(Seattle – December 29, 2014) The 2nd Annual Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow (Hop Mob) is a two-week celebration of the hoppiest of all Washington-brewed beer styles. This year more than 30 Washington breweries signed up to produce special batches of Triple IPA to pour at a series of events around the Puget Sound region between February 6 and February 21. Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow is produced by First Draft Production and the Washington Beer Blog, on behalf of the Washington Brewers Guild.
The series of events begins with the official Hop Mob Kickoff at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle on Friday, February 6 and concludes with the Hop Mob Finale at Pike Brewing in Seattle on Saturday, February 21. Sandwiched between those dates, five beer-focused bars around the Puget Sound area host Hop Mob Roadshow events. The Hop Mob Kickoff and the Hop Mob Finale will each feature over 30 Triple IPAs on tap—all of the Hop Mob beers. Each Hop Mob Roadshow event features at least a dozen of the beers on tap. Event dates and details are provided below and also on the official website, www.wahopmob.com.
The events showcases Washington-brewed Triple IPAs, perhaps the most boldly hoppy of all beer styles. Typically this style of beer weighs in at more than 10 percent Alcohol by Volume and features profound hop character, whether in the form of bitterness, aroma, or both.
“Triple IPA is a difficult style of beer to master and breweries that do it well are highly revered,” says Kim Sharpe Jones of the Washington Beer Blog, which is helping organize and promote the events. “Some out-of-state Triple IPAs get an enormous amount of attention and cause beer enthusiasts to swoon like preteens at a One Direction concert. Our goal with Hop Mob is to show that Washington’s brewers can produce beers that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any of those ballyhooed, out-of-state beers. Also, it’s a great excuse to drink some really excellent stuff.”
To brew a good Triple IPA, brewers use a substantial amount of malted barley, which provides the elevated alcohol content. To balance-out the malty sweetness and give the beer its requisite hoppy character, brewers rely on substantial quantities of hops. In Washington, hops are more than an ingredient; they’re a way of life. The Yakima Valley produces between 75 and 80 percent of the nation’s hop crop each year and some of the farms are operated by families that have grown hops for four and five generations.
Hop Mob Kickoff
Friday, February 6th, 3:00 PM
400 North 35th Street Seattle, WA 98103
All of the Hop Mob beers on tap.
Available in six-ounce pours or 12-ounce pours.
Also available in flights of three: al a carte, you pick which three you want.
Hop Mob Roadshow Events:
Sunday, February 8th, 1:00 – 4:00
15 Lake Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
Thursday, February 12th, 6:00 PM
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Avenue
North Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday, February 14th, Noon – close
14608 Washington 99
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Monday, February 16th, 2:00 PM – close
Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98136
Wednesday, February 18th,
The Red Hot
2914 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
11:00 AM (all day)
Hop Mob Finale
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
1415 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Check In Opens at 4:00pm
Event Opens at 5:00pm
All Hop Mob beers available. Served “festival style.”
$18.00 Tickets – gets you a sample tray of 6 beers – 4 oz samples of your choice. Admission includes 15% off of Food in the Pub. Extra tokens available for $2 each.
Hop Mob logo by Whitney Maass. https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitneymaass