Hops, the crucial ingredient in a good IPA
The fifth annual IPA Day is Aug. 6, and some area bars will celebrate it. Founded in 2011 by beer writer Ashley Routson (aka The Beer Wench), it’s intended to honor the most popular craft beer style in the country.
An important aspect of enjoying this hop-heavy and bitter beer style is freshness. Hops fade relatively quickly in flavor and aroma, which is why it’s important to drink these beers as soon as possible after they’re brewed.
Two years ago, Avenue Pub
(1732 St Charles Ave, 504-586-9243) owner Polly Watts instituted a policy of communicating the dates on which the beer was kegged to ensure customer, brewery and distributor awareness of how important this aspect of the IPA is.
Because the Pub wants to serve the freshest IPAs possible, acquiring them at the appropriate time for a specific event can be tricky. For IPA Day, Watts hopes to have Southern Prohibition’s new IPA Crowd Control, Great Raft Brewing’s Grace and Grit, Parish Brewing’s newest batch of Ghost in the Machine, Yalobusha’s new One & Done IPA, made with Citra and Simcoe hops, and Bayou Teche’s Quantum Hop. She also expects a Stone Brewing truck to make a delivery in time with its characteristically hoppy beers, including a cask of the brewery’s Delicious IPA.
Other events happening on IPA Day: the Bulldog in Mid City
(5135 Canal Blvd, 504-488-4191; bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com
) will showcase 15 IPAs on tap, and Junction
(3021 St Claude Ave, 504-272-0205) will host a Girls Pint Out event featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewing. World of Beer
(4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, 504-266-2689) will have a special wing and IPA pairing: 20 wings tossed in a special IPA sauce served with an IPA costs $25. The Snooty Cooter at Cooter Brown's Tavern
(509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104) will offer several selections, including Terrapin's Rye Cubed and Stone's RuinTen.