The first Thursday in August is the unofficial holiday of that hoppy beer favorite, the IPA. There may come a day when this becomes a nationally recognized day of appreciation with parades and pageantry, paper decorations and paid holiday leave, but until then we’ll celebrate the Indian Pale Ale with a series of parties, blog posts and happy hour specials.
Increasing hops for the celebration of flavor, seems to have taken root in the American Craft Beer movement. Inventive brewers found more and more ways to add those hop flavors and not just to balance sweetness with bitterness, but to celebrate it. Triple hopped, palette wrecking, up-the-IBU beer loving brewers began an Arms Race for the ultimate IPA. A strong counter culture to the mild “smooth” liquid inside those macro cans, this was beer that let you know who was boss. You were drinking it on purpose, not by default, and those hops would kick you in the mouth to remind you that the King of Beers can kiss their ass. The IPA is the poster child for the craft beer movement and a reminder of why it started.
A really great, well crafted IPA is a beautiful thing. It’s worth the search to find one that you love. And then you’ll get it.
May August 2nd, 2013 have even more beer lovers celebrating the IPA.
This is a recipe that will be intensified with an IPA. The hoppyness will be celebrated and fairly strong. If you want to tone it down, you can also use a stout instead, but you should probably wait until after the High Holiday of the High Hop Beer.