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The Little Fleet to Host Second Annual TC Ale Trail™ IPA Challenge

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November 5, 2015
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm


The Little Fleet
448 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI United States
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 TC Ale Trail™ and Create TC are happy to announce a new inaugural IPA Challenge to be hosted at The Little Fleet in Downtown Traverse City on Thursday, November 5th.
The IPA challenge is a local competition between 10 Traverse City breweries. Each brewery will produce their “Best IPA” and submit it for the event. Two-hundred beer lovers will have the opportunity to get tickets and be a judge to choose their favorite brew. All tasting will be blind. Ticket holders will know the description of the beer, ABV, and other facts, but the brewery will remain confidential. At 9pm an awards ceremony will take place and the breweries will be revealed to the public. The winning brewery will take home a trophy and the privilege of saying their brewery has “The Best IPA in Traverse City.”
Troy Daily, co-founder of the TC Ale Trail™ is excited about the event. “Paddle For Pints, a brewery pub crawl via the Boardman River to six breweries was a huge success. I wanted to create another event that would join the local breweries together in one venue and event, and what better place to do it than at The Little Fleet.”
All 10 Traverse City breweries are participating in the event including: The Filling Station Microbrewery, The Workshop Brewery, Brewery Ferment, North Peak Brewing Company, Old Mission Beer Co. at Jolly Pumpkin, Brewery Terra Firma, Right Brain Brewery, Bravo Zulu Brewing and Beggars Brewery. Rare Bird Brewpub also has a limiting license and will be collaborating with The Filling Station Microbrewery to brew an IPA just for the event.
New this year, there will be limited VIP tickets available. These tickets will entitle you to a seated area, table-side service, snacks, pallet cleansers, a meal, ability for discussion and more.
The event will start at 5:30pm on Thursday with the last ballots being handed out around 8pm. The unveiling of breweries and awards will be presented at 9:00pm. Winner is based on total number of votes. Mike Moran will be Master of Ceremonies.
Ticket prices will be $30 in advance and only 200 tickets will be available. Ticket price includes: custom taster glass, 10 sample tickets (1 taste per beer), description and rating sheet, $5 food token for LTO food truck and one voting ballot. Additional tastes can be purchased for $1-$2 and pints will also be for sale. VIP Tickets will be $50 and will include reserved seating, table-side service, snacks and all of the general ticket amenities.
This year’s event is sponsored by MI Local Hops, Michigan Hop Alliance and Drink My Brewcast.
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit TheLittleFleet.com or MyNorthTickets.com. Tickets are also available in person at The Little Fleet while they last.
For more information about the TC Ale Trail™ IPA Challenge, please email Troy at [email protected], call231.288.7676 or call The Little Fleet at 231.943.1116. If you are interested in sponsorship please email Jeremy Smith at [email protected] or call 517.320.0020.


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