India pale ale is the style that built craft beer. With bold, hoppy flavors, it was distinctive and different and tantalized tastebuds of craft beer drinkers.
IPA is a historic style, but historic doesn’t mean static. Yes, there are many modern interpretations of IPA, but even historic IPA evolved over time, in response to tastes, wars, taxation and many other factors that drive beer makers and beer drinkers.
Ron Pattinson is a British beer writer and historian who lives in Amsterdam. He has wasted the last two decades of his twilight years researching and obsessing over many beer-related topics.On his Shut up About Barclay Perkins blog, he writes in excruciating detail about beer history, mostly of British beer styles, with excursions across the Channel into German Austrian, Dutch and Scandinavian beer history. The books he has authored on beer history are almost innumerable. They are mostly significant for their single-word titles, such as “Porter!”, “Mild!” and “Bitter!” and their enormous page count. His published works include a book on brewing historic beers called “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer” and the definitive work on Scottish beer and brewing, the snappily-titled “Scotland! vol. 2”. The few copies of his books to be sold mostly reside in brewers’ offices. He is married and the father of two sons in their twenties, neither of whom have yet bothered to move out, despite numerous hints.
Mike Karnowski is the owner/brewer at Zebulon Artisan Ales in Weaverville that he runs with his wife Gabrielle. He is the author of Homebrew: Beyond The Basics, home brewer since 1986, historical beer enthusiast.
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