Aug 1: National IPA Day! An excuse to have a drink of your favorite brew.

What is IPA day?

Founded in 2011 by craft beer enthusiasts Ashley Rouston and Ryan Ross, IPA day is a celebration of India Pale Ale, the bitter, hoppy, high-alcohol beer that is super popular in today’s craft beer culture. IPA Day is celebrated at bars, breweries, and beer retailers throughout the world, albeit unofficially.

But wait, what exactly is IPA?

IPA dates back to 18th-century England when breweries started shipping large quantities of pale ale to the growing population of British traders and naval officers stationed in India. The idea was that adding extra hops to a pale ale would increase its alcohol content and shelf life, making it more suitable for long journeys and consumption in a hot climate. At first it was also called things like “pale ale as prepared for India” and “pale export India ale.”

“IPAs have become synonymous with something very hoppy, and modern American IPAs in particular are characterized by bold hops, though historically that flavor wasn’t as strong,” says Megan Saxelby, the manager at New York City specialty beer shop in Grand Central Station, Beer Table Pantry. “It is an identifiable style, because ‘bitter’ is a super identifiable flavor profile.”

A HUGE congratulations goes out to Lexington’s West Sixth IPA for winning the 1st Annual Beeracket (brought to you by our friends at Liquor Barn).

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A HUGE congratulations goes out to Lexington’s West Sixth IPA for winning our 1st Annual Beeracket (brought to you by our friends at Liquor Barn). They have been voted by our visitors to be the Best Beer in Kentucky. I knew this beer would go far in the bracket, and I’m happy to see them take it all the way. If you haven’t visited Lexington, be sure and make the trip and discover their burgeoning beer scene. The IPA isn’t the only good beer they produce. Trust me!

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