What is National IPA Day?

I may be one day late since IPA Day is on the first Thursday of August each year, but everyone should celebrate this “holiday” every day!

There are many sayings like, “Fridays are for bar days” or “Beer me,” but IPA Day should be a weekend-long celebration! It should not just be celebrated for 24 hours or on a Thursday, seriously.

So what is an IPA? It is a beer known as India Pale Ale Beer. India pale ale (IPA) is a hoppy beer style within the broader category of pale ale. It has also been referred to as pale ale as prepared for IndiaIndia alepale India ale, or pale export India ale.

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Among the first brewers known to export beer to India was George Hodgson’s Bow Brewery, on the Middlesex-Essex border. Bow Brewery beers became popular among East India Company traders in the late 18th century because of the brewery’s location near the East India Docks. Demand for the export style of pale ale, which had become known as India pale ale, developed in England around 1840 and it later became a popular product there. IPAs have a long history in Canada and the United States, and many breweries there produce a version of the style.

So, National IPA day celebrates the first Thursday of every August. To many beer lovers, an IPA is one of the world’s most popular types of craft beer.

So raise your glass, drink a pint, bottle, or a gallon-whatever-and celebrate this glorious day, or weekend with me! Drink with your friends, family, colleagues, bosses, everyone! Make sure you are of age first, am I right!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy a glass of IPA today and celebrate with the rest of the country! Post on social media using #NationalIPADay (even if it is a day late-Be fashionably late!)

One last thing to say, there is no known founder or origin of National IPA Day, so it is a mystery yet to be solved.

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