Initially, we thought about trying to get the best of the best IPA from around the country and compare them all blind.The challenge there is it’s nearly impossible to get beer from all over the place, at an acceptable level of freshness, in one place at one time. They’re all IPAs and all widely and readily available.Plus, as fun as it is to read about a magical elixir from a brewery thousands of miles away that drinks of pure unobtainium, what about something a bit easier to come by? Hell, they’re probably sitting in your local grocer dying a slow painful death. While we knew which beers were in the pool, we had our good friend Dr Zack administer the tasting for us totally blind.
Despite the delayed onset of the prices increases that we have been bracing against for months, drinkers in the Boston area began to see beer prices rise sharply as early as three months ago.
Sumptuous world-class beers poured freely at the Opening Gala, and now you will see these beers throughout SF Beer Week at taprooms, bars, restaurants and retailers. Use the SF Beer Week website to see which breweries will be where and seek out these great brews.
Range around the regions or get local with your choices.
Ale Smith Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, Episodes, Firestone Walker, Going In Blind, Green Flash Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co.
It’s been a while since our last showdown, and we’ve wrestled with how we are going to handle IPA for a long time now.