017 Best of Show

 Sander Hoekstra with his White IPA, WIT IPA

Runner-up Adam Lund with his Double IPA, Mosaic Hop Bomb
Third place Jason Barker with his Too Expensive American IPA

Many Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors!


And GrowlerWerks for their donation of a uKeg!

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