I know. The statement is blasphemous.
But I really am. Or just maybe I am over the IPA scene in Atlanta. There are is no shortage of IPAs that I adore out of the Midwest, Northeast and my home in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, this Fourth of July weekend, I am headed to Chicago to restock on old favorites from Pipeworks, Half Acre, Surly and any other goodies.
I was sitting in a bar with a friend and the sports bar we were at had an expansive menu and a pretty good selection of IPAs. I was over every single one of them. I found one that I hadn't had and I tried it. It was good. Nothing to blow me away but it worked.
Here is what I am finding. The market is saturated with IPAs and not all IPAs are created equal. I had one that made me say WTF is this swill and tossed it. I am running into this more and more and it is disappointing and expensive. I have gotten to the point that I would rather drink something that I know is good for the 100th time than try something new. The only way I will try something new is if I know someone who has had it. Untappd has become a great resource for this. If an IPA has less than a 4 star rating I can't be bothered.
I have several breweries that are on my wish list. Treehouse, Toppling Goliath, Hill Farmstead, La Cumbre, Bissell Brothers and Maine Brewing. Other than that I'm not interested in much else. I recently chased a beer in DC from DC Brau. What a let down.
Sours seem to be the way to go these days. The first time I had one I didn't like it but the style has grown on me over time.
Maybe after conquering one of my wish list beers I'll have a renewed interest but for now, I'm bored.
I went to Chicago to restock my beer fridge. Ended up going on a spur of the moment camping trip with friends in Southern Illinois. We drank all the beer and it was a lot. Only one beer made it back to Atlanta. Todd the Axe Man from Surly Brewing. I would be upset but it was good time so it was worth it.
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