Monday, May 6, 2013

Anderson Valley Makes Your Grandfather's DIPA

Anderson Valley had success with their Anniversary Imperial IPA, and they now have a year-round DIPA joining their regular lineup. Heelch O' Hops is an 8.6% ABV, 100 IBU Double IPA that doesn't mess around with new hop varieties; rather, they go with the old trusted standbys: Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus. Will this cause a trend where breweries go back to tried and true methods and ingredients, like with Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager? In the case of the latter, let's hope not. La Cumbre did a nice IPA in the "older style" of IPAs awhile back, so it can be done. And Anderson Valley makes solid beer, if just a bit under the radar. $9.99 for a four-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Jubilation.

It's getting to be Pilsner weather in these parts, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy it than out of a can, can you? On tap, and maybe in a growler, you say? OK, but I think of all the styles out there, canned beer is best suited for Pilsners. Maybe its all the years of drinking macro lagers from the can. And now you can get a canned Pilsner brewed right here in Albuquerque: Marble has their GABF award-winning Pilsner in cans at the brewery, and soon at all places where you normally buy your packaged Marble beers.

1 comment:

Sloppy said...

My grandfathers didn't _have_ any DIPAs. I pity the people of 1920 - (approximately)1984.