What’s with this world shortage of hops we all heard about 4 years ago? I figured surely by now, beer would be extinct. On the West Coast, where I come from, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, one style of beer is slowly creeping in as a new favorite among many: The India Pale Ale.
IPAs are generously hopped pale ales that are strong, full-flavored, and can be intensely bitter. The ‘India’ part comes from the 1700s when, during the long boat ride from England to India, brewers added extra hops as a preservative. Three hundred years later the IPA is making a strong comeback on the West Coast.
Fortunately for the West Coast, we grow some of the best hops in the world. From Northern California to Vancouver Island, hop growers are cashing in on their beautiful flowers. For more click here.