‘Jul-IPA’ at Tap & Bottle: A five-week-long IPA tournament bracket

"The Road to National IPA Day"

It’s like March Madness, but with beer, and they’re calling it the “longest, largest, and hoppiest” event the taprooms have ever done. Game on, Tucson.

Both Tap & Bottle locations are kicking off a five-week-long IPA tournament — dubbed as Jul-IPA: The Road to National IPA Day — with the Final Four happening on National IPA Day, Thursday, August 5.

Tap & Bottle North (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tap & Bottle North (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The battle is already brewing so if you want to participate you better hop right on it soon.

Here’s how it works:
  • The first round will be 16 head-to-head matchups
  • Pick a match-up
  • Drink the beers
  • Vote for your favorite.

That’s all you have to do.

Also, you’ll be able to participate in as many matchups as you can — as few as you want, too. The remaining rounds will play out in a similar way, and the Fina Four wraps up on National IPA Day with in-house flight events at both locations.

Tombstone Brewing Company All Aboard the Hype Train Double IPA at Tap & Bottle North (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tombstone Brewing Company All Aboard the Hype Train Double IPA at Tap & Bottle North (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you’re game and are pumped about helping your favorite IPA win it all, print out your bracket online or pick up one at Tap & Bottle Downtown or Tap & Bottle North.

Tap & Bottle shared the following about the voting process on Facebook:

“If you are going to vote, please try the beers. Try not to go off past experiences and have an open mind. Have fun trying the beers. We will post winners of each round online and on the big brackets at each location.”

Therefore, you have two weeks to complete the first-round matchups. Which cold ones are you going to crack open and guzzle down first?

Tap & Bottle Downtown is located at 403 N. Sixth Ave. and Tap & Bottle North is located at 7254 N. Oracle Rd. For more information, follow Tap & Bottle’s Facebook event page.

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