Win Tasting Flights ($24+): January IPA Challenge @ Hawthorne and 15th Avenue Hophouses | Vote for Oregon’s Top IPA, Win Prizes

We are giving away a pair of tickets to January IPA Challenge @ Hawthorne and 15th Avenue Hophouses. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Wednesday, January 11.


From our sponsors:
5th Annual 2017 IPA Challenge
January 2017
$12 / Person
More info:

Hawthorne Hophouse
4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97214

15th Avenue Hophouse
1517 NE Brazee St., Portland, Oregon 97212

Starts on New Years Day. Open at noon!

If you don’t already know, January is the month we curate a blind taste test of 12 different IPAs.

Take the blind taste test. Win prizes.

Pick your favorite – the most popular beer gets put on all year round at both Hophouses.

Past winners have been – Breakside IPA, Pallet Jack by Barley Brown. RPM by Boneyard (2 yrs). One year Vortex won by a few votes at 15th Avenue but the overall favorite between the two pubs was still RPM.

This is how the 2017 top 12 Oregon IPAs got chosen –

We talked to Hophouse staff and Hophouse patrons over the past month or two about their favorite IPAs. We balanced the list off between four older stalwarts (past winners and customer picks) and included eight new beers, some produced by large breweries and some by small breweries. Some of the beers were write-ins by our customers on an in-store and online feedback survey we conducted over the last month.

  • Culmination Phaedrus
  • Pfriem IPA
  • Barley Brown Pallet Jack
  • Boneyard RPM
  • Golden Valley Bald Peak
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Ecliptic Orbiter
  • Breakside IPA (flagship)
  • Coalition Space Fruit
  • Hop Valley Citrus Mistress
  • Rogue Seven
  • Sunriver Vicious Mosquito

Not only do you pick your favorite (blind), but you correspond the beers you think you know with a list, and the best beer tasters win prizes.

Here is how it works:

You’ll get a flight of 6 IPAs, and a separate list of 6 beers.
You try to match the 6 with a list of 6 beers.
Then you get a second flight, and repeat with a second list.
If you get 10-12 matches right, you get a free mug club membership (sweeeeet!!!).
There will be lesser prizes awarded as the contest progresses.
All lists will be graded on Tuesdays for the prior week.
Cost to enter the contest is $12/person.
Prizes include T-shirts, mug club memberships, growlers, gift cards, etc.

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89 Responses to Win Tasting Flights ($24+): January IPA Challenge @ Hawthorne and 15th Avenue Hophouses | Vote for Oregon’s Top IPA, Win Prizes

  1. Matt Rasmussen December 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    After years of being an IPA stalwart, Inhave found myself migrating more into pilsners and sours. Help me bring IPA’s back with some of the best out there!

    • Crystal January 3, 2017 at 2:47 am #

      I am definitely up for the challenge. I am known as QUEEN IPA in my circles!!!!

  2. Tonya December 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    My favorite event at the Hophouse!

  3. Angela December 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Enjoying a Ninkasi IPA as we speak! Would love to discover what other IPAs people are enjoying

  4. Leanne December 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Beer me!

  5. John December 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Love me some IPAs!

  6. shaylene stewart December 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    I would love to send my other half to this. It’s been a crazy eleven years. Didn’t get to enjoy his birthday this year. This would be a perfect surprise. Cheers.

  7. Chris Webb December 29, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Sounds challenging and fun!

  8. Soco Hernandez December 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    Yes!! Please!

  9. James December 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    I love a good challenge, and tasting IPA sounds like quite a worthy one!

  10. CHRIS A MILLER December 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Please pick me on this one. I Love IPA’s

  11. Karen December 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    Before I spent time visiting Portland (from Calgary) I never drank beer, let alone IPA’s. But after having to visit breweries and drink not great wine, I started to drink beer and found out I was a closet hop head!

  12. Alexandria Margarella December 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    I love IPAs. This sounds like a fun challenge.

