Thursday, August 2, 2012 is my happy day.
Why? It’s the 2nd annual IPA day! India Pale Ale has now become the fastest growing beer style in America. My thoughts on that statistic? It’s about damn time. I have loved hoppy beers for years. Back in the mid 90’s, very few full flavored beers were available in the SE. I tried my best to share the ones I found with my friends (Rogue I2PA comes to mind), but I eventually realized I was wasting my time and effort. So I kept all the beer for myself. (Hey, I tried.) But now it seems everyone is coming around to my way of thinking.
So what is an India Pale ale? This beer is not from India and it is not pale, at least not when compared to today’s standard American domestic lager. The most popular theory, while a bit of a stretch, at least makes for a good read. The story goes that back in the mid 1800’s, when England was shipping beer to the troops in India, the standard pale ale was unable to survive the long voyage. Since both alcohol and hops are a preservative, the beer meant for India was brewed with more of both. Then one day, shortly after setting sail, a ship headed for India wrecked off the coast of England. Several casks of India Pale Ale washed ashore. This was the first time England had tasted the beer meant for India. And it was good! And the people demanded more! And the IPA was born! (Like I said, it makes a good story.)
It has been said that Terrapin is a hop-head brewery. While we definitely make many other styles of beer (22 different beers in 2012) it is true that most of them tend to be of the hoppier persuasion. Here are a few:
- Hopsecutioner IPA
- Hop Karma Brown IPA
- Easy Rider Hopped Up Session Ale
- Hopzilla Imperial IPA
- Monks Revenge Belgian Style Double IPA
- Big Hoppy Monster Imperial Red Ale
- So Fresh and So Green, Green Fresh Hop Beer
- Rye Squared Imperial Pale Ale
- Hop Shortage Ale
- Hoptaneous Combustion Smoked Double IPA
- Captain Krunkles Black IPA
- Indiana Krunkles Wheat IPA
- And last but not least, the newly released Samurai Krunkles Asian Style IPA with ginger, jasmine rice, jasmine green tea and Sorachi Ace hops. Yum!
There you have it… Terrapin – the brewery that loves our hops. Why? It all began on a fateful day when one of our friends found a message in a bottle on the beach and brought it to Spike. It turns out that message was a beer recipe from a long forgotten IPA brewer known as “Krunkles”. The full story is here!
So how to celebrate IPA day? I’m going to try something completely new. A work associate passed on a link to TheBeeroness.com. Lots of great recipes and ideas for cooking with beer. But I was really intrigued with Jackie’s post on the Brewed Mary. So on Thursday, at the Terrapin Tour, in honor of IPA day, this will be my drink of choice:
How are you celebrating IPA day?