This week we hear from Beth and her favorite craft beer style...the IPA!
It was about 25 years ago... At that time, there wasn’t much choice by way of beers, and I was mostly drinking Bud Light or Coors Light. But one day a friend had me try Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I figured, "Hey, why not?!" And just like that, Boom! I was hooked!
The piney flavor upfront and spice on the back of my tastebuds had me at sip one...and I was all hopped up from there.
IPAs (short for India Pale Ales) became my favorite style of beer, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve tried the varietals, from West Coast styles like Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker, to the ever popular, Pliney the Elder. Those along with NE Styles like Alchemist's Heady Topper and Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine, just to name a few, along with everything in between.
I have to admit, out of all the varieties out there, I do prefer the west coast. The bitterness, the pine, and the more dank the better. They are truly the number one thing I search for when picking up a beer menu anywhere, and it's only seldom do I find one that I do not enjoy.
As we move forward with our brewery, I cannot wait to see what we can come up with for our IPA, as well as maybe a varietal or two of our own. Maybe what Sierra Nevada did for me, N.E.W. Ales can do for you, change your mind, one beer at a time.