  13. jenny December 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    this sounds like so much fun! i love so many of the IPAs listed! it would be great to see if my knowledge translates into successful matches!

  14. Robert December 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Sounds like a great time, drinky drinky!

  15. COLLIN FOSTER December 29, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    Beer you say?

  16. Roger December 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    I used to live in the Hawthorne area as a kid. Ir was a dumpy Ares. Glad to see the current version. Lots of good and beer and entertainment areas. Hop on board to try the Hop challenge. I like lower IBU,s but then again IBU’s aren’t always a perfect bitter indicator. Let the gauntlet be thrown. Challenge accepted.

  17. Dave G. December 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    Yummy, yummy, yummy I’ve gotI IIPA in my tummy!

  18. AJ December 29, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    What?! Yes!!

  19. Jessica December 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    What a hoppy way to ring in the new year!

  20. bobby December 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    Hoppy new year!

  21. Anthony December 30, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    I love blind tastings and this would be super awesome!

  22. Kate December 30, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    OOOOoooo love me some beer tastings. So fun to vote for our favorites. I’m in & my vote goes to _______ ! :-)

  23. Rachel Terry December 30, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    This sounds cool!

  24. Shannon Barber December 31, 2016 at 1:32 am #

    This sounds like a blast!

  25. Victor Jimenez December 31, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

    I love beer and I living in Portland I have grown to love IPA’s. I’d love to bring the wife to this so we could explore even more IPA’s!!! You guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Erika S December 31, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    I would IPA love to go!

  27. panda January 1, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

    challenge accepted!

  28. catie January 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    yummy beer tasting!

  29. Yume January 1, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    I don’t really need an excuse to drink IPAs, but if I did…

  30. Scott January 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    IPA is so refreshing. And the Hop House is refreshing too! I seriously want to try for the Mug Club and this is the perfect venue!

  31. Rosy January 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    IPAs are my favorite, that great hoppy taste! This would be amazing to attend

  32. Kerry January 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Would love to win my Husband a night out!

  33. Kelly January 3, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Would be a great date night!

  34. John January 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Thats all I do is drink IPA’s! This is perfect!

  35. Perry January 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m finally getting my wife to come around and enjoy some IPAs. Would love some help in continuing to nudge her in the right direction ;).

  36. Heidi January 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    Love an good IPA!

  37. Stefanie January 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    As a non-dark beer drinker, this IPA celebration is a nice break in the endless winter stout-ness.

  38. Kim January 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful date night for me and my man!

  39. Amy January 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    IPA’s are the best!

  40. Alethea January 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    This is a fun way to try my favorite IPA’s side by side. Cheers!

  41. Kacy January 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Ooh! This sounds like a fun date night! I want to test my tasting skilllzzzzzz

  42. Cari January 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    This is my jam!

  43. Sylvia t January 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Would love to attend this for my husbands birthday, IPA is his favorite!

  44. David January 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    I regret I have but one liver to give for my country !

  45. Dan Korpenfelt January 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    I like beer.

  46. Ben January 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Who doesn’t love a good IPA?!?!

    • Erin January 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      This list looks delicious! I have never tried a blind taste test before,but would love to give it a whirl. This would be an awesome surprise for my partner’s birthday; she adores so many of the beers on this list and I know she would be stoked to try the others! Thank you for the chance to win!

  47. Phoebe January 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    Before moving to Portland I was not a fan of beer at all. I was only exposed to Coors, Miller and that general type of beer. Since I moved here though I have found a love for all that Oregon breweries have to offer. My partner and I make it a point to try new ones every chance we get. His birthday is on the 28th and it would be awesome to take him to try some new brews at a place we haven’t been before!

  48. Ashley January 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    This would be the perfect event to take my IPA loving father to!

  49. Jamie January 3, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Beer is my world!

  50. Valerie skala January 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    IPA and MEE.. oh how happy I will be
    Sipping suds
    Sniffing hops
    And hopefully..(holding my we?!)

