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Which local beer will IPAchieve? Vote now in our March Madness Mash Tun

Around the world, San Diego breweries are known for great IPAs.

But which is the greatest?

This month, Brewery Rowe — ably assisted by San Diego Union-Tribune data-and-beer expert Daniel Wheaton — asks you to select the area’s top IPAs. Between now and March 29, enter our March Madness Mash Tun and brew up a winner.

Rules: Follow The San Diego Union-Tribune on Twitter, follwing the link below to go to the thread of the 16 round-one beers.

May the best beer win!

Kings of Beer

Stick your nose into a can of fruit salad and inhale. That’s the aroma of Relax (It’s Just a Hazy IPA), a year-round offering from Offshoot Beer, a side project from Placentia’s The Bruery.

Weighing in at 6.8 percent alcohol by volume, it’s uber-fruity on the nose and bittersweet on the tongue. Bracing Pacific Northwest hops — Citra, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe — add some piney freshness to notes of grapefruit zest, orange peel and pineapple chunks. Brewers say it’s difficult to keep New England-style IPAs hazy once they’ve been bottled or canned, but that doesn’t appear to be a problem at Offshoot — this IPA was as opaque as your average congressional report.

And far more delicious. That means Relax is this week’s King, sweetly moving aside Chimay Grande Réserve (9 percent). That classic Trappist ale is classy and confident — its time will come again.

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If your favorite San Diego IPAs survived the first round of Brewery Rowe’s March Madness Mash Tun, congratulations — and get back to work!

Room Service

You know how it is. You check into a five-star hotel and then discover — whoa, what sort of flophouse is this? — that your suite isn’t even equipped with beer taps.

Thankfully, that won’t be an issue at the 26-room DogHouse when it opens next year in Scotland. Not only will your in-room taps dispense cold ale, your shower will feature a fully-stocked built-in refrigerator so you can mix your soap suds with your beer suds.

This hotel in the port city of Aberdeenshire is that latest brainchild of BrewDog, the Scottish brewery whose beers include The End of History, a 55 percent gobsmacker with an equally preposterous price: £500 or nearly $700.

Best of the Week, Local (But Thinking Global)

For $30, you can take part in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day today from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Council Brewing, 7705 Convoy Court, San Diego. Co-owner/brewer Liz Chism will guide volunteers through the brewing cycle, making an IPA with a hop blend from the Pink Boots Society. Come hungry — lunch is included.

Can’t break free on a weekday? Check out the International Women’s Collaboration second chance brew day at Second Chance Beer, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Reserve a spot by emailing co-founder Virginia Morrison, virginia@secondchancebeer.com.

Second Chance is at 15378 Avenue of Science, Suite 222, San Diego.

Twitter: @peterroweut

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