Delaware- American IPA- 4% ABV. 30 IBUs. Sessionable and low calorie, using monk fruit for fermentable sugars (vs. lots of malt)! Packing aromatic hop notes with only 95 calories and 3.6g carbs, 1g protein and 0g fat (12oz serving). Hazy golden, evoking pineapple, coconut and mango.
What is IPA? India Pale Ale, in its multiple variations, is one of the most popular beer styles among craft beer drinkers. It’s a brew that has evolved over time since modern pale ale originated in England in the 1600s, though some form of the drink quite likely dates back to the ancient Sumerians.
Burton, on England’s River Trent, is most often considered the birthplace of English Pale Ale – its naturally hard water, high in mineral content, contributed to the beer’s pronounced clarity and bitter character, which later became very popular – yet pale ale wasn’t brewed there until the early 1700s.
It was farther north, in Derbyshire, England, where the coal byproduct coke was first used to make brewing malt in the 1640s. Coke is a relatively smokeless heat source that, unlike wood and other fuels, dries malts without adding color and smoky character to beer. Other towns followed Derby and began brewing pale ales from coke-dried malt.
The Reinheitsgebot, in addition to being a long and funny word, is the name of the Bavarian Beer Purity Act of 1516. It made it illegal to brew with anything other than barley, water and hops. (Yeast had yet to be identified by Louis Pasteur.) Flash forward to today and the vast majority of commercially available beer is brewed in accordance with, or with deference to, this arcane law. And yet, long before the law existed – thousands of years earlier – every culture brewed beer with whatever was flavorful, bountiful and delicious and grew beneath their land. American craft brewers are bringing this adventurous spirit back to the brewing landscape.
My brewery, Dogfish Head, has built its reputation for brewing extreme, exotic, extraordinary beers with “nontraditional” ingredients like chicory, licorice root, maple syrup, honey, pumpkins, raisins and brown sugar. This may sound freaky – or perhaps rebellious to “traditional” brewing practices – but it turns out that history has proved these are indeed traditional beers. You may say this refers to ancient history, and you’d be right!