Attention, hop heads: On Thursday, Aug. 4, South Florida bars and breweries will celebrate National IPA Day, the annual toasting of aromatic India Pale Ales.
National IPA Day is practically every day at Due South Brewing Company in Boynton Beach, says Doug Fairall, the brewery's brand manager. IPAs are by far Due South's most popular brew, Fairall says, racking up more than 60 percent of all sales between its taproom and canned beer line.
The brewery (2900 High Ridge Road, Suite 3) will pour seven different IPAs in its taproom from noon to 11 p.m., including its hurricane-themed Category 3 IPA, its much-hoppier variant Category 5 and a hop-overloaded version called Double Dry Hopped Short Bus. All are designed to showcase the humble hop, the green, ball-shaped plant that gives craft ales their bitter, citrusy flavor.
"The idea behind [the event] is to celebrate the beloved hop," Fairall says. "We've got these super, super-flavorful beers for the real hop head."
Due South will also sell rare canned versions of its Grapefruit Category 5, brewed with grapefruit rinds, Fairall says.
IPAs are the most popular craft beer in the country, as well, according to a January report by IRI Worldwide, a Chicago-based research firm that tracks market trends. Drinkers bought $2.9 billion in craft beer during 2015, and IPAs accounted for roughly 25 percent of all craft-beer sales, IRI estimates.
Here are more National IPA Day events:
Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park) will sell eight IPA treatments from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 4, including Lychee Hop Gun, Millions of Peaches Pale Ale, Hop Gun IPA, and versions of Hop Stimulator wood-aged on Spanish cedar, maple and cypress.
From noon to midnight Aug. 6 at SaltWater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach), the taproom will pour several versions of its Screamin Reels IPA, a piney, grapefruit-punched beer.
The Riverside Market Cafe (608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will serve a handful of rare IPAs from Cigar City Brewing and Dogfish Head starting at 10 a.m. and continue all day. Beers include White Oak Citrus Pale Ale, Key Lime Pie IPA, Creamsicle IPA and Continental Drift, a collaboration between Cigar City and Knee Deep Brewing.
And in Miami, Boxelder Craft Beer Market (2817 NW Second Ave.) will pour 10 IPAs and two pale ales from Founder's Brewing Company and MIA Beer Company between 1 p.m. Aug. 4 and midnight.
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