Beginning today, Aug 1, craft beer fans have something to celebrate. Each day throughout August, one of the pubs or bars in the Donnelly Group chain will tap a new and different cask of IPA.
The IPA, or India Pale Ale, is a hoppy, often high-alcohol-content (usually in the 6 – 7 per cent range) brew that has come to almost define the craft beer revolution in North America. During 30 Days of IPA, 10 participating venues will feature two to three different IPAs throughout the month. Each new IPA will be on tap at that particular location until it runs out, with only one keg or cask on hand to pour.
What’s exciting about this, to local beer aficionados at any rate, is that many of the IPAs aren’t currently available on tap in Vancouver.
Highlights of the B.C. beer selection include a Townsite Tin Hat limited edition cask at The Three Brits (1780 Davie) on Aug. 21. Earlier in the month, on Aug. 6, The New Oxford (1144 Homer St.) taps Phillips Brewing Company’s limited edition Monkey Drummer and the Incomplete Octave Almost 12th Anniversary Ale. According to a press release, “This single batch seasonal beer was just released to the public on July 15 and is only available while supplies last. The New Oxford will be one of only a handful of locations in the Lower Mainland to carry this special IPA on tap.” There you go!
Other exciting IPA’s to be featured include the Double IPA from Seattle’s Pike Brewery (Aug. 3, Library Square, 300 West Georgia St.); Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA from Bend, OR at the Granville Room (Aug 10, 957 Granville St.); and Gigantic High Fidelity from Portland, OR (Aug. 28, Bimini Public House, 2010 West 4th Ave.).
The event kicks off today with the Granville Island Brockton IPA tapped at The Three Brits. For a complete list of participating watering-holes and their respective IPAs, visit the Donnelly Group’s 30 Days of IPA page.