Ninety-three beers. That was the number of brewed beverages submitted for judging during the 2010 Alpha King Challenge, hosted byFalling Rock Taphouse
, 1919 Blake Street. Crowds gathered in the basement as the judging took place, tasting what they could of the line-up.
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The contest pits beers against each other in a blind tasting extravaganza, from which a team of judges select their favorites, based on overall quality and balance. The only stipulation? The beer has to be hoppier than average, but it can't be a barleywine.
Last year, Boulder brewer Mountain Sun (this week's Cafe review) took the prize for Hop Vivant, a surprisingly smooth double IPA with the ripping bitterness characteristic of its beer type.
This year, though, southern California-based Pizza Port claimed the top honor, landing the first and second place spots.
An omen of what's to come in GABF judging? Pizza Port can only hope.