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The More You Know: IPAs

The More You Know: IPAs

IPAs are easily one of the most popular beers, with a 199% growth in sales of Sessions IPAs alone in 2015, but do you know how the famed Indian Pale Ales got their name?

Long, long ago, in a kingdom far across the pond, the British Empire was faced with a crisis: their people stationed in the east were desperate for beer, but it was too hot in India to brew proper ales on their own. Attempts at shipping beer over also proved futile as British made beer couldn’t survive the six-month journey without spoiling.

The issue of transportation persisted until a hero by the name of George Hodgson (of Bow Brewery in Middlesex-Essex) began exporting his October beer to India. Since October beer required being cellared for two years after brewing, it thrived under the voyage and became a favorite in the Eastern colonies.

This inspired other English breweries to develop their own strongly hopped pale ales to transport through the East India Company, one of the most famous being Allsopp Brewery. This new “India Ale” (sometimes called “Export Pales”) proved so successful that regular trade was quickly established to spread this beer all over the world.

Today IPAs have evolved to include 10 Sub-Styles, practically guaranteeing that somewhere out there is an IPA for everybody. So, let’s all raise a pint to the ingenuity of George Hodgson and the Allsopp brewers! Cheers!

Tacomites Take The Gold!

Hello, fellow beer nerds!

So, the Washington Beer Awards were this weekend (thank you again, to everybody who came out to show some Otter Love!) and we just wanted to take a moment to geek out about some of the amazing breweries we were lucky enough to celebrate with.

For those new to the Washington beer scene, the Washington Beer Awards are a craft beer competition meant to celebrate professional brewing excellence. This competition is the largest beer competition in the Northwest, meaning beer lovers from miles around get a chance to gather en masse and geek out together.

This year we are proud to announce that OOBC took home the gold for our Ottzel Quatzel Pale Ale (in the American Style Pale Ale category) all thanks to the wizarding genius of our head brewer, Greer Hubbard.

We’d also like to give out a shout out to Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. for their bronze winning 1897 Pale Lager, Dystopian State for their silver winning O.G. Farmhouse, and Harmon Brewing Company for their silver winning Flander Red. Downtown Tacoma Pride!

We met some really amazing people this year, and we’re so excited about getting the chance to geek out with so many fellow beer nerds.

So, here’s to you, our fellow craft beer aficionados and loyal Tacomites!