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Thursday, July 31, 2014

OK Hopheads...Hop to It!

 I got this email from Beer Gal Sarah Reister, and I felt obligated to share it--since August 7 is National IPA Day. 

Why we need one of those has me scratching my head, as EVERY day lately seems like IPA day, and if it's not, it certainly can be, given the plethora of IPAs available at almost every taproom. 

Is there a National Altbier Day? A National Rauschweizen Day? A National Arrogant Bastard Day? (Dedicated to those celebrities and politicians who tick me off?) 
No, there is not. 

But this country also wildly celebrates Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the only battle the Mexicans won in a war they lost. Even Mexico does not celebrate it. But, I digress.

Sarah's letter, however, was so nice, and the beer list looks so good, and the place is so close to NJ, I said, "What the heck?"

OK, Sarah. Here's your shot. Maybe I'll see you there. You owe me a beer.

One of those IPAs.
Not a Corona.

Hi Kurt, 

Barren Hill Tavern Celebrates National IPA Day with Single Hops Series Party
 National IPA Day is on Thursday, August 7
 Lafayette Hill, PA (July 29, 2014)- Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery is celebrating National IPA Day with a Single Hops Series Party from 6pm-12am on Thursday, August 7 featuring a bevy of Barren Hill beers saved especially for the occasion.

 To honor this beer-lovers' holiday, the tavern has saved kegs from every batch of their seven single-hopped IPA series and will be pouring all of them together for one time only on IPA Day.  Also, the newest addition to the series: the unreleased eighth Belgian IPA called Columbus Belgian IPA will be on tap for the first time.  The beer line up is as follows: Galaxy, Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, and Mandrina Bavaria.

 Since Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery opened its doors in November 2013, they have been brewing a one-time only series of single hopped Belgian IPA’s. After each series is made, it is sold on draft one time until the batch is kicked.

 Head Brewer Scott Morrison is a world-renowned brewer and six-time Great American Beer Festival medalist. After, less than one year at Barren Hill, Morrison already took home the bronze medal in the World Beer Cup for Barren Hill’s beer Biere de Extra. He previously brewed at McKenzie Brewpubs and Dock Street. Morrison wanted to do a series of Belgian Ales, since that is what he is known for, but also to add a different element to them by making them IPA’s.
 “I enjoy creating new and interesting styles that aren’t readily available in the Philly Market,” said Morrison. 
 Series 1:
Galaxy Belgian IPA- 7.1% ABV
A true hybrid beer brewed with Belgian yeast, Australian hops & American barley. The Galaxy hops show a strong tropical fruit flavor.
 Series 2:
Centennial Belgian IPA- 6.7% ABV
Centennial hops create a floral, citrus bitterness. Light amber, hoppy, with a spicy finish from the Belgian yeast.
 Series 3:
Chinook Belgian IPA- 6.7% ABV
Chinook hops create a spicy piney bitterness. Light, amber in color, and hazy. This is an unfiltered IPA with a dry finish.
 Series 4:
Amarillo Belgian IPA- 6.8% ABV
This single hopped ale was brewed using exclusively Amarillo hops, which are flavorful and yield a flowery, spicy and citrus-like aroma.
 Series 5:
Nelson Sauvin Belgian IPA- 6.8% ABV
An amber colored IPA, Nelson Sauvin hops have a strong fruity flavor resembling white wine or crushed grapes.
 Series 6:
Citra Belgian IPA- 6.8% ABV
Citra hops have a prominently citrus & tropical fruit flavor in this Amber colored IPA,
 Series 7:
Mandarina Bavaria Belgian IPA- 6.8% ABV
When using a Mandarina Bavariva hops, it adds a strong tangerine, citrus flavor, which adds an intense mandarin orange aroma.
 Series 8:
Columbus Belgian IPA- 6.8% ABV
An amber colored IPA, using Columbus Hops, which creates a very resiny, bittering hop with sharp, earthy, and woodsy notes.

 Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, set in the historic General Lafayette Inn building on the outskirts of Philadelphia in Montgomery County, is a new brewpub from the owners of Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern. Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery offers 30 craft beers on draft and a variety of select cans and bottles. 

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