Several area bars will celebrate the fifth annual IPA Day on Thursday (Aug. 6). Founded in 2011 by beer writer Ashley V. 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' flavor and aroma fade relatively quickly, 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; www.theavenuepub.com) owner Polly Watts instituted a policy of communicating the dates on which the beer was kegged to ensure customer, brewery and distributor awareness of IPA freshness.
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 Brewing's new IPA Crowd Control, Great Raft Brewing's Grace and Grit, Parish Brewing Company's newest batch of Ghost in the Machine, Yalobusha Brewing Company's new One & Done IPA, made with Citra and Simcoe hops, and Bayou Teche Brewing's Quantum Hop. She also expects a Stone Brewing Company truck to make a delivery in time with its characteristically hoppy beers, including a cask of the brewery's Delicious IPA.
Several bars have IPA Day events or special offerings. The Bulldog in Mid-City (5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191; www.bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com) will offer 15 IPAs on tap, and Junction (3021 St. Claude Ave., 504-272-0205; www.junctionnola.com) will host a Girls Pint Out event featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewery. World of Beer (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, 504-266-2689; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/metairie) will offer a special wings and IPA pairing: 20 wings tossed in a special IPA sauce and served with an IPA for $25. The Snooty Cooter at Cooter Brown's Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104) will offer several selections, including Terrapin Beer Company's Rye Cubed and Stone's RuinTen.