Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Brewing earns top honors as America’s Alpha King

Huge congrats to 2020 Alpha King champion, Burke-Gilman Brewing of Seattle. It’s not really part of the Great American Beer Festival, but it happens at the same time and the winner is usually announced at the GABF.  (Read our previous post about this year’s GABF winners.) This year the Alpha King winner was Burke-Gilman Brewing of Seattle. The Alpha King Challenge is a competition sponsored by Yakima Chief Hops and Three Floyds Brewing to determine the most well-balanced and drinkable hop-forward beer in America. It is a highly, highly coveted award.

In the 22-year history of the award, this is only the second time a Washington brewery has earned the title Alpha King. In 2006, Boundary Bay Brewery won for its Imperial IPA. Among the other winners of this contest over the years, the likes of Pliny the Elder (Russian River Brewing), Two Hearted Ale (Bell’s Brewing), and 2×4 IPA (Melvin Brewing/Thai Me Up).

Burke-Gilman Brewing also won a GABF gold medal this year. The beer that won the Alpha King award was not the same beer for which the brewery won the GABF gold medal. The Alpha King winner was Hopotheosis, a 7.1 percent ABV New England IPA. The beer that won the GABF gold medal was The Hopsplainer, a hazy Imperial IPA. To be clear, they won two of the most esteemed “hoppy beer awards” for two different beers. Impressive.

sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor

Fresh Hopotheosis — a juicy fresh hop DIPA with Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7, Strata, and Galaxy hops.

2019 – Double Cone Imperial IPA, Alvarodo Street Brewing
Monterrey, California

2018  Fully Adrift Double IPA, Pinthouse Pizza
Austin, Texas

sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor

2017 Thizz is What It Is Belching Beaver,
Vista, California

2016 Headwall Double IPA Tamarack Brewing Co.
Lakeside, Montana

2015 Alpha Force Double Tap Tactical IPA Überbrew
Billings, Montana

2014 Pound Town Triple IPA Belching Beaver,
Vista, California

2013 2 x 4 Thai Me Up,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2012 2 x 4 Thai Me Up,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2011 Poor Man Double IPA Pizza Port,
Carlsbad, California

2010 Poor Man Double IPA Pizza Port,
Carlsbad, California

2009
Hop Vivant Imperial IPA
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery,
Boulder, Colorado

2008
Hop 15 Double IPA
Port Brewing Company,
San Marcos, California

2007
Pliny the Elder Double IPA
Russian River Brewing Company,
Santa Rosa, California

2006
Boundary Bay Imperial IPA
Boundary Bay Brewing,
Bellingham, Washington

2005
Torrey Pines IPA
Oggi’s Pizza and Brewery,
Vista, California

2004
Hop 15 Double IPA
Pizza Port,
Solana Beach, California

2003
Deuce Imperial IPA
El Toro Brewing,
Morgan Hill, California

2002
Moylander Double IPA
Moylan’s Brewing,
Novato, California

2001
Moylander Double IPA
Moylan’s Brewing,
Novato, California

2000
Sockeye Red IPA
Midnight Sun Brewing ,
Anchorage, Alaska

1999
Two Hearted Ale
Bell’s Brewing ,
Galesburg, Michigan

 

sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor
sponsor