Inky Beer Factoid: September 6

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On this day in 1620, the Mayflower set sail on the most talked about voyage in the history of America. In order to have clean water (and a good source of carbohydrates) throughout the voyage, water was brewed into extremely low alcohol beer that was drank by all men, women, and children.

To give the beer a fighting chance of not spoiling during the voyage, stored in large barrels, brewers needed to hop the beer, greatly, as to allow the antimicrobial properties to proliferate the beer. This technique was used on previous trips to India, hence the use of the term “India Pale Ale,” or “IPA” today. To learn more about brewing and the evolution of IPAs, check out Mitch Steel’s book.

Which IPA is your “go-to” beer?

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