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Charlotte Beer Babes August Beer School

Why Hello Beer Babes and Beer Lovers!

This past Saturday, August 11, the Charlotte Beer Babes, led by the beautiful & beer-loving organizer Tracie, went to our second Beer Babes Beer School event at World of Beer Southend.

Held the 2nd Saturday of each month, this Beer Babes school is a tutorial for women into the lives of various types of beer, including a variety of tastings to help the lesson sink in better. Our fearless teacher, Preston, continued the learning with a focus on IPA style beers.

For this event, we did add in a ‘bring an appetizer or snack to bolster you’ note for all participants. I actually made some for the group, which you can check out (they paired AWEsome with the Ghost Hop and Death by Hops, in particular) here (Asparagus & BBQ Rumaki, and Island Chicken Kotopitas)!

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Charlotte Beer Babes Try Out IPAs and Appetizers!

IPA History:
First off, IPA styles came about in the 1800s when India was a British Colony. British soldiers stationed in India complained because the beer tasted horrid when it reached them in-country via shipping vessels. The brewers started adding extra hops, which were known for preservation, and sending over to India-residing troops. The original name of this style of beer was, wait for it…. “Pale Ale as prepared for India”. Yup. That mouthful was the full name. Kind of reminiscent of the mouthful of hops it contained, when you think about it, huh?!?

So next, the soldiers return to England and, after drinking PAAPFI for so long, they started requesting it at their British pubs back home. In 1835, George Hodgson of Bow Brewery started making IPA officially…at a whopping 4% ABV! And from there, IPA exploded like the hop-flavor it’s known for!

Fast forward to present day, you will find three main styles of IPA available:
1) English Style: 5-7.5% ABV, 40-60 IBUs (hoppiness) and 8-13 SRM (color).
2) American Style: 5.5-7.5% ABV, 40-75 IBUs, and 4-15 SRM.
3) Imperial/Double Styles: 7.5-10% ABV, 60-120 IBUs, and 8-15 SRM.

Fun fact, the human palate can only process up to or around 120 IBUs. After that it’s hard or impossible to distinguish. (Any error in that statement is mine, as my shorthand notes could just suck.)

So on to the beers that we tasted! Being in North Carolina, with an ABV limit, we had a little bit of limitation on our selection, but thankfully there is such a wide selection within NC standards, that we had 6 wonderful options presented to us by Preston!

1) Dogfish Head‘s 60-Minute IPA: this brew is extra-hopped, 1 extra hop addition every minute for an hour, to be precise! This English-style IPA has a very citrusy and grassy flavor and aroma, and a 6% ABV & 60 IBU profile are evident in this delicious and hoppy treat.

2) Noda Brewing Company‘s Ghost Hop: this white IPA is made with witbier yeast and Northwest hops to give a citrus and pine aroma for this light and hoppy beer. Coming in at 5.9% ABV with 70 IBUs and an SRM of 3.7, this is definitely a unique and delicious choice for hop-loving beer drinkers that also like lighter citrus flavors.

3) Uinta Brewing‘s Dubhe: this Imperial Black IPA was delicious, and probably my favorite of the bunch. Toasted malt, chocolate and hemp seed flavors united beautifully with a strong hoppiness for this dark IPA, which comes in at 9.2% ABV, 109 IBUs and with an SRM of 110! This is more a beer that those who like porters and stouts would enjoy, versus the lighter ales and lagers. However it is definitely one that I think most would enjoy on a cool winter’s eve when you want something hearty yet hoppy!

4) Olde Hickory Brewery‘s Death By Hops: with 7% ABV and 108 IBUs, this incredibly hoppy American-style IPA contains 20 grams of hops per pint! The brew gets 71 pounds of hops added to it throughout the process, and leaves a very hoppy and citrusy flavor, with a lightly piney aroma, in the finished product.

5) Noda Brewing Company‘s Noda RyeZ’ed: this double rye IPA is a spicy and 7-hop-blend creation by Charlotte’s own Noda Brewing Company. This is one of my favorite Rye IPA’s that I’ve tasted, as it has a zing of spice, a hoppy flavor that intertwines with the spice, and an aroma that has hops and spice in it. This is a beer that is 8.65% ABV, with 90 IBUs and an SRM of 12. Definitely worth trying!

And the final beer we tried was….

6) Green Flash‘s Imperial IPA: this San Diego-bred beer is 9.4% ABV with 101 IBUs to it. This beer had an intense pine aroma, and a very hoppy and citrusy flavor. It is in the style of the “San Diego IPA”, a new subset of American IPAs, which is a beer that’s “pale in color, super-hoppy, high-gravity, yet a highly quaffable ale”. This was a pretty intense hop session in your mouth, not going to lie, and it was definitely a good note to end the class on IPAs with for the day!

So that is today’s entry, and I sincerely hope you enjoyed it! I know those of us at the event had a blast (including with Dad-tuck-interloper-dude’s wonderful distraction), and we all cannot wait for the next class, September’s Belgian Beer Course! Hope to see you there ladies!

Craft You Later,
Beth

Wednesday Beer Log

Hello Again My Friends!

So last night we had another fun-filled craf-beer-flowing night with the Charlotte Beer Babes, put on yet again by the lovely Tracie (aka QCBeerBabe). Tracie did a fantastic job getting this event put together. First, she organized an IPA tasting. Second, she organized it at The Liberty. Third, she arranged for a semi-private party setting in the bar area, with a pretty nice presentation, plus a selection of appetizers – for $10 per person. Fourth, Tracie just rocks our hops off. Tee hee hee. Yes, I made her a name tag that says that, see!!!

So once the +25 awesome ladies assembled, or most at least, we had a wonderful tour through some yummy IPAs courtesy of The Liberty! Must not forget that home-baked pretzels were provided by the restaurant as well – yummy!

Beer 1: Founders Double Trouble. 9.4% alcohol, 86 IBUs, winter seasonal, citrusy imperial double IPA. If you like a mildly hoppy ale, this is perfect for you!

Beer 2: Avery DuganA. 8.5% alcohol, 95 IBUs, grapefruity imperial double IPA. If you like a hoppy but fruity ale, this is the one for you!

Beer 3: Moylan’s Hopsicle. 9.2% alcohol, +100 IBUs, super hoppy IPA. If you like super hoppy, can-taste-3+-hop-varieties ales, this is your haven!

Beer 4: Mikkellar Hop Burn High. 10% alcohol, +300 IBUs, carmelly & smooth hop flavor, brewed in Copenhagen. If you like super smooth hop flavor, and/or a carmel undertone, then you are like me and in dire need of this ale!

I ranked the above on a scale of 5, in order: 3, 3, 3, 4.

And my favorite, the Hop Burn High, I just had to take a picture of (don’t you just love my purse, too?!? haha):

I also found this fabulous beer app/site called Untappd, that I got to play with while doing the tasting. Really cool, it lets you check in your beers you’re drinking, and location if you so chose, but gives you lots of info on the beer, plus similar beer recommemdations, and lets you rank your beers to figure out bettrr what you like. Whew and that is just a cursory knowledge of the app, yikes!

So y’all let me know what you ghink of these beers, and maybe come join us sometime for a Charlotte Beer Babes event! Until next time!

Craft you later,
Beth

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