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  • Tom Bastek | August 5, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    4 India Pale Ales Worth the Trip

    4 India Pale Ales Worth the Trip

    Photos courtesy of each brewery

    Beer geeks unite! August 6th is National IPA Day and across the country, craft breweries, brewpubs and bars alike are celebrating by putting IPAs on sale and bringing in lesser-known or harder-to-get brews. Beer dinners are being planned and cask ales are aging away, awaiting their moment to shine. If you are looking for a driving adventure or want to stop somewhere during a journey to sample the wares of the local brewer, here are four that are worth the trip. Of course, enjoy responsibly...

    Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA – Milton, Delaware

    Twice a year in February and August, Sam Calagione and his team of amazing people at Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales put out a beer that is way over the top — the amazing 120 Minute IPA. The malt is boiled for two hours while continuously hopping the batch, then dry hopped daily in the fermenter for another month and finally then aged for a month sitting on whole leaf hops. The ABV (alcohol by volume) comes out to about 15-20 percent and for that reason, 120 Minute cannot be sold in many states. If you can travel to get some, stop by and drop some off to us. For a place to stay while you are there check out the Dogfish Inn.

    See Also: Room With a Brew: Soak In the Suds at Dogfish Head Brewery's Own Hotel

    Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 – Escondido, California

    This year marked a dark time for the lovers of the original “Stone Ruination IPA” as Stone Brewing Co. decided to halt production on it and move onto bigger things — quite literally.  “Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0” is a West Coast styled double IPA just like the original, except this one turns up the hops. Basically, as the technology and techniques for maximizing hop flavors and aromas have changed, they felt the beer should change as well.

    Surley Brewing Co. Todd The Axe ManMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Currently the highest ranked new IPA on Beer Advocate, Surley Brewing Co.’s “Todd the Axe Man” is a collaboration with Amager Brewery in Denmark. Brewed with one malt from the U.K. and two hop varieties, this is a treat that doesn’t come around too often. The beer was named for Todd Haug, the original and still current brewer of Surley. The destination brewery has a beer hall and restaurant downstairs as well as a fine dining restaurant upstairs called the Brewer’s Table.

    Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA – Athens, Georgia

    When those in the know think of a Georgia Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Co. immediately comes to mind, but there is a revolution happening in the Atlanta/Athens area, with amazing breweries popping up everywhere. One of them is Creature Comforts, located in downtown Athens. Founded by David Stein, head brewer of local Atlanta brewpub Twain’s Billiards and Tap, and with the help of Adam Beauchamp, seven-year brewing vet of Sweetwater Brewing, they have taken the state by storm. Their Tropicalia IPA is a “balanced, soft, and juicy IPA (with) ripe passion fruit and citrus hop aroma (leading) to a full, fruit-forward hop flavor that washes over the palate, ending with subtle bitterness.”  And it is so session-able that you could easily find yourself drinking it all afternoon without an issue — until you tried to get out of the chair.

    Give me more!  Where are you drinking your favorite IPAs?  Leave me a note in the comments below.


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Tom Bastek The Main Course

Tom Bastek Tom is a writer in the Atlanta Area. He has traveled to all 48 continental states and almost every stop in the Caribbean. In addition to Traveling, Tom geeks out on bowling, craft beer, trains, pinball, comic books, sci-fi and playing the tuba. You can get him at and @TravelWriterTom.
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