This weekend is a special 3-day weekend due to it being my birthday, oh and it also happens to be Labor Day weekend. It goes without saying that there will be a few “12 ounce curls” throughout the weekend.
My style preference is for a nice hoppy IPA. Hi, I’m Matt and I’m a hophead. Even with the different seasons and beers to match (winter-stouts, spring- cider/ales, summer – wheats/fruits, fall – cider/pumpkin/Oktoberfest), I always enjoy the crisp, bitterness from an IPA. A peek into my fridge and you will find quite a few IPAs ready to go after a long day at the office. You might also get a laugh at the lack of food. Hey it’s a bachelor’s fridge.
Here are a few beers in there now that will be enjoyed in celebration of 29 years of awesomeness (…and modesty?)
Drake’s Denogginizer IPA – A surprising 9.75% ABV double IPA that would pair well with spicy food or wings.
Dogfish Head 61 Minute IPA – Their traditional 60 min IPA but brewed with Syrah grape must. The light purple color is deceiving as it is still a beer in the glass.
Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA – Combines regular DFH offering’s 60 min and 90 min with a spin to make this limited release.
Sixpoint Bengali Tiger – More mellow than it’s sibling Resin. Fruit in the aroma pairs well with the hops.
Stone Ruinten – With a slogan “stage dive into a mosh pit of hops” what else is there to understand about this double IPA. This is the cranked up 10th anniversary of Ruination IPA (another regular in the fridge).
Flying Fish FU Sandy – while not an IPA, it is worth mentioning. A wheat but with a hop presence but sweeter than the others. Click on my name for prior articles and spotlight on this beer specifically.
Green Flash Palate Wrecker – A double IPA that lives up to the name. There is not a shortage of hops or flavor in this one.
Knee Deep Hop Shortage – Speaking of hop shortage…how about this one at 11.3% triple IPA? Triple IPA means triple the hops.
Finally, I had to throw the big guy in there, Stone Double Bastard Ale, even though it’s not in the fridge. It’s a 3-liter bottle so it sits right under the TV next to a few other big bottles. It is a limited release version of the Arrogant Bastard, released in October. Due to the high alcohol content, it has aged well.
Hopefully you enjoy the long weekend and if you’re a fellow hophead, try a few of these brews. As always check out Twitter or Facebook for updates and additional beer pictures. You can also contact me on there to send my gifts!! Don’t worry about a belated gift, I’ll accept more IPA’s well into the fall. Cheers!