Facts About IPA You Never Knew
In August we raise a glass of the golden stuff to celebrate International IPA Day which falls on the first Thursday of August. A day where breweries, bars and just about anyone who wants to, shows their appreciation for India Pale Ale. Earliest records tell us that this brew has been around since the early 1800’s! So to celebrate the day we are running down the top 5 facts about IPA that you probably didn’t even know!
IPA actually came from Down Under
The earliest known use of the phrase IPA was on August 29th, 1829 in an advertisement in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser. The following year saw Taylor Walker of the Barley Mow brewery, Limehouse (London) advertising their “East India Pale Ale (the best summer drink)” in the Colonial Times of Hobart in Tasmania.
According to historians, a similar style of beer was being made in England in the early 1800’s. It was the addition of more hops to the pale ale that preserved the brew so it was still drinkable after a long voyage to India, hence the name we all know today – India Pale Ale.
Although the current market is flooded with new and ever changing IPA’s with many Craft Beer enthusiasts changing and tweaking the recipes, we at McMullen’s are proud to wear the medal of originality. Our relationship with IPA travels all the way back to the 1800’s where many a colonial administrator, trained at the East India Company College originally in Hertford and then just outside at Haileybury, would have been steeled for a life of service on our beer.
The Female Beer
You may not have known but the Hop plant comes in both male and female forms, the male is typically used to breed the plant and not for taste. The female strand of the plant is what goes into the brewing process to give that recognisable hoppy IPA flavour.
IPA-merica (proud of that one!)
In recent years American breweries, especially Craft Ale brewers have gone IPA crazy experimenting with distinctively American Hops from all over the US which create a differing flavour from West Coast strong malt notes, to East Coast spicier almost European hoppy flavours. Not stopping there, the process of creating Double IPAs is becoming very fashionable with breweries producing much stronger IPAs above 7.5%.
If all this IPA babbling has got your taste buds craving a cuddle then head down to one of ours where we will be more than happy to sort you out with a pint of the original. Or why not buy it directly from the source?