In honor of IPA Day (August 4), I figured I would write a few words about my favorite style of beer. I remember my first IPA. It was Baltimore’s Clipper City IPA. I remember crispness of the hops and the refreshing flavor on my tongue. Up until that point, I hadn’t really declared a favorite style of beer. But ever since that Clipper City, the IPA has been my favorite.
My top IPAs (in no particular order) that are available presently (alas, some breweries whose IPAs I loved are no longer around. I’m thinking of you, Lobsterback IPA, from the now-defunct Northeast Brewing Company of Boston): Pike Place IPA (Seattle), Victory Hop Devil (Downingtown, PA), Berkshire Brewing Company Lost Sailor IPA (South Deerfield, MA), Kelso IPA (Brooklyn, NY), Six Point Bengali Tiger (Brooklyn, NY) and Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA.
No NYC pub crawl is complete without a quality IPA or three!