POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Welcome to Coaltrain's 2020 IPA Madness - the SLAM DUNK of our Beer Events!
IPA Madness is the most anticipated event of the year in the beer department; a series of blind IPA beer tastings, set up in a tournament format, modeled after the NCAA Basketball Tournament that takes place every March.
Our 64 top-selling IPAs are seeded into FOUR regions based on their sales in the last six months. This year, the four regions are:
1. Region "I" | 2. Region "P" | 3. Region "A"| 4. Region "MADNESS"
All regions are seeded based on 2019 purchasing popularity of each IPA
HOW IT WORKS:
Once the seeds are determined, a series of tastings will be held in the Coaltrain tasting room to determine which beers will 'win' and move on in the tournament. All the match-ups are randomly numbered to assure the tasting is as "blind" to the participants as possible.
Participants will sit down in front of two unknown beers poured out in front of them, then will smell and taste the samples to determine which one they think is the superior beer. They will mark their choice on a score sheet and move on to the next match-up.
All the scores from the participants will be totaled, and a winner is determined. That winner moves on to face another winner from the adjacent match-up in the tournament bracket (see below). Individual session results are listed further below for those playing along.