International India Pale Ale Day is observed on the first Thursday in August. This year, it falls on Thursday, August 4th (this Thursday). I have not yet heard about a lot of breweries or bars planning to celebrate the occasion. I suppose that for a lot of breweries every day is IPA day. One local brewery reached out to me about its plans: Lagunita Seattle Taproom & Beer Sanctuary. I share that info below, but first…
Craft beer enthusiasts, beer bloggers, and brewers around the world created IPA Day as a way to celebrate the remarkable popularity of this one style of beer. IPA is rightly described as the engine that drove craft beer’s remarkable growth over the past decade.
In the USA alone, the number of craft breweries skyrocketed from 1,800 in 2011 to 9,200 in 2021. Unless you aren’t paying attention, you do not need me to tell you that the popularity of IPA during that same time frame also grew by leaps and bounds. Hands down, it is now the most popular style of craft beer.
Do you doubt it? According to the Brewers Association, IPA accounts for 40 percent of all craft beer. Think about that. There are dozens of different styles of beer ranging from Porter to Pilsner, from Doppelbock to Dortmunder, and the nation’s breweries dabble in them all, but IPA accounts for 40 percent of all craft beer.
Anyway, I hope you celebrate IPA Day in whatever way is meaningful for you. I hope to hear more about breweries and bars marking the occasion. In the meantime, here’s what Lagunitas Seattle Taproom & Beer Sanctuary has cooked up.
Friends in Grow Places West Coast IPA
“It’s a collaboration I did with our old pals from Yakima Chief Hops,” says Dan Schmelzer, the head brewer at Lagunita’s Seattle brewery. “Friends in Grow Places IPA is a classic west coast IPA with restrained bitterness, subtle specialty malt complexity that creates a base for the sweet, bold tropical fruit of the HBC-586 alongside Citra’s bright citrus pith, melon, and crushed pine needle and a slight verdant earthiness from the Idaho 7.”
“The taproom is also running IPA specials all weekend to celebrate IPA day, as well as this brew’s release on Thursday,” Dan adds.
Friends in Grow Places IPA
- 6.5% ABV
- 2-row, Vienna, White Wheat, Caramel 30, Acidulated
- Simcoe, Citra, Idaho 7, and featuring the new experimental varietal HBC-586
Lagunitas Seattle Taproom and Beer Sanctuary will tap into the beer on Thursday. It will also be available at select locations in Washington and Oregon.
For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.