Wash…A collegiate football rivalry hits the Seattle grid iron next weekend: Cougars vs. Ducks. Now add the debut of the Hop Cup on Saturday, Sept. 29 at CenturyLink Field. Representing the Washington State University Cougars and the great state of Washington is No-Li Brewhouse from Spokane in its official debut to the western Washington market with its very own Born & Raised IPA.
Representing the Oregon Ducks and the state of Oregon is Ninkasi Brewing Company from Eugene, OR, with its venerable Total Domination IPA.
The rules are simple – the first brewery to kick two kegs between the three pouring locations wins the Hop Cup trophy. The trophy will be held by the winning brewery for the year, until a new challenger comes up at next year’s WSU game at CenturyLink Field.
Both beers will be on tap in the only beer garden inside CenturyLink Field open to all fans, on the east side main concourse level around the 50-yard line, and both of the club level 50-yard line bars on each side of the stadium.
Coincidentally, No-Li debuted in Colorado last week as the CU Buffs head to WSU this weekend.
“Wave the Coug Flag and the Born & Raised spirit of No-Li ales,” said No-Li Brewhouse co-founder John Bryant. “First, Esquire Magazine pairs us with the Seattle Seahawks, and now the first-ever ‘Hop Cup’ pits No-Li’s Born & Raised IPA vs. Oregon’s best. We’ve been hearing stories of No-Li being bootlegged over Snoqualmie Pass to Seattle. Now we get to hand-serve Born & Raised IPA right from the Spokane brewery.”
No-Li produces 22-ounce bottles as well as draft brands in four styles: Silent Treatment Pale, Born & Raised IPA, Crystal Bitter and Jet Star Imperial IPA. For more information, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com.