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The Friday beer: (Space Needle winner) Pike Brewing's Golden Anniversary IPA

This past Tuesday there was a little competition between 10 of Puget Sound's breweries to see who will brew a special 50th anniversary beer for the Space Needle.

With scorecards and tasting glasses in hand, a packed room in the famous landmark enjoyed the view, sampled beers and chose a winner.

Pike Brewing Company's "Pike Space Needle Golden Anniversary IPA" came out on top.

The room was a buzz as foodies and others in the local craft beer scene came together to taste beers that were specially made just for the competition.

Video from the scene announcing the winner:

Participating breweries were Anacortes Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Fish Brewing, Boundary Bay Brewing, 7 Seas Brewing, Hale’s Ale, Pike Brewing, Diamond Knot Brewery, Scuttlebutt Brewing and Schooner Exact.

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Guest contributor Paul Gibson originally hails from Carlsbad, New Mexico, but he prefers the Northwest’s cooler temperatures and its vast selection of hoppy delicious beers. As a kid, he first started taking photos with an Instamatic of his friends on their BMX bikes. Now he takes photos of beer, breweries and on occasion street photography, events and concerts—minus the Instamatic. You can find more photos and follow Paul on Twitter at @pdgibson.