Aug 2 : #IPADay 2012

It’s #IPADay – version 2 – last year was such a great success it, of course, needed to happen again! This year we pay homage to a couple of the non-traditional version of IPAs out there. We start off with a traditional IPA from Speakeasy, Vendetta, and then move on to an Indian Brown Ale, from Dogfish Head, which is a combination of a brown ale, a scotch ale, and dry-hopped like an IPA. Lastly we dive into Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker, a delicious rye Black IPA.

We woo hoo, a lot. Matt has way too many keys, Stephen makes up beers but knows his damn candy bars, John has no respect for the wine world and hates Belgians ..

We talk about the craft beer conversion process, and the road “generally” taken. We’d love to hear your conversion path! Tell us in the comments.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating with The Full Pint with their 5th anniversary party at Naja’s Place on August 10th, and then on August 12th we’ll be celebrating with Blue Palms for their 4th Anniversary, and we’ll be celebrating with Stone Brewing Co for their 16th Anniversary on the 17th ..

Also, Stephen has joined the Dye Hards, and is looking for your support! He’ll be dying his beard red for the event. Show your support here :

On August 25th, Stephen will be at the Great Nebraska Beer festival, and will be hosting a panel of craft beer social media peeps talking about how social media has helped launch the craft beer revolution.

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One Response to Aug 2 : #IPADay 2012

  1. Paul says:

    Here’s a story.

    I sidestepped the Bud/Coors/Corona world completely when it came to “my first beer(s).” The first beer I ever tried, and I was quite young, and so I hated it, was Sam Adams Lager.

    Fast-forward to when I was of-age to buy my own, and quickly became a regular drinker (I was a “good” kid), the first brew that got me “into” beer was Hoegaarden. Loved it. Smooth. Tasty. Heady. I was convinced that the Belgians did beer best. Then years passed and I encountered a lambic. Yuck. At least I think it was a lambic. It was sour. Like sour apples. Bad. Bad bad bad. Not my thing.

    So then I went looking for other flavors to keep on my foreign-only bent. German beer became me. Radeberger, etc. The reinheitsgebot could do no wrong.

    Then I learned about the American varieties. It’s strange that it took me so long to get into domestics. As a suburban east-coaster, only the biggest Pacifics got to where I was. And only some of the biggest could be in the one section of the liquor store’s fridge reserved for “the weird shit you don’t see on TV.” Sierra Nevada. Anchor. Anyone with an Oktoberfest, really. That’s when I started looking up the names that I saw that I was too afraid to try before I researched them. Googled the brands. Compared them on Beer Advocate, wondering which of their beers were their best. So I became a fan of more local stuff for a while. Dogfish. High Point (Rammstein). Long Trail. Peak. I had my favorites and my regulars. I was content with APAs. Then I graduated to IPAs. Very quickly. Sometimes I went back and forth week to week. The bitter ones really appealed. Stouts not so much. Porters were hit or miss for me. And more often miss. Then the space saved for the crafts doubled in size. Then tripled. Hurray.

    And I really have to say, I agree with John, and in fact all you guys. IPAs vary greatly. Not just in good and bad, though it’s tough to really hate an IPA these days. Harpoon is fine. Totally enjoyable. Stone is plain incredible. Victory’s hoppy varieties too. I have yet to have Racer 5, unfortunately. It’s taunting me. It’s also $13. It seems competition and general free-reign when it comes to ingredients and recipes has really let the industry blossom. Which is great. The only downside is the price of the ingredients used. I remember when a six-pack of trusty Dogfish 60 was $8. 8! Several years later, it’s $11. It’ll probably be $12 fairly soon. I digress.

    So I didn’t start drinking IPA or any other craft brew until I was well into my buzz for the Europeans. But I can comfortably say now that American brewers are among the best of the best. Purity laws be damned. As far as where I think new drinkers should start, I don’t know what beer I would recommend anyone new to craft brews who is afraid of the bitterness. Probably not IPA, though. Maybe an IPA for the second or third drink. Perhaps something inspired by the monks first. Perhaps something from Ommegang. Hennepin or Witte. My two cents.