Thursday, August 06, 2015

Utah IPA Day 2015

Today we celebrate one of the most iconic beer styles to come out of the craft beer movement - the IPA. The India Pale Ale was born out of necessity in the late 18th Century and actually shares no characteristics with Indian culture or it's agriculture. Basically it was the answer to the problem of providing beer for citizens and soldiers of the British Empire in the east. It was too hot to brew in India, so what was needed was a beer that could survive the grueling six-month journey from Britain without spoiling. In the 1780s, the Hodgson Brewery in London answered the call by sending out a strong, heavily hopped beer called October ale that would normally be aged like wine before drinking. The beer not only survived the journey, but was found to have improved immeasurably. This was the prototype IPA; the beer gradually became paler and more refreshing to suit the hot and humid Indian climate. Now it's one of the most popular beer styles in the world.

Today you're tasked with the sacred responsibility to consume at least one India Pale Ale and remember the hard work that helped get it into your glass. I've spent precious minutes compiling an incomplete list of events and locally available IPA's for you to choose from.

Uinta Brewing is giving away free Hop Nosh IPA glassware while supplies last at their new brewhouse pub. Also, enjoy $3.00 Trader IPA bottles all day. Open 11am - 8pm.

Epic Brewing will be offering their Hopulant IPA in growler for the first time today in SLC. The growlers pre-packaged (not filled on demand) and will sell until their gone.

Here's your local list, which one you gunna have?
2 Row Accelerator IPA
2 Row Random DIPA
Annex Single Hop IPA
Anchor Liberty Ale
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA
Aztec Hop Serpent 
Ballast Point Even Keel
Ballast Point Sculpin
Big Sky IPA
Black Diamond Hoptah
Boulder Hazed
Boulevard Double Wide IPA
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Deschutes Pine Drops
Epic Hopulent
Epic Imperial IPA
Epic Spiral Jetty IPA
Firestone Double Jack IPA
Firestone Union Jack IPA
Full Sail IPA
Full Sail Bump in the Night
Hop Rising IPA
Kona IPA
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Maximus
Lagunitas IPA
Moab Jonny's IPA
Moab Black IPA
New Belgium Ranger IPA
Ninkasi Tricerahops
Park City Brewery Last Pitch IPA
Payette IPA
Pelican India Pelican Ale
Pyramid IPA
Red Rock Elephino DIPA
Rogue Brutal IPA
Roosters Hellavation IPA
Samuel Adams IPA
Samuel Smiths IPA
Sierra Nevada Torped
Sierra Nevada Estate
Shades of Pale MisDirected IPA
Sockeye IPA
Squatters IPA
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride IPA
Uinta Detour Double IPA
Uinta Hop Notch IPA
Uinta Dubhe
Uinta Trader IPA
Upslope IPA
Vernal Anyday IPA

I know there's a lot more out there than this, please enjoy your day and tell us what you're drinking!

Cheers!

3 comments:

eogtr21 said...

Is this actually an officially decreed thing, or was it more that someone, or a few people thought it would be fun, and the idea caught on?

Mikey said...

Eogtr21 This link has the info you need. Prost!

http://www.craftbeer.com/news/ipa-day-returns-thursday-august-6

Diamond Mind said...

Might be able to get through that list...