The signature beer of the Western United States, the India Pale Ale (IPA) will be celebrated across the country tomorrow with the 2nd annual IPA Day.
The question is… how do you celebrate this? Do you simply crack one (or several) open, or are there more complicated ways to do it?
This is my confusion about this celebration.
I am all for celebrating one of the great American beer styles. Yes, I am aware of the history of the IPA, but it cannot be argued that Americans are at the forefront of pushing this style to the edge. I just wish that Sacramento knew about this event, and who is going to enable their hoppy celebrations.
Let me be clear that this is not a criticism of the organizers. This is meant to be a DIY holiday, where the day is declared, and it is up to local watering holes and breweries to take it upon themselves to decide how they want to celebrate it and to promote it. The Twitter tag is #IPADay, where spots should be promoting their events. So where are the promotions, Sacramento?
I would have never known about this event except through word of mouth. So, from their mouths, to my keyboard, to your screen, here are a few events:
*Hot City Pizza, which is indisputably the king of Sacramento’s IPA joints, will feature 8 of their favorite IPAs for $2 through Sunday ($3 for Sculpin).
*The Shack will also be celebrating with live music, BBQ and several IPAs from Boulder, Bison and High Water on special by the pint or by flights.
*Rubicon Brewing will have one of California’s oldest IPAs as well as one of the newest, the Three Bricks IPA from Sierra Nevada. Owner Glynn Phillips also pointed out that everyday is IPA day at The Rubicon.
*Dad’s Kitchen will host a party featuring Boulder, Bison and High Water Brewing.
*Extreme Pizza will have a selection each from Drakes and Bison.
*River Rock Tap House is closed. Dammit.
Pangaea, Firestone Tap House, Samuel Horne’s Tavern were all unaware of the event, but wisely told me that they will feature their usual selections which always includes several IPAs.
If you have a local beer joint, go out and see if they have their own celebration in mind. If they do not, let them know about the event, and maybe they will be on board next year!