Friday Night Hangout – India Pale Ale

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Friday, April 3, 2015 will be Craft Beer Nation Friday Night Hangout Episode 152 – IPA.

INDIA PALE ALE is perhaps the most well known style of craft beer.  Or at least it is the one with the most name recognition.  From the dedicated craft beer drinker to the macro beer drinker wondering what this “craft” beer thing is all about, to the hipsters who don’t really know a lot about craft beer but order it because that’s what they feel they should be doing, the IPA is probably the most selected style.

Especially here in America.  The American Pale Ale dominates the craft beer market.  If you brew beer you had better brew an IPA because that is going to be a big seller, if, of course, you brew a good one.

There’s many a history lesson out there about the India Pale Ale.   Born out of the old colonial British Empire this style has morphed into what it is today.  The IPA is another great example of American ingenuity and desire to put our stamp on something that’s been around as long as we have as a nation.

Today, the IPA falls into two main camps:  English IPA and American IPA

English IPA

The English IPA is characterized by a more balanced presence between Hop and Malt and is often little lower in ABV% than the American IPA.  While the hoppy bitterness is there, the caramel malts are right there with it.

English IPA examples:
Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Brewing Co.
Brooklyn East IPABrooklyn Brewery
Harpoon IPAHarpoon Brewery

American IPA

In contrast the American IPA is a big bold beast of a beer.  These are bitter beers with a strong floral or citrus hop character.  The west coast IPA in particular is known for it’s grapefruit and other citrus elements.

American IPA examples:
Lagunitas IPALagunitas Brewing
Sculpin IPABallast Point Brewing
Jai Alai IPACigar City Brewing
Stone IPAStone Brewing
60 Minute IPADogfish Head Brewing


Join us Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00PM Eastern for our live Hangout On Air, hosted on our Google+ Event Page and on our YouTube Page.  Drop us a note here or G+ or YouTube letting us know your thoughts on the IPA.  Do you have a favorite?  Do you hate the style and think it is way over blown?  Has the market just become way over-saturated with IPAs?

We want to hear from you.

You can watch the replay here:

#FNHBeer style: IPA

Editors note: This is for the Single IPA.  Upcoming Episodes 153 and 154 will feature the Double IPA and the Triple IPA



Lagunitas Files and Un-Files Lawsuit Against Sierra Nevada


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What a difference a day makes! Yesterday this was going to be an article about a potential lawsuit by Lagunitas towards Sierra Nevada for trademark infringement. Today it’s a story about…well…that, but also how Lagunitas dropped the lawsuit today.

So here we are. Back to where we all started. The circle of life.

Looking at the Twitter account for Tony Magee (Lagunitas’ founder) yesterday was liking watching a play-by-play of a very long football game. (Did I use that metaphor right? I don’t know much about sports.) Each Tweet gave a little bit more of a clue as to what was going on between the two popular breweries.

The issue was with the branding of Sierra Nevada’s new IPA, Hop Hunter. Lagunitas felt that their trademark had been violated with this packaging. The person Tweeting stated that the issue was not with the letters “IPA,” but with the layout of letters:

Sierra Nevada was quieter on its social media. There was one Tweet regarding the situation, and it pointed to this Facebook post stating that Sierra Nevada has been brewing IPAs since 1981, and that they acknowledge that there will be differences in opinion. The poster stated that “We don’t harbor any ill will toward Lagunitas Brewing and are pleased that we can get back to making great beers.” In a blog post on their site, Sierra Nevada asserted that they “have no interest in [their] products being confused with any other brand.”

So, it seems over. However, the folks over at Lagunitas won’t forget it for awhile: 

While I won’t say it’s the worst day in *my* life, I will say that I hate it when two businesses I love don’t get along. C’mon. Let’s all drink it out.