Thursday marks IPA Day, when beer connoisseurs celebrate the popular bitter brew. Several East Valley bars and breweries are offering special events and beers on Aug. 7, providing beer drinkers with a plethora of choices for enjoying a pint or two of hoppy India pale ale. Here are a few of the options:
• The Hungry Monk (1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler), which always keeps a wide variety of hopped-up ales on tap, is hosting an IPA challenge from 6 to 9 p.m. in which patrons can participate in a blind taste test of six IPAs — Ska Modus Hoperandi, Hangar 24 Columbus IPA, Tempe-based Huss Brewing That’ll Do IPA, Black Market Rye IPA, Nebraska IPA and Upslope IPA. The cost is $10 for 6-oz. samples of each beer, and the Monk will also have about a half-dozen of additional craft-brewed IPAs available. (480) 963-8000.
• Taste of Tops (403 W. University Drive, Tempe) will be pouring IPAs from all 24 of its taps. The list includes favorites such as Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Founders Double Trouble, Green Flash Road Warrior, Odell Myrcenary, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, Ska Decadent and Stone’s delicious RuinTen, which clocks in at 10.8 percent ABV and 110 International Bittering Units (IBUs). If that’s not enough to please the palate of “hopheads,” customers can pick up some India pale ales to go from the cooler in the back or from the shelves of the attached Tops Liquor. (480) 967-2520.
• Customers at SanTan Brewing Co. (8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler) can toast IPA Day with two new brews. KiloHop, an imperial IPA brewed with orange blossom honey and citrusy Citra hops, and Negra Luna, a version of SanTan’s Negro Nitron black IPA aged in oak barrels that formerly housed Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila, debuted earlier this week at the popular downtown Chandler brewpub. SanTan will also have its HopShock IPA and MoonJuice wheat pale ale on tap. (480) 917-8700.
• Fate Brewing Co. (7337 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 105, Scottsdale) is worth the drive for East Valley residents; the brewpub has been producing top-notch beer since it opened in 2012. Fate will have five hoppy offerings to quaff on Thursday: Double Oatmeal IPA, Cedar Pale Ale, Coffee Pale Ale (made with coffee from the Valley’s Cartel Coffee Lab) and its regular Session IPA along with Pebbles Session IPA, which is actually brewed with a small amount of Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal. (480) 994-1275.
• The Brass Tap, located at Mesa Riverview (1033 N. Dobson Road), is offering an inexpensive way of enjoying the holiday by taking $1.50 off all IPAs. (480) 610-2337.
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