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#DCBrews Celebrates #IPADay

Ah, the India Pale Ale or IPA, almost inarguably the most ubiquitous and popular of craft beer styles, especially in the United States. When I heard that a group of people and organizations were organizing International IPA Day, my immediate reaction was, “Isn’t every day IPA Day?” And indeed, it is.

International IPA Day (hash tag #IPADay for those of you playing along via Twitter), was organized by @TheBeerWench and @RyanARoss and has since been joined by a number of sponsored breweries, including Great Divide, Epic, Southern Tier, Sweetwater, NOLA, New Holland, Founders, Summer Wine, Bison, and Karl Strauss. It is being described as, “a grassroots movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide, using social media as the common arena for connecting the conversation together.”

Sounds pretty fun, especially if you’re a hophead. The catch, though? There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of momentum for #IPADay in DC. Maybe because the IPA and its myriad variations are so prevalent across DC’s craft beer bars. Indeed, a call for #IPADay events returned only three responses. While you’re sure to find IPAs in beers all across DC (Pizzeria Paradiso just finished JulyPA, for example, a month of having only IPAs on draft at all three locations), these are the dedicated #IPADay events.

The Big Hunt
The Hunt will have all of the following IPAs on tap to celebrate #IPADAY:
Evolution Lot 3
Evolution Lot 6
Flying Dog Raging Bitch
Bell’s Two Hearted
Bear Republic Racer 5
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
Port City Monumental IPA
Oliver Ale Draft Punk
Victory Hop Wallop
Victory Hop Devil
Founder’s Centennial
Founder’s Red’s Rye
Founder’s Devil Dancer

Mad Fox Brewing Company
Bill Madden and Mad Fox will be tapping three local IPAs to celebrate #IPADay. Both Madden’s Broad Street IPA and Orange Whip IPA along with Tupper’s India Ink Black IPA.

The Black Squirrel
The Black Squirrel will have a bunch of IPAs on draft, and just in case you (somehow) can’t find one you like, they’ve also got 20+ IPAs in bottles! As if that weren’t enough, Thursday is half-priced burger night, and their tremendously tasty burger pairs well with IPAs! Here’s their draft list:
21st Amendment Back in Black Cascadian IPA
Bell’s Two Hearted
Boulder Hazed & Infused
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
BrewDog Punk IPA
Dogfish Head 60 Minute American IPA
Founders Centennial IPA
Harpoon IPA
Port City Monumental IPA
Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA
Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
Bear Republic Apex Strong IPA
Founders Double Trouble DIPA
Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster DIPA
Southern Tier 2x Imperial IPA

So get out there tonight and enjoy an IPA and know that as you do you’re joining up with the rest of the craft beer community around the world in proclaiming your love of hops, community, and craft beer! Cheers!

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