Alpha King Challenge

Who will be crowned in a battle of the brews?

Alpha King Challenge

Registration for the 2017 Alpha King Challenge is now closed.

A Battle of the Brews

Since 1999, Yakima Chief - Hopunion, Brewing News Publications and Three Floyds Brewing Company, have been scouring the country for the best hop-laden beers in the land. Named in honor of Three Floyd’s Alpha King Pale Ale, the Alpha King Challenge is an annual competition held during the Great American Beer Festival® and is open to commercially licensed breweries throughout the United States.

Each year, a team of brewers and veteran beer writers test the vigor of 150 hop-forward beers and crown a new Alpha King, deeming his/her beer to be the holy grail of well-balanced and drinkable, yet highly-hopped ales. Entries are judged on overall quality and balance of flavor, and must have a minimum 60 IBUs (no barley wines allowed).

While many will contend, only one will win the crown.

Rules of Engagement

  • All beers must be brewed by, and available for purchase through, a commercial brewery
  • Maximum 2 entries per licensed brewery
  • No Barley Wines
  • Suggested minimum 60 IBUs
  • Entries will be accepted in bottles or cans: (5) 12oz, (4) 16oz or (3) 22oz. No growlers.
  • Once registration is confirmed, shipping information and deadlines will be provided.
  • Competition is limited to 150 entries and registration will close once the limit has been met.

Questions regarding the Alpha King Challenge can be directed to

2017 Alpha King Challenge

Congratulations to Belching Beaver, 1st place winners with their Double IPA!

2nd Place- Sunriver Brewing

3rd Place- Pinthouse Pizza