    What a fun time!!

  51. Sam January 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    My friends and I did a IPA blind taste test bracket recently. It was so much fun! This would be great to put our palettes to the test again!

  52. Katie January 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    One of the first things I did when I moved to Portland was this… and I’d love to do it again!

  53. Emily January 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    I love IPAs. This would be so much fun!

  54. Alan January 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    IPA’s are the bomb.

  55. Jodi January 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm #


  56. Conner Kuehl January 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    Because I’m a professional at these kind of things

  57. Shannon January 5, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    This is my kind of event. I am a beer nerd, and I’m proud!

  58. Ryan January 5, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    I’ll just echo the words of Homer Simpson… “mmm…beer”.

    Sign. Me. Up!

  59. Danielle C January 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    My response in poem form:

    Roses are red,

    Beer is great,

    Poems are hard,


  60. Emily January 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm #


  61. Cassidy January 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Ooohhh!! My boyfriend has given up coffee for the month, and he’s struggling… I think the only way I’ll get him to survive the month is with his favorite thing: IPAs! Not sure if the contest is over yet or not… but if not, please let my boyfriend have some beer to cure his withdrawals!

  62. Heidi O January 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Love this challenge!

  63. Michelle pelletier January 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Yum!! Beer me please!
    Cheers! :)

  64. CHRIS January 5, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I love IPA’s and I have a friend who works for the Oregon Beer Growler Magazine. Let me take him.

  65. Peter January 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Sounds yummy! Yes please!

  66. Michael Nelson January 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    This sounds so cool, I have never done a tasting challenge before. Would be a fun way to start off the new year. And who doesn’t love a good IPA

  67. Matthew January 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

    I Prefer Ales (IPA)

  68. Rose January 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    I think I can…I think I can…I think I can…

  69. Kiana A January 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    IPA challenge accepted!! Let’s do this!

  70. Mikey B January 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    One of my favorite events at one of my favorite establishments. Pick me!

  71. Katie January 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    I want this! Oh my gosh this would be so much fun!

  72. Carol W January 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    My hub loves IPA, hope to win.

  73. Mark January 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Great choice of IPAs, just try and drink them, and then match them. Sweeeeeet!

  74. doug January 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    Me likey IPA!!! Nom nom nom!

  75. Aaron January 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    I didn’t see any Budweiser…. I thought PDX was a beer town

  76. Heather Hash January 6, 2017 at 5:05 am #

    January is a good month-the month of IPA!!

  77. Corey January 6, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    A little IPA goes a long way.

  78. Cara January 6, 2017 at 8:19 am #

    I like prizes, and I love IPAs.

  79. AJ January 6, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    All of the things.

  80. Lauren Achée January 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    My partner is a hella IPA lover and really needs a night out! Would love this!!!

  81. Naomi January 6, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    I would like to win this as a surprise for my hubby, who would be tickled pink to attend!

  82. Katie January 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    Pallet ready and pencil sharpened. Please pick me so I can pick the best ipa!

  83. Nadira Austricia January 9, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    In honor of my beer geekery, exploring this new blind test experience would be plain lovely, especially tasting the mellowing modern IPAs. It was love at first sip when I first turned legal. IPAs have rewired my drinking palate, and now I want more, I sought for heftier doses of bitterness and booze. Hopefully by winning the ticket, Hophouse will gloriously intensify my love for craft beers.
    RPM and Breakside IPA has been the go-to beer on my night outs, so I believe I could contribute into voting the best IPA of the year! Plus, the guessing game to win prizes is super exciting to me!!

  84. Patrick January 9, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    I like IPA!

  85. lauren scher January 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Me please!!

  86. Ever Acosta January 14, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    Just moved here from California and I can’t get enough IPA’s! I have seen what Cali can do, and now I would love an opportunity to see Oregon’s best.

  87. 503Geek January 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    Come on is there anything better?

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