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 alphaking@ychhops.com.


2017 Alpha King Challenge

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


2nd Place- Sunriver Brewing

3rd Place- Pinthouse Pizza

TO VIEW THE COMPLETE ALPHA KING CHAMPION'S VIDEO PLAYLIST, CLICK HERE.