National IPA Day Is August 1: Where to Get Florida IPA Taps and Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA

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If it were not for the hops plant, there would be no IPA.
There is something you should know about beer: There is a holiday for virtually everything about beer that is celebrated somewhere, somehow. The latest one is National IPA Day, which gives glory to hops, bittering units, and IPAs.

International IPA Day is always the first Thursday in August -- which happens to be this Thursday. Aside from the Florida IPA taps featured at several locations around Broward and Palm Beach counties, some of them will have limited quantities of super-rare Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA available. Before we get into that, here is a brief history on India India Pale Ales.

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India pale ales are relatively new along the timeline of beer history, the story having begun in the 18th Century, when George Hodgson of the Bow Brewery sold his beers to the officers and captains of the East India Co., who shipped them all the way to India.

However, the long journey, temperature changes, and motion of the sea had a particular aging effect on the beer that sailors and colonists loved. It was not until 1856 in an advertisement when the Leeds Intelligencer formally identified the India Pale Ale. Ten years later, IPAs, which typically contained a higher content of hops, were widely brewed.

Only the female flowering cones of hops plants (humulus lupulus) are used and do two things to beer: preserve the beer by warding off spoiling bacteria and stabilize the beer by filtering, adding head retention, and flavoring -- which adds bitterness.

International bittering units (IBU) measure the bitterness of beer. Bittering units for every liter of beer. One IBU contains 1 milligram of acid per liter.

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World of Beer - Coconut Creek

4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL

Category: Music

World of Beer - Wellington

2465 S. State Road 7, Wellington, FL

Category: Music

World of Beer - West Palm Beach

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Music

The Coffee District

325 Northeast Second Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: General

Laser Wolf

901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Riverside Market

608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: General

Big City Tavern

609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

ROK:BRGR Burger Bar and Gastropub

208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Stout Irish Pub

3419 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Parrot Lounge

911 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Whole Foods Market

810 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL

Category: General

Original Fat Cat's

320 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Sybarite Pig

20642 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Music

Park Tavern

32 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tryst

4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Music

Funky Buddha Lounge

2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Music

The Brass Tap - CLOSED

550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

BX Beer Depot

2964 Second Ave. N., Lake Worth, FL

Category: General

Sweetwater Bar & Grill

1507 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL

Category: Music

Barrel & Grain - CLOSED

125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

American Social Bar & Restaurant

721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music


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