An IPA Lover's Guide

Get to know the Northwest's favorite brew; plus, a guide to the area's best beer spots

Young Kwak

When it comes to craft beer, the India Pale Ale still reigns as king. Here in the Pacific Northwest, beer drinkers seem especially keen on the hop-centered style; it's nearly impossible to walk into your local beer stop and not find a multitude of IPA options. Perhaps our IPA love stems from the fact that the Pacific Northwest is home to the Yakima Valley, the region where most of the world's hops are grown and processed. Regardless, trying to select an IPA from the hundreds that are regionally brewed can be overwhelming. Hhere are four local IPAs that we think you'll find hop-a-licious:

Topcutter IPA

Bale Breaker Brewing, Yakima, Wash.

Straight out of the heart of hop country, Topcutter delivers floral and fruity aromas, a big citrus punch in the flavor, and finishes with a crisp, dry bitterness. (6.8% ABV, 70 IBU)

Brick and Steel IPA

Iron Goat Brewing, Spokane

Brick and Steel is Iron Goat's first beer to land in cans. Loaded with Mosaic cryo-hops, this IPA has a big, bright citrus aroma and flavor while still being an easy drinker. (6.7% ABV, 67 IBU)

Tropical Thunder IPA

Black Label Brewing, Spokane

The name doesn't lie with this IPA. Packed full of fruity and tropical flavors and smells, this beer also has a touch of malt sweetness and body that gives it balance. (6.8% ABV, 80 IBU)

Infidel Belgian IPA

Selkirk Abbey, Post Falls, Idaho

For those tired of the standard West Coast IPA, Selkirk's Infidel provides a twist. Its spicy, citrusy hop character is amplified by the fruity aromatics and flavors that are a result of the beer's fermentation with a Belgian yeast strain. (8.2% ABV, 85 IBU)

Beer Bars

Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen

34 taps

Manito Tap House

50 taps

Post Street Ale House

26 taps

Steel Barrel Taproom

30 taps

The Viking

24 taps

Waddell's pub & Grille

48 taps

Steady Flow Growler

House & Tasting Room

43 taps


41 taps at each location

Crafted Taphouse & Kitchen

50 taps