Four years now under its belt, Reuben’s Brews has chosen the winner of its annual Hop Idol Homebrew Contest. Earlier this year, a panel of BJCP judges, members of the Reuben’s Brews team, and some of the brewery’s friends from the industry gathered at the brewery to taste through over 100 homebrew entries that were part of the 4th annual Hop Idol Homebrew Contest. Now a winner has been chosen and today the Seattle brewery will release the winning beer in 16oz cans. \
The winning homebrewer is not new to the Hop Idol stage as Alex Kuyper takes home his second Hop Idol Gold Medal. The final judging table selected his New England IPA as the best beer in the bunch. Alex is the first ever two-time winner of Hop Idol, having also taken the top prize in 2018.
This year’s Hop Idol release is brewed in collaboration with Alex, and is based on his winning recipe for “Craig”, and features lots of Riwaka, Simcoe, and Citra hops. This beer is a tropically indulgent hop feast, and we can’t wait for you to try it.
Hop Idol will be available at The Taproom and To-Go Store beginning at Noon on Tuesday, August 25th, as well as online at ReubensBrews.com/Shop for contactless pickup at our To-Go Store in Ballard. Hop Idol 2020 will also hit distribution around the Pacific Northwest in the coming days.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.