For those unaware today is International Beer Day. Held on the first Friday of August each year to celebrate all things beer. The worlds most consumed alcoholic drink has a long history with archaeological evidence showing that Chinese villagers were brewing on a small scale as far back as seven thousand years ago, so there is a lot to celebrate.
So how does one celebrate International Beer day? It’s simple really, drink good beer with good friends.
With that in mind I’m going to pick two new beers to try, both just happen to be Double IPAs. Stone Brewing’s Ruination is packed with a whole host of hops (Magnum, Nugget, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra & Azacca) for a massively fruity nose with heaps of melon, pink grapefruit and citrus followed by pine resin and subtle dank notes. The taste adds more tropical fruits to those found on the nose with a long dry citrus and pine finish. It’s easy to see why this has become such a classic.
Next up, The Grove from Trouble Brewing. Named in honour of Dublin’s leading alternative music venue of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s this beer also takes an alternative approach, brewing with mango fruit. The mango is first evident on the nose with soft caramel malt beneath and a burst of tropical fruit form the Azacca and Citra hops. The flavour is rich in sweet malt and some sweetness from the Mango which is perfectly balanced by a clean bitter finish to draw you in for more.
Brewing has evolved considerably over the past seven millennia since those villagers first tried their hand a fermentation, so today is also a day to take a moment to appreciate the hard work, dedication and time that goes into that craft beer you’re drinking. Happy International Beer Day!