Happy International Beer Day! We can only assume that you’ll be celebrating appropriately. With yesterday being National IPA Day, it seems only fitting that we take what we learned from it, and filter into our Friday night activities. Here’s an arsenal of craft IPAs based on style that will give you a quality evening…just make sure you stay hydrated so you don’t also give yourself a quality hangover:
- Wild IPA: Sweetwater Brewing Smokey And The Brett – No surprise it’s found in Georgia, and named after a 2016 robbery where crooks tried to swipe two trucks of Sweetwater beer.
- Session IPA: Founders All-Day IPA – Low on alcohol, but high on fantastic.
- Citrus IPA: Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin – The sting of grapefruit and the smoothness of lemonade.
- Wheat IPA: Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – Loads of wheat makes this one look and taste exactly like a perfect wheat IPA should.
- Rye IPA: Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye – Dry and spicy with a “peppery punch.”
- American Black Ale: Maine Beer Company Weez – A dark IPA variant, this one combines the roastiness of coffee with “citrus and pine.”
- Double IPA: Russian River Pliny The Elder – Still the gold standard of Double IPAs 16 years after it was introduced.
- Northeast IPA: The Alchemist Heady Topper – The IPA for those turned-off by heavy bitterness.
- Dry-Hopped Sour: New Belgium Le Terrior – What happens after a union of “sour beer and a boatload of hops…a peachy, tropical puckerer.”
And don’t forget, the explosion of microbreweries means there might be even more tasty offerings in your backyard. Just make sure you have a Lyft, Uber, or designated driver after giving all these beasts a dance!