August 2nd is one of my favourite days of the year. It's like Christmas for beer drinkers; it's IPA Day. If you're a craft brewery in North America, especially the West Coast, you're generally judged how good you are by how good your IPA is. Northwest IPAs are so strong and hoppy but carry with them such nice tropical flavours like grapefruit that they're hard not to like. I'd like to celebrate IPA Day by, first of all, cracking an IPA or two but also by listing some of BC's top IPAs.
So, without further rambling, here are some of my favourite IPAs from the great breweries of British Columbia. (In No Particular Order)
Driftwood Brewing's Fat Tug - Arguably the best IPA in the country, it took home the 'Beer of the Year' award in 2011. 7% and 80+ IBUs make up this wonderful brew that I think everyone should try.
Red Racer IPA - Coming out of Red Racer aka the 2012 Brewery of the Year award winner this beer has a nice bite of bitterness to it and a lasting aftertaste. I appreciate that this beer comes in a 6-pack rather than a bomber as well.
Central City Imperial IPA - This might be my "End of the world" beer. I could drink this until the day I die. So well balanced with the perfect punch of hops. Highly recommend you try it before I drink it all!
Lighthouse Switchback IPA - In my opinion this is the best beer coming out of Lighthouse Brewing on the island (Their Belgian Black is a close second). It's well balanced, crisp and one of the most refreshing IPAs I've ever had. Very sessionable. Grab a 6-pack and enjoy.
Russel IP'eh - This is the IPA I go to whenever I'm having beer with my buddies and teammates at the rugby club. There isn't much better than sitting in the grandstands on a sunny day and quaffing on a bottle of IP'eh. (Go Caps Go!)
These are my top 5 favourite BC IPAs and I'm looking forward to all the new and old breweries coming out with even better ones!
What are your favourite IPAs coming out of local breweries? Which ones did I miss?
Thanks for reading, cheers!