The Complete History of the IPA, Part 3: India-Style Ale is Born

When we last left the story, bitter beer was all the rage, England turned India into one of it’s colonies, Burton Upon Trent was becoming one of the most important brewing cities in the world and George Hodgeson invented the India Pale Ale and there was much rejoicing. Okay, I lied, about that last one. As I hinted last week Hodgeson has gotten a lot of credit for the style but no evidence suggested he…

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Recipe: Traditional British Bitter

Unlike the last recipe we did, this week features a style that, although has certainly evolved over the centuries, is still brewed consistently. It is a style that has been lovingly passed down in England from brewer to brewer, who made occasional adjustments for local and cultural changes but kept the basic idea of the beer alive. It is the British Bitter. What is a British Bitter? According to the Beer Judge Certificate Program (BJCP),…

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Profiles Of Hoppiness: Goldings Hops

“The ‘Golding’ has, of late years, been in high repute. It was raised by a man still living, Mr. Golding, of the Malling quarter of the district; who observing, in his grounds, a hill of extraordinary quality and productiveness, marked it, propagated it, and furnished his neighbors with cuttings from its produce.” -William Marshall, The Rural Economy of The Southern Countries, 1798 Since we are getting deep into the history of the IPA, it seems…

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The Complete History of The IPA: Part 2, British Bitters

So when we last left the story of the IPA it was 1700’s England. Hops were the latest craze and new malting techniques brought pale malt to foggy old England. Together, the two ingredients came together to form the first prototype for the IPA… in the same sense that the Wright Brother’s plane was a prototypes of the space shuttle.  The basic idea was there but it was a long, long way from our modern…

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Recipe: October Beer

The O.G.P.A BJCP Category 27 Historical Beer So last week I talked about the history of British brewing and the October beer, the first rumbling of the style that we would eventually come to know as IPA. A lot of the info came from Mitch Steele’s wonderful book on IPA’s titled, appropriately enough, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. In the book he roughly described a recipe from the 1700’s…

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