August 4th is IPA Day, the one day a year hop heads unite to celebrate one of the most popular beer styles out there…. Actually, let’s face it, that’s everyday. BUT, since 2011, IPA enthusiasts have been paying particular attention to the iconic style on the first Thursday of August.
That means that today your Twitter feed, Instagram, Untappd, and even your neighborhood bar is likely to be a bit hoppier than usual.
Want to celebrate yourself? (Who are we kidding, of course you do!). Head down to your favorite brewery (or just your fridge), and enjoy an IPA to commemorate the day. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to participate.
Even better, bring a friend along for the journey, or introduce someone to the IPA style that might not already be part of the fan club. When you do, snap a picture and share it on your favorite social network with the hashtag #IPADay. That hashtag is also where you’ll be able to see all of the other posts from people around the world.
Not quite sure what to drink? Check out the gallery, above, for a little inspiration.
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It's a presidential election year, which makes Brew Free Or Die from 21st Amendment Brewery especially appropriate. Even better, it's distributed i cans, so it will be easy to take wherever your celebrations happen to take you.
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High Roller from Big Boss Brewing in Raleigh, NC is one of my personal favorite beers in the world, and what I would definitely be having to celebrate the day if I happened to be in North Carolina. If you're in the state, be sure to grab one of these for me, ok?
Big Boss Brewing
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Pliny the Elder by Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, California is one of those IPAs that people travel across the country, sometimes even the world to grab. If you happen to have one of these in your fridge, it's your duty to crack it open for IPA Day.
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Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA is a solid IPA definitely worthy of the day's celebration. If you're trying to convert a non-IPA fan, try the grapefruit or pineapple version.
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Total Domination IPA by Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon is a great brew to "dominate" your #IPADay festivities.
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Terrapin's Hopsecutioner looks like it has a ninja turtle on the bottle. For that reason alone, you should probably pick a bottle of it up. Also, it's a pretty solid IPA, and definitely worth a try if you haven't had it.
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Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA can be a great one to pull out when trying to educate your non-IPA drinking friends about the style. 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped while it's being made, with more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. That's why it's called "60 minute IPA." Tell your friend's that one, and they'll consider you the group expert forever.
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For a long time I used to consider Two Hearted Ale by Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI as my "desert island" beer. It's an awesome IPA that can be perfect to celebrate, even if your celebration just involves you alone on the couch.
Bell's Brewery, Inc
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I once used to buy Founders Double Trouble by the case. Right now we're a little late in the year to find the brew on store shelves. If you happen to come across a bottle (or have one in your stash), today could be a good day to crack it open.
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Epic Brewing Company's Escape To Colorado is an IPA worthy of the day. Escape other beer styles for the day with this one.