National IPA Day Is August 1: Where to Get Florida IPA Taps and Dogfish Head 120 Min 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.
CC Wikimedia/russavia If it were not for the hops plant, there would be no IPA.
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.
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.