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24th May 2022

The World’s Greatest Hoppy Beer Competition returns to Europe: Alpha King Challenge 2022 – hosted at London’s Anspach & Hobday Brewery

3 Floyds Alpha King Challenge returns. Hosted with Yakima Chief Hops at London’s Anspach & Hobday Brewery

About the competition

Brewer’s from all over Europe are invited to participate in the quest to determine Europe’s best, most well-balanced and drinkable hop-forward beer.  Judged on one day, cans and bottles of the fresh, bitter, hoppy beer entrants are blind tasted by a panel of international brewers and beer writers. This year precedes the start of the London Craft Beer Festival making it a highlight Thursday 11th August fringe event.

After initial rounds of judging the public are invited into The Arch House, Bermondsey, from 2pm as the final round of judging begins with the winner announced publicly at 4:20pm.

Alongside some serious kudos for having the best hoppy beer, the winners receive a cash prize, goody bags including hops from Yakima Chief and their own indomitable Alpha King Crown. See here.

Interested brewer’s can register here:

Taylor Peterson, Director of Events at 3 Floyds says: We’re thrilled to bring the Alpha King Challenge back to the UK for its second year. A few members of our crew will be heading out to London to try all of the killer European entries, alongside our friends at Anspach & Hobday and Yakima Chief Hops. Since the very first Alpha King Challenge in 1999, it has always been a close race until the end and we can’t wait to see which brew takes the top spot as the 25th winner.”

Luke Kulchstein, Marketing Lead, Europe of Yakima Chief Says: “For over 20 years, the Alpha King Challenge has crowned the best hoppy beer in the US, as judged by the brewers themselves. Bringing the competition to Europe is testament to the quality of the beer being made across the continent and the dedication of the brewers behind them. This is our small way of acknowledging their accomplishments and giving the winner their crown, not to mention a years’ worth of bragging rights.”

Jack Hobday, Co-Founder of Anspach & Hobday says: “We are just honoured to be hosting some seriously hoppy beers at our arch on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. American Brewers, 3Floyds are one of the Godfather’s of US Craft beer and have been an inspiration to us right from the beginning. It is a privilege to be welcoming the best of Europe’s brewing to the world’s greatest hoppy beer competition.”


3 Floyds Brewing Co. is a Midwestern brewery dedicated to crafting a wide and “not normal” range of quality ales and lagers. Since our founding in 1996 by Nick Floyd, we have been brewing uncompromising and full-flavored beers for a range of tastes. With a constant eye toward sound technical brewing practices, we use ingredients from around the world to bring you the best artisanal, innovative, and fresh beers we can.

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As a 100% grower-owned network of family hop farms, Yakima Chief Hops is uniquely positioned to establish strong relationships between the growers who supply our quality hops and the brewing customers who utilise our products in their beers.

Operating for more than 30 years, we have become more than a hop supplier. We are a resource for brewers, providing solutions-based products and industry leading research. We are advocates of sustainability and meaningful social causes, working to support the environment and communities around us. Through our commitment to continuous improvement, we aim to be leaders of innovation, quality and customer service.

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Founded by childhood friends Paul Anspach & Jack Hobday, Anspach & Hobday launched in Bermondsey in 2014. Anspach & Hobday believe beer is about enjoyment and community.

We make traditional beer modern. Best known for our dark beers, perhaps our greatest creation is London Black – London’s original nitro porter.

All of our beers are vegan friendly and made using renewable energy.

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Press release from Anspach & Hobday