Aug 25, 2015

Beer Styles and Their Histories - an Upcoming Series of Posts

I've always enjoyed the history of India Pale Ales, or IPAs. The extra hops were used as a preservative for the long journey from England to India and beer was important to get to India fresh - British soldiers were allotted 5 pints of beer a day. It may seem like a lot, but I suspect drinking beer was safer than drinking the water in India at the time.

Actually, beer has filled the role of a safer alternative to water many times.

Alright, enough about IPAs, that's supposed to be a post all on it's own.

In any case, the series of posts should be fun to write and educational even to me, as I know some basic facts but few details and the details are what brings stuff to life.

Not sure when the series kicks off but I'll be working outline out this week.

3 comments:

  1. That`s actually a myth, it`s just a coincidence that the brewery that the EIC contracted to supply their beer was pale and extra hoppy.

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    1. I shall raid wikipedia for this one:

      "Early IPA, such as Burton brewers' and Hodgson's, was only slightly higher in alcohol than most beer brewed in his day and would not have been considered a strong ale; however, a greater proportion of the wort was well-fermented, leaving behind few residual sugars, and the beer was strongly hopped.[12] The common story that early IPAs were much stronger than other beers of the time, however, is a myth.[13] While IPA's were formulated to survive long voyages by sea better than other styles of the time, porter was also shipped to India and California successfully"

      So, I dont see the myth necessarily, although porter survived long journeys too

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  2. Here's a rebuttal article: http://witteklavervier.nl/en/history/myths-about-beer/india-pale-ale-myth Just do a google search for IPA history myth and you'll find plenty more like it.

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