Doubled down on the celebrating today – National Watermelon Day AND National IPA Day
IPA, India Pale Ale, is super trendy right now because people love to be miserable.
For real, the whole reason this beer type exists is because the English, while occupying India, needed beer, and couldn’t brew beer there because it was too hot., so they would brew it home and ship it there.
To withstand the months and months at sea they added waaay more hops, a natural preservative, than would normally be palatable and thus and such we have IPA.
I don’t know if we as a society were nostalgic for the good old days of aggressive imperialism or what, but this beer has resurfaced with a vengeance. Apparently it is THE most popular craft beer style.
If you couldn’t tell by the tone of the intro, I am not too keen on this type of beer because USUALLY it tastes like acid reflux. However I have had some I like such as Propellor Brewery in Halifax’s IPA – notes of grapefruit, refreshing and delightful.
James and I decided to try a few different ones for the holiday.
Brewdog Punk IPA was the best of the lot. It was actually really great – just flavourful enough to be more than a lager or regular pale ale, but not too over board with the pungentness. I would have that again any time. The rest I could take or leave.
It was a sunny day, so we sliced up some watermelon for National Watermelon Day, to cleanse our palettes between IPA’s.
It was a beauty. The past few watermelons I have picked up were really not ripe or bland or not in season, who knows, all I know is I couldn’t eat them so I was pleasantly surprised to have a good one that hit the spot!
Hadn’t celebrated two concepts in one day in a while so I felt like I was working hard!