According to Craftbeer.com, IPA Day was founded in 2011 as a world-wide social media movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers and brewers. People, not corporate marketing at it’s best!
It’s rumored that one of the first breweries to export beer to India was England’s Bow Brewery. It’s thought that hops were added to the beer as a preservative to drinkability after the long journey by boat to India. One historian, Martyn Cornell, has reported that beer in this “IPA” style was being brewed in England ahead of the India exports.
However it really came to be, hopping up beer has taken us by storm today. We now have several derivatives of IPAs, including IPLs, APAs, DIPAs, IIPAs, TIPAs (triple), and my new favorite, IPPB (pale bock – see Wisconsin Brewing Co. Betrayale). It’s getting be a dilemma to make a choice at the liquor store, or the pub, but they keep coming.
In no particular order, here are the 10 best IPA releases to look for…if you can find them: