Happy IPA Day 2014 – My Top IPAs

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If you’re a regular reader here, then you know that IPA is one of my favorite styles of craft beer.  Single IPAs, double IPAs, Triple IPAs; I love them all and, with today being IPA Day, it makes me wish I’d planned ahead a bit better this year by stocking up on a few of my favorites before the ‘big day’ arrived.  I usually do, but it’s been a busy Summer for me and I neglected to do so this year.  That simply means my 2014 IPA day will be a bit more spontaneous, as I select from whatever IPAs I’ll find on tap once I’m off work this afternoon.

Thankfully, I made sure that I do have at least one bottle at home of Firestone Walker’s Double Jack, which I have verified through repeated blind taste testing is my favorite IPA (Double IPA that is).  Taking advantage of the blind tasting options the past few years at both Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle during their annul IPApril and at Cooper’s Alehouse on Lake City Way during their annual IPA Fest, helped me narrow down what are probably my top 5 IPAs.  No surprise to me, every one of them is a double IPA.  Granted, this list is a bit limiting, even for me.  I do also have several other favorite IPAs that I can either no longer get in this state (Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing, for example), that I don’t find on tap or in stores as often as I’d like or that are considered seasonal (such as Fresh Hop IPAs, for example).

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Hopfest Is Coming Next Week At Brouwer’s Cafe

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for hopheads.  The hop harvest is in, fresh hop beers are starting to appear everywhere, and the annual Hopfest at Brouwer’s Cafe is just over a week away.  This year’s annual celebration of all things hoppy is set to kick off next Thursday, September 26th when Brouwer’s opens their doors at 11:00 AM.  If hops are your thing, then this is the event for you.  Being the hophead that I am, I attend this event every year and I’ve never been disappointed.

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