National IPA Day: because there’s no better way to celebrate a Friday than with a tasty holiday.
Started in 2011 by the Colorado-based Brewers Association (geniuses that they are), National IPA Day is celebrated every August 1 by people raising a frosty bottle, can or mug of deliciously hoppy, citrusy goodness. IPA, or India Pale Ale, is one of the most popular styles of beers served, originally brewed in England in the 1800s.
Finding an IPA is easy; finding a good IPA can be more difficult, especially for those whose palates pucker at hops. However, when you get out to celebrate this holiday tomorrow, here are some of my recent favorites that I’ve been imbibing.*
Crank Yanker IPA
Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista, CO
7 Hermits Brewing, Eagle, CO
Freaky Fish Belgian Double IPA
Telluride Brewing Company, Telluride, CO
Emotional Release Double IPA
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Edwards, CO
IPA & A Half
Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO
Now, I want to clarify–these are not my end-all, be-all favorite IPAs. I have way too many to talk about. However, they are a few of my recent favorites that I’ve been sampling.
If you happen to be in the area, head to Crazy Mountain Brewery tomorrow for their National IPA Day celebration. Taking place from 11 a.m. (whoo hoo!) – 8 p.m., $15 will get you two pints of Hookiebobb IPA and a tshirt. There will also be a fish fry and live music from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
*Yes, these are all Colorado beers and may not be readily available in your area. The best way to remedy this is to come to Colorado.