August 1, 2013

National IPA Day

“Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale." - A.E. Housman

It's National IPA Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It usually occurs on the first Thursday of August each year.)

It seems that there are quite a few people who believe National IPA Day is August 2nd. Let's set the record straight: according to both and (a leading authority on all things beer), this food/drink holiday - which was founded in 2011 by beer enthusiasts - is always celebrated the first Thursday in August each year. Obkb?

Now... IPAs, or India Pale Ales, are a style of beer that is heavily dependent on what kind of hop is used in producing it. The beer usually has very floral, fruity, citrus-y, or earthy scents to it as indicative of whatever hops are used. IPAs have been consumed since 1600's England. Unfortunately, as romantic a tale as it is, the idea that the ale was brewed super strong and made with an excessive amount of hops to help preserve it as it traveled from Great Britain to India, is a most likely a lovely myth.

Unfortunately, one of my least favorite types of beer are IPAs. For today, of course, I'll make an exception, and drink one. I'm just not typically a fan of that overly hoppy, bitter flavor - keep your amarillo, centennial, chinnok, Mt. Hood, and sterling. I like my IBU's under twenty, please!

Funny enough, we actually
grow cascade hops at our house!

Now get to drinking! And be sure to tag your adventures today with #IPADay!

Happy National IPA Day!